Home page of Markus J. Rantala

 

Markus J. Rantala 2xPhD, Adjunct Professor

Current address:

Turku Brain and Mind Center / Department of Biology

University of Turku

FIN-20014 Turku

Finland

e-mail: markus.rantala(A)utu.fi  (A)=@

 

Opetus/Teaching:

 

Evolutionary psychology starts this autumn!

 

Additional information on Evolutionary psychology courses can be found at

 

https://nettiopsu.utu.fi/opas/opintoKokonaisuus.htm?rid=24124&uiLang=fi&lang=en&lvv=2014

 

 

Selected news & views articles about my research

 

A Good Nose for Ovulation. Science (18 June 2004) http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/618/2

Sick Damselflies Hit the Road. Science (27 October 2009)  http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1027/2

Manly Sweat Makes Other Men More Cooperative Science (31 May 2013)  http://news.sciencemag.org/chemistry/2013/05/manly-sweat-makes-other-men-more-cooperative

How Feminine Is Your Girlfriend's Face? Science (29 April 2014) http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/04/how-feminine-your-girlfriends-face

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Publications (in English)

 

in press

 

 

139) Krams IA, Skrinda I, Kecko S, Moore, FR, Krama T, Kaasik A, Meija L, Lietuvietis V & Rantala MJ. Body height, immunity, facial and vocal attractiveness in young men. Naturwissenschaften, in press.

 

138) Vrublevska, J., Krama, T., Rantala, M.J., Mierauskas, P., Todd M. Freeberg, T.M., Krams, I. Personality and density affect nest defence and nest survival in the great tit.  Acta Ethologica (in press).

 

137) Gruber C, Vainikka A, Hirvonen H, Rantala MJ and Kortet R. Endogenous seasonal variation in the encapsulation response of the noble crayfish (Astacus astacus). Annales Zoologici Fennici, in press.

 

136) Krams I, Kecko S, Kangassalo K, Moore F, Jankevics E, Inashkina I, Krama T, Lietuvietis V, Meija L, Rantala MJ. Effects of food quality on trade-offs among growth, immunity and survival in the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). Insect Science, in press.

 

135) Gruber C, Kortet R, Vainikka A, Hyvärinen P, Rantala MJ, Pikkarainen A, Jussila J, Makkonen J, Kokko H & Hirvonen H. Variation in resistance to the invasive crayfish plague and immune defence in the native noble crayfish. Annales Zoologici Fennici, in press.

 

134) Krams, I., Kokko, H., Abolins-Abols, M, Krama, T., & Rantala, M.J. The excuse principle can maintain cooperation through forgivable defection in the prisoner’s dilemma game. Proceedings of Royal Society London B, in press.

 

133) Krams I, Kivleniece I, Kuusik A, Krama T, Mänd R, Rantala MJ, Znotina S, Freeberg TM & Mänd M. Predation promotes survival of beetles with lower resting metabolic rates. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, in press.

 

132) Krams I, Daukste J, Kivleniece, I., Kaasik A, Krama T., Freeberg T & Rantala MJ. Trade-off between cellular immunity and life span in mealworm beetles Tenebrio molitor. Current Zoology, in press.

 

 

2014

 

131) Krams IA, Skrinda I, Kecko S, Moore, FR, Krama T, Kaasik A, Meija L, Lietuvietis V & Rantala MJ. 2014. Body height affects the strenght of immune response in young men, but not young women. Scientific Reports 4: 6223. DOI: 10.1038/srep06223 PDF

 

130) Pölkki, M, Kangassalo K. & Rantala MJ. 2014.  Interaction Between Temperature Conditions and Copper Exposure on Immune Defense and Life-history Traits of the Blow Fly Protophormia terraenovae. Environmental Science & Technology 48, 87938799. DOI:10.1021/es501880b. PDF

 

129) Krams, I, Vrublevska, J, Koosa K, Krama, T, Mierauskas P, Rantala M.J. & Tilgar, V. 2014. Hissing calls improve survival in incubating female great tits (Parus major). Acta Ethologica 17: 83-88. DOI 10.1007/s10211-013-0163-3 PDF

 

128) Krams, IA, Vrublevska, J, Tull, S., Abolins-Abols M, Mieraskaus P, Rantala MJ & Krama T. 2014. Sex-specific associations between nest defence, exploration and breathing rate in breeding pied flycatchers. Ethology 120, 492-501.  DOI: 10.1111/eth.12222 PDF

 

127) Krams I, Krama T, Moore FT,  Kivleniece I, Kuusik A, Freeberg TM, Mänd R, Rantala MJ, Dauskte J, Mänd M. 2014. Male mealworm beetles increase resting metabolic rate under terminal investment. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27, 541-550. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12318. PDF

 

