Curriculum Vitae

Saskya van Nouhuys

(updated August 2018)

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Ph.D. Entomology: Cornell University 

B.A. Biology: University of California at Santa Cruz 

Positions held

3/11-12/17                Docent, PI
                                 Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences,                               University of Helsinki                                                                                     

5/03-12/17:              Senior Researcher, PI          
                                Metapopulation Research Group, Dept. of Biological and                     Environmental sciences, U. of Helsinki

2/10-present:         Adjunct Associate Professor  
                                Department of Entomology, Cornell University

2/10- 2/16:              Visiting Associate Professor,  
                                Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

8/09-8/14:               Academy Research Fellow, PI, 
                               Metapopulation Reseach group, Dept. of Biological and Environmental sciences, U. of Helsinki

10/02- 02/10:         Visiting Assistant Professor,
                               Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

9/04 -12/04, 9/08 -12/08, 1-4/12: Lecturer,
                              Department of Entomology, Cornell University

4/01-5/03:              Researcher,  
                              Metapopulation Research Group, Dept. of Ecology and Systematics, U. of Helsinki

4/97- 4/01:            Post-doctoral Fellow
                              Dept. of Ecology and Systematics,U. of Helsinki

9/00-9/02:             Visiting Fellow
                              Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

9/98-9/00:             Visiting Fellow          
                              Department of Entomology, Cornell University

9/90-1/97:             Ph.D. support in Entomology at Cornell University:
                              3 year NSF pre-doctoral fellowship, 3 year teaching assistantships, 1 semester departmental fellowship

88-90:                    Field assistant for California Agricultural Extension


Population Ecology in Fagmented Landscapes: University of Helsinki (Co-instructor Fall 2014, 15, 16, 17, 18

Spatial Population Ecology (1 semester course) Cornell University (Spring 01, 05,  07, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18), University of Argentina (Spring 06)

Applied Entomology (lectures & laboratory): Cornell University (Co-instructor Spring 11)

Introductory Entomology (1 semester course, all lectures & laboratories): Cornell University (Fall 04, Fall 08)

Metacommunity Ecology (1 week course) Uppsala University, Sweden (Co-instructor Spring 08)

Evolutionary Biology: University of Helsinki, Finland (Co-instructor, Spring 98)

Guest lectures at Cornell University: Dispersal, Ecological Genetics, Insect Ecology, Metacommunity ecology, Parasitoid Ecology

Graduate teaching assistant: General Evolution, General Ecology, Applied Entomology, Cultural Entomology, Introductory Biology


Graduate field member  at Cornell university in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary biology (2011-) and the field of Entomology (2013-), PI/doent Ecoloogy and Evolutionary Biology, Uniersity of Helsinki (2009-)

Journal peer reviews (15-20 per year): Acta Oecologica, African Invertebrates, American Naturalist, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Annales Zoologici Fennici, Australian Journal of Zoology, Basic and Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biocontrol, Biological Invasions, The Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biology Letters, Crop Sciences, Ecography, Ecological Applications, Ecological Entomology, Ecological Modeling, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecosphere, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Entomologica Fennica, Environmental Entomology, Ethology, European Journal of Entomology, Evolution, Functional Ecology, ISRN Zoology, J. of Animal Ecology, J. of Applied Ecology, J. of Biological Control, J. of Chemical Ecology, J. of Evolutionary Biology, J. of Insect Behavior, J. of Insect Physiology, J. of Insect Science, J. of Natural History, Nature, Nature Communications, Naturwissenschaften, Landscape and Urban Planning, Molecular Ecology, Nature, Oecologia, Oikos, PLoS 1, Proceedings of the Royal Society B., Science, Scientific Reports

Grant proposal reviews: NSF (3), USDA-NRI proposals to “Biologically Based Pest Management” program (8), and to the “Managed Ecosystems” program (2), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (1), Heinz foundation (1), Bank of America (1), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, French National Research Agency (5), SDE-Graduate Women in Science Fellowships (2), ESF (4)

Editor/Editorial board:

-Associate editor for Ecological Entomology (2017 - present)
-Guest editor for Annales Zoologici Fennici  Ilkka Hanski: The Legacy of a Multifaceted Ecologist (2017).
-Editorial board Science Reports, Nature publishing Group, (2015-present)
-Editorial board Current Opinion in Insect Science  (2013-present)
-Guest editor for issue of Current Opinion in Insect Science on Community            Ecology (2014)
-Editorial board Annals of the Entomological Society of America Editorial board (2008‐2012)ISRN 

Symposia organized:

--Spatial population and community dynamics during climate change- International Congress of Entomology, Helsinki, 2020
-New insights on parasitoids and hyperparasitoids in terrestrial trophic networks- International Congress of Entomology, Helsinki, 2020
-Plant Secondary Chemistry and Insect-Plant Interactions: The role of Iridoid Glycosides- Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 2013 (co-organize with Deane Bowers)
-The ecology of parasitoids of butterflies - 5th Conference on Butterfly Biology, Italy, 2007

-Best masters thesis advisor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2011
-Associate Professor promotion evaluation Uppsala University, Sweden, 2010
-Ph.D. Opponent  2005, University Utrecht NL;  2007, Stockholm University, SWE

Students and Postdoctoral fellows

For photos and contact information about students, postdoc and visitors in my lab see: Parasitoid Ecology Group.

