Members of the chair

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Entomology unit

Chair of Entomology in 2022

Researchers

Doctoral students

  • Robin Gielen, Entomopathogenic fungi as selective factors on insect life history
  • Nidal Fetnassi, Determinants of lepidopteran diversity in Estonia and Morocco 
  • Stênio Ítalo Araújo Foerster, Phylogenetic comparative analysis of body size in moths
  • Kerli Kuusk, Crowding effects in insect life histories: from phylogenetic meta-analyses to industrial applications
  • Vineesh Nedumpally, Assembling a phylogenetic tree of Northern European moths
  • Leonard Owuraku Opare, Rearing density effects and selection potential of commercially important insect species
  • Kadri Ude, The evolution of phenological patterns in insects: winter moths as an example
  • Daniel Valdma, Patterns of butterfly diversity: from basic spatial ecology to conservation practices
  • Auli Veske, Designing anthropogenic landscapes to promote butterfly diversity

Graduate students

  • Anni Miller, Determinants of orthopteran diversity and community composition in open habitats
 

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Toomas Tammaru

Head of the Department of Zoology, Professor of Entomology

Head of the Chair of Entomology

Mobile: 525 2420, office: Liivi 2, 433
toomas.tammaru@ut.ee

Research interests

  • Evolutionary ecology, mainly relating to insect body size, oviposition and colouration
  • Population ecology of herbivorous insects
  • Phylogeny and distribution of Macrolepidoptera

Courses

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Insect Ecology
  • Using Statistics in Ecology
  • Scientific Writing for Graduate Students

Toomas has supervised 12 doctoral dissertations and 11 master's theses.

He is currently supervising 4 doctoral and 3 master students. 

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Toomas Esperk

Associate Professor in Zoology of Invertebrates

Mobile: 53 302 480, office: Liivi 2, 436
toomas.esperk@ut.ee

Research interests

  • Effects of population density on insect life histories
  • Intergenerational differences in Lepidoptera
  • Insect growth curves
  • Evolution of body size

Courses

  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Field Course in Invertebrate Zoology
  • Comparative Invertebrate Zoology
  • Animal Ecophysiology
  • Insect Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Biodiversity in Estonia and Europe
  • Field Course in Science Education

Toomas has supervised 1 doctoral dissertation, 3 master's theses and 3 bachelor's theses.

He is currently supervising 1 doctoral, 2 master and 2 bachelor students. 

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Tiit Teder

Associate Professor of Entomology

Mobile: 53 421 492, office: Liivi 2, 442
tiit.teder@ut.ee

Research interests

  • Life history evolution (mainly in insects; body size, development time, growth rate, life span)
  • Sexual size dimorphism, sex differences in development time, mortality and other life history traits
  • Ecology (species richness, population dynamics) and conservation of butterflies
  • Plant-insect interactions (herbivory, pollination)

Courses

  • Insect Ecology
  • Parasitology
  • Field Course in Science Education

Tiit has supervised 5 doctoral dissertations, 8 master's theses and 12 bachelor's theses.

He is currently supervising 1 doctoral and 2 master students. 

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Robert Barry Davis

Research Fellow of Entomology

Office: Liivi 2, 440
robert.davis@ut.ee

Research interests

  • Phylogenetic comparative analysis
  • Supertrees
  • Macroevolution

 

    Courses

    • Phylogenetic trees in Ecology and Evolution 

     

     

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    Juhan Javoiš

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    Juhan

    Research Fellow of Entomology

    Office: Liivi 2, 440
    juhan.javois@ut.ee

    Research interests

    • Comparative ecology of Geometrid moths

    Courses

    • Insect Ecology
    • Field Course in Invertebrate Zoology 

    Juhan has supervised 1 doctoral dissertation and 1 master's thesis.

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    Ants Kaasik

    Ants Kaasik

    Research fellow of Biostatistics

    Mobile: 53977954, home office
    ants.kaasik@ut.ee

    Research interests

    • Using models with dependent observations in ecology
    • Meta-analysis in atypical situations

    Currently does not read courses; consults supervisors and students on statistics.

    Ants has supervised 3 master's theses.

     

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    Erki Õunap

    Erki Õunap

    Research Fellow of Entomology

    Phone: 737 5099, office: Liivi 2, 403
    erki.ounap@ut.ee

    Research interests

    • Lepidopteran systematics, ecology and faunistics

      Courses

      • Entomology
      • Insect Ecology
      • Field Course in Invertebrate Zoology

      Erki has supervised 1 doctoral dissertation and 2 master's theses.

      He is currently supervising 1 doctoral student.