126) Valtonen TM, Roff DA, Rantala MJ. 2014. The deleterious effects of high inbreeding on male Drosophila melanogaster attractiveness are observed under competitive but not under non-competitive conditions. Behavior Genetics 44, 144-154. DOI 10.1007/s10519-013-9639-1   PDF

 

125) Marcinkowska UM, Kozlov MV, Cai H, Contreras-Garduño J, Barnaby J. Dixson BJ, Oana GA, Kaminski G, Li NP, Lyons MT, Onyishi IE, Prasai K, Pazhoohi F, Prokop P, Rosales Cardozo SL, Sydney N, Yong JC, Rantala MJ. 2014. Cross cultural variation in men’s preference for sexual dimorphism in women faces. Biology Letters 10, 20130850.  PDF

 

124) Krams I, Kivleniece I, Kuusik A, Krama T, Freeberg TM, Mänd R, Sikacova, L, Rantala MJ, Dauskte J, Mänd M. 2014. High Repeatability of Anti-Predator Responses and Resting Metabolic Rate in a Beetle. Journal of Insect Behaviour 27: 57- 66.  DOI 10.1007/s10905-013-9408-2.  PDF

 

2013

 

123) Krama T, Suraka V, Hukkanen M, Rytkönen S, Orell M, Cīrule D, Rantala MJ & Krams I. 2013. Physiological condition and blood parasites of breeding Great Tits: a comparison of core and northernmost population. Journal of Ornitology 154:1019–1028. DOI 10.1007/s10336-013-0969-9. PDF

 

122) Krams I, Kivleniece I, Kuusik A, Krama T, Freeberg TM, Mänd R, Vrublevska J, Rantala MJ, Mänd M. 2013. Predation selects for low resting metabolic rate and consistent individual differences in anti-predator behavior in a beetle. Acta Ethologica 16:163–172. DOI 10.1007/s10211-013-0147-3. PDF

 

121) Prokop P, Rantala MJ, Usak M & Senay I. 2013. Is female preference for male body hair influenced by pathogen threat? Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 42:1181–1189. DOI 10.1007/s10508-012-0007-7. PDF

 

120) Saastamoinen M & Rantala MJ. 2013. Influence of developmental conditions on immune function and dispersal-related traits in the Glanville fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) butterfly. PLoS One 8(11): e81289. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081289. PDF

 

119) Krams I, Daukste J, Kivleniece I, Krama T & Rantala MJ. 2013. Previous encapsulation response enhances within individual protection against fungal parasite in the mealworm beetle Tenebrio molitor. Insect Science 20, 771-777. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2012.01574.x PDF

 

118) Krams IA, Suraka V, Rantala MJ, Sepp TP, Mierauskas PJ, Vrublevska J & T. Krama T. 2013. Acute infection of avian malaria impairs concentration of hemoglobin and survival in juvenile altricial birds. Journal of Zoology 291 (1), 34-41.  DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12043

 

117) Marcinkowska UM, Moore FR & Rantala MJ. 2013. An experimental test of the Westermarck effect: sex differences in inbreeding avoidance. Behavioural Ecology, 24(4), 842-845. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/art028 PDF

 

116) Krams I, Cirule D, Nord A, Rantala MJ & Krama T. 2013. Nocturnal loss of body reserves reveals high survival risk for subordinate great tits wintering at extreme low ambient temperatures. Oecologia, 172 (2), 339-346. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-012-2505-7 PDF

 

115) Prokkola J, Roff D, KärkkäinenT, Krams I & Rantala MJ 2013. Genetic and phenotypic relationships between immune defense, melanism and life history traits at different temperatures and sexes in Tenebrio molitor. Heredity 111, 89-96. PDF

 

114) Rantala MJ, Coetzee V, Moore FR, Skrinda I, Kecko S, Krama T, Kivleniece I & Krams I. 2013. Facial attractiveness is related to women’s cortisol and body fat, but not with immune responsiveness. Biology Letters 9, 20130255. PDF

 

113) Huoviala P & Rantala MJ. 2013. A putative human pheromone, androstadienone, increases cooperation between men. PLoS One 8: e62499. PDF

 

112) Krams I, Vrublevska J, Cirule D, Kivleniece I, Krama T, Rantala MJ, Kaasik A, Horak  P & Sepp T. 2013 Stress, behaviour and immunity in wild-caught wintering great tits (Parus major). Ethology 5, 397-406. PDF

 

111) Shiyong Y, Huihui W, Jianchun X, & Rantala MJ. 2013. Depressed Performance and Detoxification Enzyme Activities of Helicoverpa armigera Fed by Conventional Cotton Foliage Subjected to Methyl Jasmonate Exposure. Entomologica Experimentalis et Applicata 2, 186-195. PDF

 

