- Research interests
I studied Forestry with a major on Wildlife Conservation, Range Science and Fisheries. My previous research focuses on community ecology, inter- and intra-specific interactions and species distribution models. I have been using resource selection functions to develop habitat preference models of the black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) in Scotland. Other projects include microhabitat selection and diversity patterns of reptile communities as well as sexual dimorphism of land tortoises (Testudo sp.) in Greece.
- Current project
Why individuals behave differently? How can the reaction of an individual affect the collective behavior of a population? My PhD project addresses questions relevant to intra-specific behavioural differences and the most efficient methods to test them. The results will help understanding the mechanisms of variation and consistency of animal’s reactions. This project is part of the collaborative research centre SFB-TRR 212: NC³.
In order to obtain an overview of niche individualization I will use meta-analytical methods. Meta-analysis is a powerful tool for behavioural ecology as it provides an overview of scientific results. Additionally, further research implications and research gaps can be detected and highlighted through meta-analytical processes.
My goals are to understand the causation of individual behaviour and to develop new frameworks that will be useful to future studies in behavioural ecology.
- Publications and preprints
Takola, E. & Schielzeth, H. (2022). Hutchinson’s ecological niche for individuals. Biology & Philosophy doi: 10.1007/s10539-022-09849-y
Trappes, R., Nematipour, B., Kaiser, M.I., Krohs, U., van Benthem, K.J., Ernst, U.R., Gadau, J., Korsten, P., Kurtz, J., Schielzeth, H., Schmoll, T. & Takola, E. (2022). How individualized niches arise: Mechanisms of niche construction, niche choice, and niche conformance. BioScience 72: 538-548. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biac023
Moran, N.P., Caspers, B.A., Chakarov, N., Ernst, U.R., Fricke, C., Kurtz, J., Lilie, N.D., Lo, L.K., Müller, C., Takola, E., Trimmer, P.C., van Benthem, K.J., Winterlitz, J. & Wittmann, M.J. (2022). Shifts between cooperation and antagonism driven by individual
variation: a systematic synthesis review. Oikos 2022: e08201. doi: 10.1111/oik.08201
Takola, E., Krause, E.T., Müller, C. & Schielzeth, H. (2021). Novelty at second glance: a critical appraisal of the novel object paradigm based on meta-analysis. Animal Behaviour 180: 123-142. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.07.018