Liselotte Sundström

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Description of research and teaching

My main research interests concern social evolution in ants and focus on three main avenues: the proximate and ultimate causes intracolony conflicts and their resolution, population biology encompassing causes and consequences of inbreeding, and caste-specific life history trade-offs with respect to disease resistance and longevity.     

The work on conflict resolution uses several approaches, including behavioural experiments, the analysis of recognition cues encoded in cuticular chemistry, and genetic assessment of kinship. In particular we ask to what extent can workers enhance their inclusive fitness given the fact that colonies of the study species, Formica fusca, regularly contain multiple reproductive queens.  

The work on population biology and life history trade-offs entails several lines of questioning, all of which have their foundation in the long-term data set my group has collected on a population of Formica exsecta in the archipelago near the Tvärminne zoological station. From demographic and genotype data in conjunction with fitness-correlated traits we can estimate the life-time fitness of individual colonies, and selection on caste-specific trade-offs at the colony,  the individual, and the gene level.

 For information on our research group see: http://www.helsinki.fi/science/ants/

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Highlighted publications

  1. Natal dispersal, mating patterns and inbreeding in the ant Formica exsecta

    Vitikainen, E. I. K., Haag-Liautard, C. & Sundström, L. B. Dec 2015 In : American Naturalist. 186, 6, p. 716-727 12 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Ants medicate to fight disease

    Bos, N. P. M., Sundström, L. B., Fuchs, S-A. & Freitak, D. 2015 In : Evolution. 69, 11, p. 2979-2984 6 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Muurahaisia ja ihmisiä - sota, rauha ja avunanto

    Sundström, L. 2014 In : Tieteessä tapahtuu. 32, 1, p. 3-8 6 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalE1 Popular article, newspaper article

  4. Inbreeding-related trade-offs in stress resistance in the ant Formica exsecta

    Freitak, D., Bos, N., Stucki, D. & Sundström, L. 2014 In : Biology Letters. 10, 11, 4 p., 20140805

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  5. Transcriptome characterisation of the ant Formica exsecta with new insights into the evolution of desaturase genes in social Hymenoptera

    Badouin, H., Belkhir, K., Gregson, E., Galindo, J., Sundström, L., Martin, S. J., Butlin, R. K. & Smadja, C. M. 2013 In : PLoS One. 8, 7, 14 p., e68200

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  6. The value of oviposition timing, queen presence and kinship in a social insect

    Ozan, M., Helanterä, H. & Sundström, L. 2013 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences. 280, 1766, 6 p., 20131231

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  7. Sources of Variation in Cuticular Hydrocarbons in the Ant Formica exsecta

    Martin, S. J., Vitikainen, E., Shemilt, S., Drijfhout, F. P. & Sundstrom, L. Dec 2013 In : Journal of Chemical Ecology. 39, 11-12, p. 1415-1423 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Highlighted activities

  1. Vice dean

    Sundström, L. (Participant)
    2014 → …

    Activity: OtherTypes for other activities - Other

  2. Director of doctoral programme LUOVA

    Sundström, L. (Director)
    1 Jan 2012

    Activity: ExaminationDirector of doctoral programme

  3. Director of the Division for tuition in Swedish

    Sundström, L. (Participant)
    1 Aug 2003 → …

    Activity: OtherTypes for other activities - Other

  4. Conference organizer - IUSSI Europe

    Sundström, L. (Chair)
    8 Aug 201611 Aug 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  5. Workshop - Fondation Fyssen: The evolution of polygyny, causes and consequences

    Sundström, L. (Speaker: Keynote)
    17 Mar 201618 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  6. IST (Institute if Science and Technology) Austria (External organisation)

    Sundström, L. (Expert member)
    15 Apr 2015

    Activity: MembershipAssessment of candidates for academic posts

  7. Thesis examination

    Sundström, L. (Opponent)
    25 May 2015

    Activity: ExaminationOpponent of doctoral dissertation

  8. Thesis examination

    Sundström, L. (Opponent)
    27 May 2015

    Activity: ExaminationOpponent of doctoral dissertation

  9. Evolution (Journal)

    Sundström, L. (Member of editorial board)
    20122014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

  10. Insectes Sociaux (Journal)

    Sundström, L. (Member of editorial board)
    2011 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal

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Education

Fil. toht., muu tai tuntematon luonnontieteellinen

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