110) Pölkki M, Kortet R, Hedrick A & Rantala MJ. 2013. Dominance is not always an honest signal of male quality: an indication of behavioral terminal investment in a cricket? Biology Letter 9, 20121002. PDF

 

109) Moore FR, Coetzee V, Contreras-Garduño J, Debruine LM, Kleisner K, Krams I, Marcinkowska U, Nord A, Perrett DI, Rantala MJ, Schaum N & Suzuki TN 2013. Cross cultural analysis of women's preferences for cues to sex- and stress- hormones in the male face. Biology Letters 9, 20130050. PDF

 

108) Rantala MJ, Coetzee V, Moore FR, Skrinda I, Kecko S, Krama T, Kivleniece I & Krams I 2013. Adiposity found to be a more valid cue to immunocompetence than masculinity in human mate choice. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 280, 20122495 PDF

 

2012

107) Krams I, Daukste J, Kivleniece I, Krama T &  Rantala MJ 2012. Previous encapsulation response enhances within individual protection against fungal parasite in the mealworm beetle Tenebrio molitor. Insect Science 0, 1-7.  DOI 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2012.01574.x  PDF

 

106) Marcinkowska UM & Rantala MJ 2012. Sexual imprinting on facial traits of opposite-sex parents in humans. Evolutionary Psychology 10, 621-630. PDF

 

105) Valtonen TM & Rantala MJ 2012. Poor early nutrition reveals the trade-off between immune defense and mating success. Ecological Parasitology and Immunology 1: Article ID: 235523. doi:10.4303/epi/235523 PDF

 

104) Krama T, Vrublevska J, Freeberg TM, Kullberg C, Rantala MJ & Krams I. 2012. You mob my owl, I'll mob yours: birds play tit-for-tat game. Scientific Reports 2: Article number: 800. DOI: 10.1038/srep00800  PDF

 

103) Krams I, Suraka V, Cīrule D, Hukkanen M, Tummeleht L, Mierauskas P, Rytkönen S, Rantala MJ, Vrublevska J, Orell M & Krama T 2012. A comparison of microscopy and PCR diagnostics for low intensity infections of haemosporidian parasites in the Siberian tit Poecile cinctus. Annales Zoologici Fennici 49, 331-340. PDF

 

102) Martemyanov, V.V., Dubovskiy, I.M., Rantala, M.J., Salminen, J-P., Belousova, I.A., Pavlushin, S.V., Bakhvalov, S.A., Glupov V.V. 2012. Rapid induced resistance of silver birch affects both innate immunity and performance of gypsy moths: the role of plant chemical defenses. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6, 507–518. DOI 10.1007/s11829-012-9202-7 PDF

 

101) Krams I, Suraka V, Rattiste K, Mikus Āboliņš-Ābols M, Krama T, Rantala MJ, Mierauskas P, Cīrule D & Saks L. 2012. Comparative analysis reveals a possible immunity-related absence of blood parasites in common gulls (Larus canus) and black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Journal of Ornithology 153, 1245–1252. DOI 10.1007/s10336-012-0859-6 PDF

 

100) van Ooik T, Rantala MJ, Salminen J-P, Yang S, Neuvonen  S & Ruuhola T. 2012. The effects of simulated acid rain and heavy metal pollution on the mountain birch – autumnal moth interaction. Chemoecology 22, 251–262. DOI 10.1007/s00049-012-0114-x PDF

 

99) Haviola S, Neuvonen S, Rantala MJ, Saikkonen K, Salminen J-P, Saloniemi I, Yang S, Ruuhola T. 2012. Genetic and environmental factors behind foliar chemistry of the mature mountain birch. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38, 902-913. DOI: 10.1007/s10886-012-0148-0 PDF

 

98) Lilley TM, Ruokolainen L, Pikkarainen A, Laine V, Kilpimaa J, Rantala MJ & Nikinmaa M. 2012. Impact of tributyltin on immune response and life history traits of Chironomus riparius: single and multi-generation effects, and recovery from pollution. Environmental Science & Technology 46, 7382-7389. DOI: 10.1021/es300536 PDF

 

97) Pölkki, M., Kangassalo, K. & Rantala MJ. 2012. Transgenerational Effects of Heavy Metal Pollution on Immune Defense of the Blow Fly Protophormia terraenovae. PLoS One 7, e38832. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038832 PDF

 

96) Daukste J, Kivleniece I, Krama T., Rantala MJ. & Krams I 2012. Senescence of the strength of immune system, immune  priming to a novel antigen and sexual signalling in a beetle. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 1298-1304. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02516.x PDF

 

95) Roff DA, Prokkola, J., Krams, I & Rantala MJ. 2012. There’s more than one way to skin a G matrix. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25, 1113-1126. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02500.x PDF

 

