Mappes, Johanna: Finnish CoE in Biological Interactions Research

The research focus of the CoE is on events occurring between different organisms and between different individuals of the same species. The big questions are often the same regardless of whether studying, for instance, plants, fungi, insects, bacteria, humans or complete ecosystems.

These interactions can be based on either cooperation or competition, and may entail predator-prey or host-parasite interactions, or social interactions within a single species. Surprisingly often there are conflicts of interest between different levels of organisations, individuals and populations.

A comprehensive and in-depth study of biological interactions requires a common frame of reference. For the CoE, that frame of reference is natural selection, which occurs at all levels of life.

The CoE is researching these interactions in ecologically realistic settings, across several trophic and selection levels and covering the organism selection ranging from viruses to vertebrates. This will provide a more in-depth understanding of the interactions and conditions that either help different organisms adapt to the changing environment or inevitably lead to their extinction.

Biological questions in nature conservation and the major environmental problems of our day are ultimately outcomes of conflicts of interest. That is why it is important to make people aware of behavioural models that date back to prehistoric times.

Academy Professor Johanna Mappes, University of Jyväskylä, tel. +358 14 260 2317, johanna.mappes(at)

Sites of research: University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki

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Academy Professor Johanna Mappes
University of Jyväskylä,
tel. +358 14 260 2317

Sites of research: University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki

Last modified 19 Feb 2015
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