Chair of Entomology

The chair's seminars are centered around presentations given by graduate students, but might also include other relevant presentations and activities.

Next seminar

Autumn 2023/2024 seminars

1 November, 8 November, 22 November, 12 December, 20 December. You are welcome to attend!

December 12th, 2023

First-year PhD students present their plans:

1. Auli Veske

Insect diversity in anthropogenic landscapes

 2. Kadri Ude

Living „out of season“: the evolutionary ecology of winter moths

 3. Kerli Kuusk

Crowding effects in insect life histories


November 22nd, 2023

1) Stenio Foerster

Unraveling evolutionary patterns: the interplay of body size and life-history traits in geometrid moths

2) Vineesh Nedumpally

Phylogenomics of North European Noctuidae based on Anchored Hybrid Enrichment technology

November 8th, 2023

Robin Gielen

Pre-defence of doctoral thesis "Diversity and ecological role of pathogenic fungi in insect populations“

November 1st, 2023

1) Nidal Fetnassi

Moth communities in natural, semi-natural and agricultural habitats within the semi-arid landscape of Morocco

2) Daniel Valdma

Butterfly stories from grasslands and clear-cuts?

May 23rd, 2023

Pre-defences of master's theses (in Estonian):

1) Aivar-Erik Pärna

Elupaigakasutus kahel obligatoorselt sipelgaseoselisel sinilibliklasel

2) Kadri Ude

Tiibade kuju evolutsioon vaksiklastel

3) Kelly Kittus

Värvustunnuste evolutsiooniline ökoloogia paelöölastel

April 12nd 2023

1) Leonard O. Opare

The effect of rearing density and entomopathogens as co-stressors on black soldier fly larvae immunity and life history traits

2) Vineesh Nedumpally

AHE (Anchored Hybrid Enrichment, a relatively new DNA sequencing technology) data processing 

January 18th 2023

1) Nidal Fetnassi

Zvaríková M, Prokop P, Zvarík M, Ježová Z, Medina-Jerez W and Fedor P (2021). What Makes Spiders Frightening and Disgusting to People? Front. Ecol. Evol. 9:694569. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.694569

… and her fieldwork in Morocco

2) Arevik Ghrmajyan

A phylogenetic-comparative study of resting postures on Geometridae moths 

3) Auli Veske

B.B. Phillips, C. Wallace, B.R. Roberts, A.T. Whitehouse, K.J. Gaston, J.M. Bullock, L.V. Dicks, J.L. Osborne. Enhancing road verges to aid pollinator conservation: a review. Biol. Conserv. (2020), doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108687 

December 21st 2022

1) Triin Lepik

Entomology in Charles University in Czech republic, her Erasmus experience

2) Marko Prous

What is going on in Oulu University and a bit of nanosequenching

3) Kadri Ude

Joschinski, J. and Bonte, D. (2021), Diapause and bet-hedging strategies in insects: a meta-analysis of reaction norm shapes. Oikos, 130: 1240-1250. 

December 14th 2022

1) Stênio Ítalo Araújo Foerster

Krams, R. et al. 2021 Spider odors induce stoichiometric changes in fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.   

Current Zoology 67: 127–129. : 

2) Daniel Valdma

Warren, M. S., Maes, D., van Swaay, C. A. M., Goffart, P., van Dyck, H., Bourn, N. A. D., et al. (2021). The decline of butterflies in Europe: problems, significance, and possible solutions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 118:e2002551117. doi: 10.1073/PNAS.2002551117 

November 23rd 2022

1) Kelly Kittus

Pasqual, C. D. , Groot, T. A., Mappes, J., Burdfeel-Steel, E. (2021). Evolutionary importance of intraspecific variation in sex pheromones. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 36(9), 848-859. 

2) Aivar-Erik Pärna

Erasmus+ exchange at the University of Konstanz in the Kleineidam Behavioral Neurobiology research group

November 9th 2022

1) Vineesh Nedumpally

Phalnikar, K., Kunte, K., & Agashe, D. (2019). Disrupting butterfly caterpillar microbiomes does not impact their survival and development. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1917), 20192438. 