94) Valtonen TM, Kangassalo K, Pölkki M & Rantala MJ. 2012. Transgenerational effects of parental larval diet on offspring development time, adult body size and pathogen resistance in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One 7, e31611. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031611. PDF

 

93) Pölkki, M., Kangassalo, K., Krams, I., Rantala MJ. 2012. Inbreeding affects sexual signalling in males but not females of Tenebrio molitor. Biology Letters 8, 423-425. 10.1098/rsbl.2011.1135 PDF

 

92) Prokop P, Rantala MJ, & Fancovicova, J. 2012. Is plasticity in mating preferences adapted to perceived exposure to pathogens? Acta Ethologica 15, 135-140. DOI: 10.1007/s10211-011-0118-5 PDF

 

91) Krama I, Bērziņš A, Krams I, Rantala MJ & Wheatcroft D. 2012. Linking antipredator behaviour and habitat quality: group effect in nest defence of a passerine bird. Acta Ethologica 15, 127-134. DOI: 10.1007/s10211-011-0117-6. PDF

 

90) Martemyanov VV, Dubovskiy IM, Rantala MJ, Salminen J-P, Belousova IA, Pavlushin SV, Bakhvalov SA & Glupov VV. 2012. The Effects of Defoliation-Induced Delayed Changes in Silver Birch Foliar Chemistry on Gypsy Moth Fitness, Immune Response, and Resistance to Baculovirus Infection. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38, 295305. DOI 10.1007/s10886-012-0090-1 PDF

 

89) Krams I, Vrublevska J, Cirule D, Kivleniece I, Krama, T., Rantala MJ, Sild E & Hõrak P. 2012. Heterophil/lymphocyte ratios predict the magnitude of humoral immune response to a novel antigen in great tits (Parus major). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B, 161, 422-424. doi:10.1016/j.cbpa.2011.12.018 PDF

 

88) Krams I, Dauste J, Kivleniece I, Brumelis G, Cibulkskis R, Abolis-Abols M, Rantala MJ, Mieraskaus P, Krama T. 2012. Drought-induced positive feedback insect: easier invasion of Scots pine leading to greater investement in immunity of emerging individuals. Forest Ecology and Management 270, 147-152. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.01.012 PDF

 

87) Rantala MJ, Moore FR, Skrinda I, Krama T, Kivleniece I, Kecko S, & Krams I. 2012. Evidence for the stress-linked immunocompetence handicap hypothesis in humans. Nature Communication 3, 694 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1696. PDF

 

86) Cīrule D, Krama T, Vrublevska J, Rantala MJ & Krams I. 2012. A rapid effect of handling on counts of white blood cells in a wintering passerine bird: a more practical measure of stress? Journal of Ornitology 153, 161-166. DOI 10.1007/s10336-011-0719-9 PDF

85) Cordoba-Aguilar, A., Ruiz-Silva. D., Gonzalez-Tokman, D., Contreras-Garduno, J., Peretti, A., Moreno-Garcia, M.A., Rantala, M.J., Koskimäki, J., Kortet, R. & Suhonen, J. 2012. No firm evidence of immunological costs of insect oviposition and copulation: a test with dragonflies (Zygoptera). Odonatologica 41, 7-15. PDF

2011

84) Kangassalo K, Pölkki M. & Rantala MJ. 2011. Prenatal Influences on Sexual Orientation: Digit Ratio (2D:4D) and Number of Older Siblings. Evolutionary Psychology 9: 496-508. PDF

 

83) Dubovskiy IM, Grizanova EV, Ershova N, Rantala MJ & Glupov VV. 2011. Effect of dietary nickel on activity of the detoxification enzymes, innate immunity and resistance of Galleria mellonella larvae to fungi Beauveria bassiana. Chemosphere 85: 92-96. PDF

 

82) Valtonen TM, Roff DA & Rantala MJ 2011. Analysis of the effects of inbreeding on lifespan and starvation resistance in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetica 139: 525-533. PDF

 

81) Ruuhola T, Leppänen T, Julkunen-Tiitto R, Rantala MJ & Lehto T. 2011. Boron fertilization enhances the induced defense of silver birch. Journal of Chemical Ecology 37, 460-471. PDF

 

80) Krams I, Daukste J, Kivleniece I, Krama, T. & Rantala MJ.  2011. Overwinter survival depends on immune defence and body length in male Aquarius najas water striders. Entomologica Experimentalis et Applicata 140: 45–51. PDF

 

79) Rantala MJ, Viitaniemi, H & Roff DA. 2011. Effects of inbreeding on potential and realized immune responses in Tenebrio molitor. Parasitology 138, 906–912. PDF

 

78) Rantala MJ & Marcinkowska U. 2011. The role of sexual imprinting and the Westermarck effect in mate choice in humans. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 859-873. PDF

 