       

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      Virve Sõber

      Virve Sõber

      Research Fellow of Entomology

      Mobile: 51 059 25, office: Liivi 2, 430
      virve.sober@ut.ee

      Research interests

      • Ecology
        • Plant-insect interactions
        • Effect of land use on pollinator assemblages
        • Plant-pollinator interactions in urban environments
      • Conservation biology
        • Conservation of native pollinators

      Courses

      • Green Entrepeneurship
      • Insect Ecology
      • Evolutionary Ecology

      Virve has supervised 1 master's and 3 bachelor's theses.

      She is currently supervising 4 bachelor students.

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      Sille Holm

      Sille Holm

      Research Fellow of Entomology

      Mobile: 5129610, office: Liivi 2, 440
      sille.holm@ut.ee

      Research interests

      • Lepidoptera of tropical rainforests and their ecology
      • Evolutionary ecology
      • Insects as food and feed

      Sille has supervised 1 master's and 1 bachelor's theses.

      She is currently supervising 2 doctoral students. 

       

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      Anu Tiitsaar

      Research Fellow of Entomology

      anu.tiitsaar@ut.ee

      Research interests

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      Anu Tiitsaar

      • Ecology and trends in species richness of butterflies
      • Monitoring and conservation of butterflies

       


       

       

      Anu has supervised 3 master's theses.

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      Robin Gielen

      Robin Gielen

      Doctoral student

      Mobile: 538 599 02, office: Liivi 2, 439
      robin.gielen@ut.ee

      Topic of dissertation

      • Entomopathogenic fungi as selective factors on insect life history

      Academic interests

      • Entomopathogens
      • Life-history
      • Insect-fungus interactions

      Teaching activity
      Supervises practical lessons under the course Invertebrate Zoology. He has supervised 1 bachelor's thesis.

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      Nidal Fetnassi

      Doctoral student

      Office: Liivi 2, 438

      nidal.fetnassi@ut.ee

      Phone number:

      • +372 5394 2832 Est
      • +212 626 415 846 Mar

       

      Topic of dissertation

      • Determinants of lepidopteran diversity in Estonia and Morocco

      Academic interests

      • Systematics
      • Plant - Lepidoptera interactions
      • Behavioural ecology

       

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        Stênio Ítalo Araújo Foerster

        Doctoral student

        Office: Liivi 2, 439
        stenio.foerster@ut.ee

        Topic of dissertation

        • Phylogenetic comparative analysis of body size in moths

        Academic interests

        • Numerical ecology
        • Macroecology
        • Phylogenetic comparative analysis

         

         

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          Kerli Kuusk

          Kerli Kuusk

          Doctoral student

          Office: Liivi 2, 438

          kerli.kuusk.e@ut.ee

           

          Topic of dissertation

          • Crowding effects in insect life histories: from phylogenetic meta-analyses to industrial applications

          Academic interests

           

           

           

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          Vineesh Nedumpally

          Doctoral student

          Office: Liivi 2, 438
          vineesh.nedumpally@ut.ee

           

          Topic of dissertation

          • Assembling a phylogenetic tree of Northern European moths

          Academic interests

          •  Molecular phylogenetics
          •  Molecular ecology
          •  Population genetics

           

           

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          Leonard Opare

          Leonard Owuraku Opare

          Doctoral student

          Mobile: 53952751, office: Liivi 2, 439
          leonard.owuraku.opare@ut.ee

          Topic of dissertation

          • Insects as food or feed
          • Rearing density effects and selection potential of commercially important insect species

          Academic interests

          • Black soldier fly Hermetia illucens
          • Population density
          • Life-history
          • Evolution

          Supervises practical lessons under the course Using Statistics in Ecology.

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          Kadri Ude

          Doctoral student

          Mobile: 58027972, office: Liivi 2, 411
          kadri.ude@ut.ee

           

          Topic of dissertation

          • The evolution of phenological patterns in insects: winter moths as an example

          Academic interests

          • evolutionary ecology of insects
          • comparative studies
          • diversity patterns in Lepidoptera

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          Daniel Valdma

          Daniel Valdma

          Doctoral student

          Mobile: , office: Liivi 2
          daniel.valdma@ut.ee

           

          Topic of dissertation

          • Patterns of butterfly diversity: from basic spatial ecology to conservation practices

          Academic interests

             

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            Auli Veske

            Auli Veske

            Doctoral student

            Mobile: , office: Liivi 2
            auli.veske@ut.ee

             

            Topic of dissertation

            • Designing anthropogenic landscapes to promote butterfly diversity

            Academic interests

               

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              Anni Miller

              Master student

              Supervisor: Tiit Teder  

               

              The topic of master's thesis

              • Determinants of orthopteran diversity and community composition in open habitats

              Main academic interests

              • Orthoptera
              • Species and biodiversity
              • Landscape ecology

               

               

               

               

               

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