Anssi Vainikka

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Eastern Finland

Fields of interest: 

Individual variation in animal behaviour and its evolutionary consequences
Indirect individual- and population-level effects of predation and parasitism.
Evolution of resource allocation in innate immune defence
Role of behavioural syndromes in life-history evolution with and without antropogenic influences
Evolutionary effects of recreational fishing
Evolution of sexual dimorphism and sex-specific life-histories
Endocrinological control of resource allocation and life-history trade-offs
Evolution and mechanisms of sexual selection
Life history variation along environmental gradients
Occurrence of diseases and parasites as an evolutionarily ecological question

Recent publications:

Niemelä, P.T., Vainikka, A., Hedrick, A.V. & Kortet, R.:
Integrating behavior with life history: boldness of the field cricket, Gryllus integer, during ontogeny.
Functional Ecology, 2012, 26: 450-456.

Niemelä, P.T., Vainikka, A., Lahdenperä, S. & Kortet, R.:
Nymphal density, behavioral development, and life history in a field cricket.
Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 2012, 66: 645-652.

Vainikka, A. & Hyvärinen, P.:
Ecologically and evolutionarily sustainable fishing of the pikeperch Sander lucioperca: Lake Oulujärvi as an example.
Fisheries Research. 2012, 113: 8-20.

Vainikka, A., Koskimäki, J., Niemelä, P.T. & Kortet, R.:
Composition of the Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis) catches in ice fishing: Does capture order predict body size?
Fisheries Research. 2012, 115-116: 24-30

Vainikka, A., Rantala, M.J., Niemelä, P., Hirvonen, H. & Kortet, R.:
Boldness as a consistent personality trait in the noble crayfish, Astacus astacus.
Acta Ethologica, 2011, 14: 17-25.

Vainikka, A., Kallio-Nyberg, I., Heino, M. & Koljonen, M-L.:
Divergent trends in life-history traits between Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar of wild and hatchery origin in the Baltic Sea.
Journal of Fish Biology, 2010, 76: 622-640.

Kortet, R., Hedrick, A.V., Vainikka, A.:
Parasitism, predation and the evolution of animal personalities.
Ecology Letters, 2010, 13: 1449-1458.

Vainikka, A., Taskinen, J., Löytynoja, K., Jokinen E.I. & Kortet, R.:
Measured immunocompetence relates to the proportion of dead parasites in a wild roach population.
Functional Ecology, 2009, 23: 187-195.

Vainikka, A., Gårdmark, A., Bland, B. & Hjelm, J.:
Two- and three-dimensional maturation reaction norms for the eastern Baltic cod, Gadus morhua.
ICES Journal of Marine Science, 2009, 66: 248-257.

Vainikka, A., Mollet, F., Casini, M., Gårdmark, A.:
Spatial variation in growth, condition and maturation reaction norms of the Baltic herring (Clupea harengus membras).
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2009, 383: 285-294.