77) Krams I, Daukšte J, Kivleniece I, Krama T, Rantala MJ, Ramey G, Sausa L. 2011. Female choice reveals terminal investment in male mealworm beetles, Tenebrio molitor, after a repeated activation of the immune system. Journal of Insect Science 11:52 available online: insectscience.org/11.52 PDF

 

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

 

75) Rantala MJ, Honkavaara J, Dunn D & Suhonen J. 2011. Predation selects for increased immune function in male damselflies, Calopteryx splendens. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 278: 1231-1238. PDF

 

74) Valtonen TM, Roff DA & Rantala MJ 2011. Analysis of the effects of early nutritional environment on inbreeding depression in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 196-205. PDF

2010

73) Kivleniece, I., Krams, I., Krama, T., Daukste, J. & Rantala M.J. 2010. Terminal investment in sexual signaling in male meal worm beetles. Animal Behaviour 80: 1015-1021. PDF

 

72) Krams I., Cirule D., Krama T., Hukkanen M., Rytkönen S., Orell M., Iezhova T., Rantala M.J. & Tummeleht L. 2010. Effect of forest management on haematological parameters, blood parasites, and reproductive success of the Siberian tit Poecile cinctus in northern Finland. Annales Zoologici Fennici 47: 335-346. PDF

 

71) Anttila U., Julkunen-Tiitto R., Rousi M., Yang S., Rantala M.J. & Ruuhola T. 2010. Effects of elevated UV-B radiation on a plant-herbivore interaction. Oecologia, 164:163–175. PDF

 

70) Bērziņš A., Krams I.; Krama T.; Freeberg T., Kivleniece I., Kulberg C. & Rantala, M.J. 2010. Mobbing as a tradeoff between safety and reproduction in a songbird. Behavioral Ecology 21: 1054-1060. PDF

 

69) van Ooik T. & Rantala M.J. 2010. Local adaptation of an insect herbivore to a heavy metal contamined environment. Annales Zoologici Fennici 47: 215-222. PDF

 

68) Salokannel J., Rantala M.J. & Wahlberg N. 2010. DNA-barcoding clarifies species definitions of Finnish Apatania (Trichoptera; Apataniidae). Entomologica Fennica 21: 1-11. PDF

 

67) Rantala M.J., Honkavaara, J. & Suhonen, J. 2010. Immune system activation interacts with territory-holding potential and increases predation of the damselfly Calopteryx splendens by birds. Oecologia 163: 825-832. PDF

 

66) Krams, I., Krama, T., Bērziņš, A. & Rantala, M.J. 2010. The risk of predation favours cooperation among breeding prey. Communicative & Integrative Biology 3: 1-2. PDF

 

65) Valtonen T.M., Viitaniemi H. & Rantala M.J. 2010. Copulation enhances resistance against an entomopathogenic fungi in the mealworm beetle Tenebrio molitor. Parasitology 137: 985-989. PDF

 

64) Valtonen T.M., Kleino A., Rämet M. & Rantala M.J. 2010. Starvation reveals maintenance cost of humoral immunity. Evolutionary Biology 37: 49–57. PDF

 

63) Mikkola K. & Rantala M.J. 2010. Immune defence, a possible nonvisual selective factor behind the industrial melanism of moths (Lepidoptera). Biological Journal of Linnean Society 99: 831–838. PDF

 

62) Rantala M.J., Pölkki M. & Rantala L.M. 2010. Preference for human male body hair changes across the menstrual cycle and menopause. Behavioral Ecology 21: 419–423. PDF

 

61) Ruuhola T., Yang S., & Rantala M.J. 2010. Increase in substrate availability down-regulates PO activity in Epirrita autumnata. Chemoecology, 20:11–18. PDF

 

60) Krams I., Bērziņš A., Krama T., Wheatcroft D., Igaune K. & Rantala M.J. 2010. The increased risk of predation enhances cooperation. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 277: 513-518. PDF

 

59) Suhonen J.,Honkavaara J. & Rantala M.J. 2010. Activation of the immune system promotes insect dispersal in the wild. Oecologia 162: 541–547. PDF

 

58) Krams I., Cîrule D., Suraka V., Krama T., Rantala M.J. & Ramey G. 2010. Fattening strategies of wintering great tits support the optimal body mass hypothesis under conditions of extremely low ambient temperature. Functional Ecology 24: 172-177. PDF

2009

57) Honkavaara, J., Rantala, M.J. & Suhonen, J. 2009. Mating status, immune defence and multi-parasite burden in a damselfly, Coenagrion armatum. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 132: 165-171. PDF

 

56) Toivanen, T., Rantala, M.J. & Suhonen, J. 2009. Influence of alternative mating tactics on predation risk in the damselfly Calopteryx virgo. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87: 684-688.

