Etsuko Nonaka


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 37 52
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N 540
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am an ecologist and modeler and broadly interested in the interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes in a spatial context. My research goal is to understand how ecological and evolutionary mechanisms propagate throught the levels of the biological organization from genes to populations, communities, and landscapes. More specifically, I want to integrate population genetics and population dynamics in heterogeneous landscapes. Currently, I am working on several modeling projects looking at eco-evolutionary dynamics in a spatial context. In one project, I developed an individual based model of a metapopulation and parameterized it with extensive data and knowledge available for the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) living in the Åland islands, in SW Finland. Using the model, I study the effects of inbreeding depression and landscape structure on metapopulation persistence. I also collaborate with colleagues at the University of Helsinki to study the effects of butterfly population dynamics on inbreeding depression in the hyperparasitoid (Mesochorus cf. stigmaticus) parasitizing the butterfly. I also have a collaboration with butterfly researchers in North America to study the effects of landscape structure on maintaining genetic diversity in fluctuating environments. At SU, I am currently developing a research plan to study plant-insect-microbe interactions in an oak woodland with Dr. Ayco Tack and others from the department.

I am currently a VR international postdoc, supported by a grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2018). I have spent three years as a postdoc in the Metapopulation Research Centre at the University of Helsinki. I started at SU in January 2018 and will spend the rest of the funding period. 

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Last updated: February 8, 2018

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