Postdoctoral fellows supervised

Dr. Abhilash Nair (2013- 2018) Helsinki, Finland- Spatial population genetics of parasitoid wasps

Dr. Joanneke Reudler (2014-16) Helsinki & Kupio, Finland- Specificity of attraction by parasitoids to volatile chemicals emited by plants. (co-advised with Jarmo Holopainen)

Dr. Kristina Karlsson-Green (2012- 2014) Helsinki, Finland- Multitrophic interactions between a plant, phytopathogen, herbivore and a parasitoid (with A.-L. Laine, M. Saastamoinen)

Dr. Delia Pinto Zevallos (2012) Helsinki, Finland- Emissions of herbivore-induced volatile organic compounds in Plantago lanceolata and Veronica spicata

Marcela Castelo (2005) Helsinki/Argentina. Attraction of parasitoid wasps to herbivore infested host plants (co-supervise with Juan Corely)

PhD students supervised

Wolfgang Reschka (studied 2012- 2017) Helsinki, Finland- Spatial foraging behavior of a parasitoid wasp

Christelle Couchoux ( Ph.D 09-13) Helsinki, Finland- Parasitoid forgaing in a competitive environment

Katie Montovan (Ph.D 08-13) Cornell University, USA- Cooperative behavior in bees, wasps and burglars (Subject supervisors: S. Strogatz & L. E. Jones, I was thesis supervisor)

Maaria Kankare (Ph.D 1999-04) Helsinki- Phylogeny and host associations of Cotesia parasitoids attacking checkerspot butterflies (supevisor: I. Hanski)

Ph.D student committe member at Cornell University: Katie Sirianni (finished 2018), Tim Luttermoser (current), & four advasory comittees at University of Helsinki

Past masters students/interns 

Yann Bially (2017) France (research in Finland) mechanisms of avoiding the pitfalls of haplodiploid sex determination in the parasitoid wasp Cotesia glomerata

Emma Hakanen (14-17) Helsinki-The influence of mating environment on the sex of parasitoid wasp offspring

Marina Granger-Brown (2014) Harper Adams University, UK (research in Finland)- Analysis of of antagonistic interactions between parasitoid wasps (co-advised with W. Reschka)

Pil Rasmussen (13-14) Copenhagen University (research in Finland)- Parasitoid-plant-phytopathogen interactions (Co-advised with K. Karlsson Green)

Aapo Ahola (11- 13) Helsinki- Heritability traits associated with landscape structure in Plantago lanceolata (Co-advised with A.-L. Laine)

Peter Kullberg (10-12) Helsinki- Habitat fragmentation and plant performance (Co-advised with A.-L. Laine)

Riikka Alanen (10-12) Helsinki- Habitat fragmentation and the performance of a wind and an insect pollinated plants (Co-advised with A.-L. Laine)

David Muru (2012) France (research in Finland) The role of host group behavior in host-parasitoid interactions 

Suvi Pakarinen (10-11) Helsinki- Host-parasitoid relationship in different C. melitaearum and M. cinxia populations around the Baltic Sea (MSc,co-advised with I. Hanski)

Markku Ojanen (05- 08) Helsinki - Multitrophic level interaction between a plant, pathogen, herbivore, and parasitoid (Co- advised with A.-L. Laine)

Anne Reichgelt (07) National University of Ireland (research in Finland)- Density dependent hyperparasitism due to aggregation of adult female hyperparasitoids (MSc)

Kaisa Torri (05-07) Helsinki - Natural history of the marsh fritillary Melitaea athalia in Åland, Finland (MSc, Co-advised with I. Hanski)

Riikka Kaartinen (03-06) Oulu, Finland – Within patch searching behavior of an extremely mobile parasitoid wasp, Hyposoter horticola (MSc, co-advise with S. Rytkönen)

Lucie Salvaudon (02) Paris, France (research in Finland) – Experimental test of host avoidance of parasitism by Hyposoter horticola

Johanna Ehrnsten (01-03) Helsinki- Movement and oviposition behavior of an extremely mobile parasitoid wasp, Hyposoter horticola (MSc)

Christian Anton (00 - 01) Jena, Germany (research in Finland) – Behavioral and developmental responses of a specialist parasitoid wasp to host larvae on two host food plant species (MSc)

Eeva Punju (00 - 02) Helsinki- Interspecific competition between immature parasitoid wasps within host larvae (MSc)


Ecological Society of America; Entomological Society of America; Eurpoan Society of Evolutionary Ecology; International Society of Hymenopterists; International Organization for Biological Control; Xerces Society

Past Research funding

The Åland islands network of animal and plant species as a model for ecological and evolutionary research
PIs: Ilkka Hanski, Anne Duplouy, Anna-Liisa Laine, Marjo Saastamoinen & Saskya van Nouhuys (alphabetical after Hanski)
Funding agency:  Erkko foundation
Amount:   375,00 €
Duration:   20014-2017 

Center of excellence in Metapopulation Research
PIs: I. Hanski M. Cabeza, M. Frilander, A-L Laine, A. Moilanen, O. Ovaskainen, S. van Nouhuys (alphabetical after Hanski)
Funding agency: Academy of Finland
Amount:   Approximately 5,500,000 €
Duration:   20012-2017 (five years)

Parasitoid population and community ecology
PI:  S. van Nouhuys

Funding agency: Academy of Finland
Amount:  ≈510,000€ (≈ $650K)
Duration:  2009-2014 (5 years)

Small grants (1000-10,000 €) from private foundations in Finland for projects, international collaboration, and travel (various, years 2000-2017)

Invited departmental seminars (N = 25)

Talks conferences/workshops/symposia (N = 47, 16 of them invited, 1 plenary)

Incomplete list of poster presentations at meetings