 

55) Ruuhola, T., Rantala, L.M, Neuvonen, S., Yang S. & Rantala, M.J. 2009. Effects of long-term simulated acid rain on the mountain birch - autumnal moth interaction. Basic and Applied Ecology 10: 589-596. PDF

 

54) Pölkki, M. & Rantala M.J. 2009. Smoking reduces the sexual attractiveness of women by affecting sex-hormone-regulated body form. The American Journal of Public Health 99: 1350-1350. PDF

 

53) Suutari,E., Salmela, J., Paasivirta, L., Rantala M.J., Tynkkynen, K., Luojumäki, M. & Suhonen, J. 2009. Macroarthropod species richness and conservation priorities in Stratiotes aloides (L.) lakes. Journal of Insect Conservation 13: 413-419. PDF

 

52) Martemyanov, V. V., Bakhvalov, S. A., Rantala, M. J., Dubovskiy, I. M., Shultz, E.E., Strelnikov, A. G. & Glupov. V. V. 2009. The response of gypsy moth Lymantria dispar L. infected with nucleopolyhedrovirus on induced resistance of birch Betula pendula Roth. Russian journal of ecology 40: 434–439. PDF

 

51) Koskimäki J., Rantala M.J., Suhonen J. 2009. Wandering males are smaller than territorial males in the damselfly Calopteryx virgo (L.) (Zygoptera: Calopterygidae). Odonatologica, 38: 159-165. PDF

2008

50) Dubovskiy I.M., Martemyanov V.V., Vorontsova Y.L., Rantala M.J., Gryzanova E.V., Glupov V.V. 2008. Effect of bacterial infection on antioxidant activity and lipid peroxidation in the midgut of Galleria mellonella L. larvae (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology C., 148: 1-5. PDF

 

49) van Ooik, T., Pausio, S., Rantala M.J.. 2008. Direct effects of heavy metal pollution on the immune function of a geometrid moth. Chemosphere 71: 1840-1844. PDF

 

48) Yang, S., Ruuhola, T., Haviola S., & Rantala, M.J. 2008. Effects of host plant shift on immune and other key life history traits of an eruptive Geometrid, Epirrita autumnata (Borkhausen). Ecological Entomology, 33: 510-516. PDF

 

47) Suhonen J., Rantala M.J. & Honkavaara, J. 2008. Territoriality in odonates. In: Dragonflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research (Ed. Corboda-Aquilar, A.). Oxford University Press, Chapter 16, pp. 203-217. PDF

 

46) Sorvari J., Hakkarainen H. & Rantala M.J. 2008. Immune defense of ants is associated with changes in habitat characteristics. Environmental Entomology 37: 51-56. PDF

 

45) Tynkkynen K, Grapputo A., Kotiaho J.S., Rantala M.J., Väänänen S. & Suhonen J. 2008. Hybridization in Calopteryx damselflies: the role of males. Animal Behaviour 75: 1431:1439. PDF

2007

44)Vainikka, A., Rantala M.J., Seppälä, O. & Suhonen J. 2007. Do male mealworm beetles, Tenebrio molitor, sustain the honesty of pheromone signals under immune challenge? Acta Ethologica, 10: 63-72. PDF

 

43) Rantala M.J. 2007. The evolution of nakedness in Homo sapiens. Journal of Zoology 273: 1-7. PDF

 

42) Ruuhola, T., Salminen, J.-P., Haviola, S., Yang, S. &  Rantala M.J. 2007. Immunological memory of mountain birches: the effects of phenolics on the performance of the autumnal moth depend on the herbivory history of trees. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 33: 1160-1176. PDF

 

41) Haviola, S., Kapari, L., Ossipov, V., Rantala, M.J., Ruuhola, T. & Haukioja E. 2007. Foliar Phenolics are Differently Associated with Epirrita autumnata Growth and Immunocompetence. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 1013-1023. PDF

 

40) Rantala M.J. & Roff D.A. 2007. Inbreeding and extreme outbreeding causes sex differences in immune defence and life history traits in Epirrita autumnata. Heredity 98, 329–336. PDF

 

39) Yang, S., Ruuhola, T. & Rantala M.J. 2007. Impacts of starvation on immune defense and other life history traits of an outbreaking geometrid, Epirrita autumnata: a possible ultimate trigger of the crash phase of population cycle. Annales Zoologici Fennici 44: 89–96. PDF

 

38) Klemola, N., Klemola, T., Rantala, M.J. & Ruuhola, T. 2007. Natural host plant quality affects immune defence of the insect herbivore. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 123: 167-176. PDF

 

37) Yang, S., Ruuhola, T., Haviola, S. & Rantala M.J. 2007. Temperature as a modifier of plant-herbivore interaction. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 463–475. PDF

 