2) Leonard Opare

Promislow, D. E. L., Flatt, T., & Bonduriansky, R. (2022). The Biology of Aging in Insects: From Drosophila to Other Insects and Back. Annual Review of Entomology67(1), 83–103.  

October 26, 2022

1) Robin Gielen

Vorburger, C. 2022. Defensive Symbionts and the Evolution of Parasitoid Host Specialization. Annual Review of Entomology. 65: 329-346

2) Anni Miller

Rimsaite, Jolanta & Ivinskis, Povilas & Bartkevičienė, Galina & Bernotienė, Rasa. (2022). The northward spread of the European mantis, Mantis religiosa (Mantodea: Mantidae): Data from Lithuania. European Journal of Entomology. 119. 318-326.


Spring 2021/2022

May 18, 2022


1) Anni Miller 

Knoblauch, A.,Thoma, M., Menz, M.H.M. 2021. Autumn southward migration of dragonflies along the Baltic coast and the influence of weather on flight behaviour. Animal Behaviour, Volume 176, 2021, Pages 99-109, ISSN 0003-3472. (EST)

2) Aivar-Erik Pärna

Suen, G., Teiling, C., Li, L., Holt, C., Abouheif, E., & Bornberg-Bauer, E. et al. (2011). The Genome Sequence of the Leaf-Cutter Ant Atta cephalotes Reveals Insights into Its Obligate Symbiotic Lifestyle. Plos Genetics, 7(2), e1002007. (EST)

May 10, 2022

1) Nidal Fetnassi

Effect of land use on moth communities in a village  in High Atlas Mountains of Morocco  

2) Kerli Kuusk

Asustustiheduse mõju võsavaksiku (Hypomecis atomaria) elukäigutunnustele

May 4, 2022

1) Leonard Opare 

Exploring the effects of rearing density and entomopathogenic fungi exposure on black soldier fly larva immunity 

2) Triin Lepik 

Ormond MT et al. 2011. Avoidance of a generalist entomopathogenic fungus by the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 77: 229–237, 

April 20, 2022

1)Sigitas Podėnas

will introduce Lithuanian Nature research center.  

2) Kadri Ude 

 Mouchet, M.A., Villéger, S., Mason, N.W.H. and Mouillot, D. (2010), Functional diversity measures: an overview of their redundancy and their ability to discriminate community assembly rules. Functional Ecology, 24: 867-876. 

3) Kelly Kittus 

„Panda is cryptic“

April 12, 2022

1) Vineesh Nedumpally 

Anchored hybrid enrichment technology - a breakthrough in phylogenetics 

2) Robin Gielen 

Ben-Ami, F. 2019. Host age effects in invertebrates: epidemiological, ecological, and evolutionary implications. -  Trends in Parasitology 35(6): 466-480


December 15, 2021

1) Kadri Ude 

Testing the efficiency of bait-trapping in relation to weather and landscape parameters combined with Moth communities on forest clear-cuts: impacts of clear-cut age and reforestation method

2) Triin Lepik 

 Lepatriinude (Coccinellidae) värvuse varieeruvus (liigi siseselt ja/või liikide vahel?) 

3) Aivar-Erik Pärna  

 Peremeessipelgate mõju kahe sipelgaseoselise päevaliblika elupaigakasutusel


Master students

duration: ca 12 minutes 
main purpose: to present your plans and convince the audience that your project is feasible
sisu: ca 1/4 of the allotted time should be dedicated on the background system

PhD students

duration: ca 25 minutes
main purpose: to present your plans and convince the audience that your project is feasible
sisu: ca 1/2 of the allotted time should be dedicated on the background system

Background system

  • What is known about this particular topic?
  • What remains unknown?
  • How will your work contribute to filling the knowledge gaps?

Bachelor’s degree graduation ceremony 2024