Ayco Tack

Ayco Tack


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Arbetar vid Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik
Telefon 08-16 39 59
Besöksadress Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Rum N420
Postadress Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Research interest

I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of species interactions. I currently aim to combine experimental, theoretical and molecular techniques to study interkingdom interactions between plants, microbes and insects. For this, I have worked extensively on the spatial dynamics of the insect and pathogen community on the oak tree Quercus robur and the below- and aboveground food web surrounding the perennial herb Plantago lanceolata. I am currently expanding my research to the diseases and insects on semi-wild coffee in SW Ethiopia, and started to explore new study systems associated with Sweden’s perennial plants. Overall, I am broadly interested how ecological and evolutionary interactions between plants, insects and microbes play out in a spatial setting.


Group members

Group members are Pil Rasmussen (PhD student), Maria Faticov (PhD student), Laura van Dijk (PhD student), Alvaro Gaytán (PhD student), Etsuko Nonaka (postdoctoral researcher), Ahmed Abdelfattah (postdoctoral researcher), Jessie Mutz (visiting PhD student), Oliver Moss (MSc student), Ryan McClory (MSc student) and Anna Barr (field assistant, outreach). I  co-supervise Beyene Hailu (PhD student), Adam Ekholm (PhD student), Abebe Woldesenbet (MSc student) and Tamiru Shimales (MSc student).

Master students

If you are looking for a master project, I would be happy to suggest or supervise projects on a broad range of topics related to plants, microbes and insects, either in Sweden or in Ethiopia. Please feel free to send me an informal email or walk into my office. You may also browse my publications and personal website to get a feel for the topics I work on. (That said, I would also be happy to supervise a project that is somewhat out of the scope of my current projects.)

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I am coordinating the course Biological Statistics III (7.5 ECTS) in early winter (December / January). In spring I co-organize the course Interactions in Ecological Communities (15 ECTS) and lecture in the course Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.




Senast uppdaterad: 4 februari 2021

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