36) Rantala, M.J., Roff D.A. & Rantala, L.M. 2007. Forceps size and immune function in the european earwig Forficula auricularia. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 90: 509-516. PDF

 

35) Kortet, R., Rantala, M.J. & Hedrick, A.V. 2007. Boldness in anti-predator behavior and immune defense in field crickets. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9: 1-13. PDF

 

34) Sorvari, J. Rantala, L.M., Rantala, M.J., Hakkarainen, H.  & Eeva, T.  2007.   Heavy metal pollution disturbs immune response  in wild ant populations. Environmental Pollution 145: 324-328PDF

 

33) van Ooik, T., Rantala, M.J. & Saloniemi I. 2007. Diet-mediated effects of heavy metal pollution on growth and immune response in the geometrid moth, Epirrita autumnata. Environmental Pollution 145: 348-354. PDF

 

2006

 

32) Ahtiainen, J.J., Alatalo, R.V., Kortet R. & Rantala M.J. 2006. Immune function, dominance and mating success in drumming male wolf spiders Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60: 826-832. PDF

 

31) Väänänen, S., Kortet, R. & Rantala, M.J. 2006. Dominance and immune function in the F1 generation of wild caught field crickets. Behaviour 143: 701-712. PDF

 

30) Rantala, M.J., Eriksson, C.J.P., Vainikka, A. & Kortet R. 2006. Male steroid hormones and female preference for male body odor. Evolution and Human Behavior 27: 259-269. PDF

 

29) Vainikka, A, , Seppälä, O, Löytynoja K, & Rantala, M.J. 2006. Fitness consequences of female preference for male pheromones in Tenebrio molitor. Evolutionary Ecology Research 8: 943-957. PDF

 

28) Martemyanov, V.V., Rantala, M., Belousova, I.A.,  Pavlushin, S.V., Shatalova, E.I. & Bakhvalov, S.A. 2006. Effect of delayed induced resistance of birch on the performance of gypsy moth Lymantria dispar L. (Lepidoptera: Lymantridae) and its susceptibility to virus infection. Euroasian Entomological Journal 5: 105-110. PDF

 

27) Rantala, M.J. &  Roff, D.A. 2006. Analysis of the importance of genotypic variation, metabolic rate, morphology, sex and development time on immune function in the cricket, Gryllus firmus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 834-843. PDF

 

26) Kapari, L, Haukioja, E., Rantala, M.J. & Ruuhola, T. 2006. Immune defence of a defoliating insect interacts with induced plant defence during a population outbreak. Ecology 87: 291-296. PDF

 

2005

25) Vainikka, A.,  Kortet, R., Paukku, S., Rantala, M.J. & Pirhonen, J. 2005. What does male tench Tinca tinca (L.), advertise with his sexual ornaments? Acta Ethologica 8: 70-78. PDF

24) Freitak, D., Vanatao, A. Ots, I. & Rantala, M.J. 2005. Formation of melanin-based wing patterns is influenced by condition and immune challenge in Pieris brassicae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 116: 237-243. PDF

23) Ahtiainen, J.J., Alatalo, R.V., Kortet, R. & Rantala, M.J. 2005. A trade-off between immune function and sexual signalling in a wild population of the drumming wolf spider Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18, 985-991. PDF

22) Rantala, M.J. & Roff D.A. 2005. An analysis of trade-off in immune function, body size and development time in the Mediterranean field cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus. Functional Ecology 19, 323-330. PDF

21) Vainikka, A., Jokinen, E. I., Kortet, R., Paukku, S., Pirhonen, J., Rantala, M.J. & Taskinen, J. 2005. The effects of testosterone and β-glucan on the immune functions in tench (Tinca tinca L.). Journal of Fish Biology 66, 348–361. PDF

2004

20) Kortet, R. Vainikka, A. Rantala, M.J. Myntti, J. & Taskinen, J. 2004. In vitro fertilising ability and early offspring survival with respect to male secondary sexual ornaments and parasite resistance in roach, Rutilus rutilus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17: 1337-1344. PDF

 

 19) Rantala, M.J., Ahtiainen, J.J. & Suhonen, J. 2004. Fluctuating asymmetry and immune function in a field cricket. Oikos 107: 479-484. PDF

 

18) Tynkkynen, K., Rantala, M.J., & Suhonen, J. 2004. Interspecific aggression and character displacement in the damselfly Calopteryx splendens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17: 759-768. PDF

 

17) Suutari, E., Rantala, M.J., Salmela, J. & Suhonen, J. 2004. Effects of intraguild  predation and interference competition on endangered dragonfly Aeshna viridis (Eversm.). Oecologia 140: 135-139. PDF

 

16) Ahtiainen, J.J., Alatalo, R.V., Kortet, R. & Rantala, M.J. 2004. Sexual advertisement and immune function in an arachnid species (Lycosidae). Behavioral Ecology 15: 602-606. PDF

 

15) Kuukasjärvi, S., Eriksson, C.J.P., Koskela, E., Nissinen, K., Mappes, T. & Rantala, M.J. 2004. Attractiveness of women body odours along menstrual cycle: the role of oral contraceptives and receiver sex. Behavioral Ecology 15: 579-584. PDF

 

14) Rantala, M.J., Ilmonen, J., Koskimäki, J., Suhonen, J. & Tynkkynen, K. 2004. The macrophyte, Stratiotes aloides, protects larvae of endangered dragonfly Aeshna viridis against fish predation. Aquatic Ecology 38:77-82. PDF

 

13) Rantala, M.J. & Kortet, R. 2004. Male dominance and immunocompetence in a field cricket. Behavioral Ecology 15: 187-191. PDF

 

12) Koskimäki, J., Rantala, M.J., Suhonen, J., Taskinen, J. & Tynkkynen, K. 2004. Immunocompetence and resource holding potential in the damselfly Calopteryx virgo L. Behavioral Ecology 15: 169-173. PDF

 

11) Vainio, L., Hakkarainen, H., Rantala, M.J. & Sorvari, J. 2004. Individual variation in immune function in Formica exsecta: effect of nest, body size and sex. Evolutionary Ecology 18, 75-84. PDF

 

10) Kortet, R., Vainikka, A., Rantala, M.J. & Taskinen, J. 2004. Sperm quality, secondary sexual characters and parasitism in roach (Rutilus rutilus). Biological Journal of Linnean Society 81, 111-117. PDF

 

2003

9) Rantala, M.J., Kortet, R. & Vainikka, A. 2003. The role of juvenile hormone in immune function and pheromone production trade-offs: a test of the immunocompetence handicap principle. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 270, 2257-2261. PDF

 

8) Rantala, M.J., Kortet, R., Kotiaho, J.S., Vainikka, A. & Suhonen, J. 2003 Condition dependence of pheromones and immune function in the grain beetle Tenebrio molitor. Functional Ecology 17, 534-540. PDF

 

7) Rantala, M.J. & Kortet, R. 2003. Courtship song and immune function in the field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus? Biological Journal of Linnean Society.79, 503-510. PDF

 

6) Kortet, R., Vainikka, A., Rantala, M.J., Jokinen, I. & Taskinen, J. 2003. Sexual ornamentation, androgens and papilostomasis in roach (Rutilus rutilus). Evolutionary Ecology Research 5, 411-419. PDF

 

1999-2002

5) Rantala, M.J. 2002. Immunocompetence and Sexual Selection in Insects. Biological Research Reports from the University of Jyväskylä 114. PhD Thesis.
 

4) Rantala, M.J., Jokinen, I., Kortet, R. Vainikka, A. & Suhonen, J. 2002. Do pheromones reveal immunocompetence? Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 269, 1681-1685. PDF

 

3) Rantala, M.J., Hovi, M., Korkeamäki, E. & Suhonen, J. 2001. No trade-off between the size and timing of emergence in the damselfly, Calopteryx virgo L. Annales Zoologi Fennici 38, 117-122. PDF

 

2) Rantala, M.J., Koskimäki, J., Suhonen, J., Taskinen, J. & Tynkkynen, K. 2000. Immunocompetence, developmental stability and wing spot size in Calopteryx splendens. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 267, 2453-2457. PDF

 

1)  Rantala, M.J. 1999. Human nakedness: adaptation against ectoparasites? International Journal for Parasitology 29, 1987-1989. PDF

 

 

 

Other news & views articles about my research

A Good Nose for Ovulation. Science (18 June 2004) 304 Issue 5677 (by M. Schilthuizen, about ref: Kuukasjärvi et al. 2004): http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/618/2

Oedipus Wrecked: Study Supporting the Mother of All Psychological Complexes Withdrawn. Scientific American (February 24, 2009) by Borrell, B.  http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=oedipus-complex-study-withdrawn

Sick Damselflies Hit the Road. Science (27 October 2009) http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1027/2

Manly Sweat Makes Other Men More Cooperative Science (31 May 2013) http://news.sciencemag.org/chemistry/2013/05/manly-sweat-makes-other-men-more-cooperative

How Feminine Is Your Girlfriend's Face? Science (29 April 2014) http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/04/how-feminine-your-girlfriends-face

Mikä kaatoi Oidipus-kompleksin? Tiede 4 p.7 (2009). PDF

Välise ilusisemised saladused. Postimees (2013) PDF

 

 

Selected publication in finnish

Rantala, M.J. & Tammisalo, O. 2004. Evoluutiopsykologia ja ihmisen vaistot tieteenä. Tieteessä Tapahtuu, 5 (21. vsk.), 47–49. PDF