Tuomas Aivelo


Description of research and teaching

I'm broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions and parasite-parasite interactions. I did my master thesis in Team::Antzz with the activation of immune defense and my PhD thesis in Jukka Jernvall's lab on the dynamics of intestinal parasites in mouse lemurs. I have spent years 2016 and 2017 in University of Zürich where I studied the environmental, genetic and individual effects on the microbiota of ticks and especially on the tick-borne pathogens. 

Since the beginning of 2018, I have been working on Helsinki Urban Rat Project, with the aim to map the population structure and dynamics of urban rats in Helsinki and to look what parasites and pathogens they are carrying.

Generally, I like doing both field and laboratory work and I have used both the cutting-edge molecular tools and traditional morphological tools to identify parasites. While I enjoy working both on evolutionary parasitology and disease ecology, lately my work has been more ecology-related.

In addition, I have been visiting scholar in the faculty of behavioural sciences since 2016. I work the on biology education and didactics. My current research project relates to how upper secondary school teachers and students perceive the concept of gene and how they understand gene function. In additional, I have studied the use of mobile augmented reality games in learning biology.


Curriculum Vitae

Latest publications

  1. Parasite–microbiota interactions potentially affect intestinal communities in wild mammals

    Aivelo, T. J. E. & Norberg, A. M. I., Mar 2018, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 87, 2, p. 438-447 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Metabarcoding gastrointestinal nematodes in sympatric endemic and non-endemic species in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

    Aivelo, T. J. E., Medlar, A. J., Löytynoja, A. P., Laakkonen, J. T. & Jernvall, J. T., Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Primatology. 39, 1, p. 49–64 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Exploring non-invasive sampling of parasites by metabarcoding gastrointestinal nematodes in Madagascar frog species

    Aivelo, T. J. E., Harris, K., Cadle, J. E. & Wright, P. C., 2018, In : Basic & applied herpetology. 32, p. 29-40 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. European Researchers in Didactics of Biology ERIDOB 2018: XII Conference of European Researchers in Didactics of Biology Zaragoza, Spain.

    Tuomas Aivelo (Speaker: Presenter)
    Jul 2018 → …

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

  2. Pro gradun ohjaus

    Tuomas Aivelo (Supervisor)
    Jun 2018 → …

    Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

  3. Koneen ja Nesslingin säätiön vaikuttavuuskoulutus

    Tuomas Aivelo (Speaker)
    3 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Latest projects

  1. HURP: Helsinki Urban Rat Project

    Aivelo, T.

    01/01/2018 → …

    Project: Research project_Research

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