Highlights from spring 2017

(top) Maria Faticov and Adam Ekholm are heating the oak food web to study the impact of climate on phenology, microbes & insects. (bottom-left) Laura van Dijk’s new project on the spatial dynamics of systemic diseases in the wood anemone. (bottom-right) The impact of overwintering temperature on the spring phenology of insects on oak: waiting for thousands of leaf miners, gallers and their parasitoids to emerge.

Highlights from spring & summer 2016

Compilation King & Coffee
(top) Meeting
the Swedish King at the Royal Palace. I received a grant for höstförsöket (our new citizen science project) where we will collaborate with school children across Sweden to disentangle the relationship between climate, phenology and the oak food web. (bottom) A sprouting coffee bean in Goma forest, where we launched our new SIDA-funded project on coffee pests and pathogens in SW Ethiopia.

Other major & minor events:

Highlights from autumn & winter 2015

Fieldwork by Pil Rasmussen – spring and summer 2015

Spring and summer 2015_Pil Rasmussen

(top) Setting up a PlantPopNet population in the beautiful surrounding of Östra Ryd (North of Stockholm). (bottom-left) Looking at the vegetation and soil community associated with Plantago lanceolata in Åland, Finland, and comparing it to a study done 6 years ago by Stafva Lindström and Anna-Liisa Laine from Helsinki University. (bottom-right) Genetic analyses of the arbuscular mycorrhizal community in collaboration with Anders Andersson, Luisa Hugerth and Björn Lindahl at SciLifeLab.

Mesocosm experiment by Pil Rasmussen

Using swimming pools to detect the impact of dispersal limitation and plant genotype on the belowground community in a lovely experiment run by Pil Rasmussen at the James Hutton Institute:


Highlights from spring 2014

A bi-yearly update on cool stuff!

  • Pil Rasmussen started her first PhD experiment at the James Hutton Institute (Scotland) in collaboration with Alison Bennett and Roy Neilson
  • A grant from the Societas Entomologica Helsingforsiensis to study the role of Symbionts within Food Webs (Advertisement for master project)
  • A keynote talk at the Danish OIKOS meeting (Odense, Denmark)
  • A talk at the Plant Frontiers seminar series of the Linnean Centre in Uppsala, Sweden (thanks to Johan Stenberg for hosting me!)
  • First publication in one of the glossies, which was covered in several media:
  • Perspective in Science by Meghan Duffy
    The Scientist

    Move to Stockholm!

    Our lab recently moved to Stockholm, where I (Ayco) will start as an assistant professor (‘biträdende lektor’). The position revolves around ‘Plant-based species interactions‘.

    The new visiting address is:
    Svante Arrheniusväg 20A
    114 18 Stockholm

    Postal address:
    Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
    Stockholm University
    SE-106 91 Stockholm

    And my personal webpage at the department

    Hello world!

    Launch of the website! (some updates and new links may come soon)

    Here a link to the university website including many facts & CV: