Tuomas Aivelo


Description of research and teaching

As an evolutionary biologist, I'm interested in multidisciplinary and broad research themes. That's why I find Jernvall Group right one for me. I did my master thesis in Team::Antzz on the onset of immune response in wood ant (Formica exsecta). In spring 2010 I joined Jernvall Group. The life history aspects – and immunology – stays though I changed the animals to bigger and fluffier.

Broadly, my research revolves around intestinal parasite community. My data set is the microchipped wild brown mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. I'm mostly interested in what kind of changes there are in the individual lemurs' intestinal parasite community over their lifetime. For studying this, I'm developing genetic methods for parasite identification. Other aspects I might be investigating are the differences between sexes, parasite transmission between mammals and the considerations in conservation biology.

Apart the research, I'm dividing my time between coaching the team members for International Biology Olympics, developing FANC's net site Ikkuna Suomen luontoon, assisting in radio program Luontoilta and doing occasional guidances in Korkeasaari Zoo. I'm also involved in University administration in several positions of trust.

My bloggings in Finnish from Madagascar from 2010 can be read from Yliopisto magazine and from 2011 in Fifi web site.


Curriculum Vitae

Latest publications

  1. Population- and individual-level dynamics of the intestinal microbiota of a small primate

    Aivelo, T. J. E., Laakkonen, J. T. & Jernvall, J. T. Jun 2016 In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82, 12, p. 3537-3545 9 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Digital gaming for evolutionary biology learning: The case study of parasite race, an augmented reality location-based game

    Aivelo, T. & Uitto, A. 2016 In : LUMAT: Research and Practice in Math, Science and Technology Education. 4, 1, p. 1-25 25 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Longitudinal Monitoring of Parasites in Individual Wild Primates

    Aivelo, T. J. E. Nov 2015 Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto. 112 p. (Dissertationes Schola Doctoralis Scientiae Cirmuectalis, Alimentarie, Biologicae. Universitatis Helsinkiensis; vol. 2015, no. 17)

    Research output: Collection of ArticlesDoctoral thesis

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Latest activities

  1. Ylöjärven lukion ilmiöpohjainen kurssi

    Aivelo, T. (Speaker: Keynote)
    23 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  2. European Congress of Mammalogy

    Aivelo, T. (Speaker: Presenter)
    17 Aug 201521 Aug 2015

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

  3. Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

    Aivelo, T. (Poster Presentation)
    10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015

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

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