PhD Elina Mäntylä

Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
University of Turku, Finland


Autumnal moth larva Elina Mäntylä


Research interests

Behavioural ecology | Multitrophic interactions | Avian chemical ecology | Inducible defences of plants | Bird migration | Territory choice of birds




CV |  Publications |  Experiments







Curriculum vitae




PERSONAL

Name: Elina Mäntylä
Birth year and place: 1978; Turku, Finland
Marital status: Married to Toni Nikkanen


CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail: elkuma (at) utu.fi

Twitter: @elinamantyla
ResearchGate: Elina Mäntylä
ORCiD: Elina Mäntylä
Google Scholar: Elina Mäntylä
Blog: From Plants to Birds


EDUCATION

- PhD in Ecology in University of Turku, Finland: Mutualistic interactions between plants and birds: behavioural mechanisms and ecological importance - 22 January 2009 (supervisors Dr. Tero Klemola and Dr. Toni Laaksonen)
- MSc in University of Turku, Finland: Tunturikoivun indusoituvan vasteen vaikutus pajulinnun ravinnonetsintään, major: ecology; minors: genetics, taxonomy, physiology and statistics - graduated 3 June 2004 (supervisors Prof. Erkki Haukioja and Dr. Tero Klemola)
- Upper secondary school at Porin suomalainen yhteislyseo (with special program of science), Pori, Finland - graduated 31 May 1997


WORK EXPERIENCE

- Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy, Ceske Budejovice; post-doc researcher, 7/2017 -
- Tree Bodyguards research network; partner, 1/2020 - 12/2022
- Migration Routes of Arctic Skuas project; project manager, 2010-
- Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Biology, Section of Applied Zoology / Animal Ecology; post-doc researcher, 1/2012 - 12/2013
- University of Turku, Department of Biology, Section of Ecology; post-doc researcher, 6/2010 - 5/2011
- University of Turku, Department of Biology, Section of Ecology; Assistant in animal ecology (eläintieteen assistentti), 1-7/2009
- University of Turku, Department of Biology, Section of Ecology; PhD student (jatko-opiskelija), 11/2005 - 1/2009
- Kevo Subarctic Research Station of University of Turku; research technician (tutkimusteknikko), 6-8/2005
- Kevo Subarctic Research Station of University of Turku; research assistant (tutkimusavustaja), 6-8/August 2004
- Kevo Subarctic Research Station of University of Turku; research assistant, 6-9/2003
- City of Pori, Upper secondary school of Länsi-Pori; teacher of biology and geography (lehtori), 1-6/2002
- University of Turku; research assistant (tutkimusavustaja), 5-7/2001
- Satakunta Environmental Research Institute; trainee (harjoittelija), 5-8/2000
- Environment Office of the City of Pori; bird counting at the delta of river Kokemäenjoki (kesätyöntekijä), 5-6/1999
- Kevo Subarctic Research Station of University of Turku; research assistant (tutkimusavustaja), 6-7/1998
- Kevo Subarctic Research Station of University of Turku; research assistant (tutkimusavustaja), 6-7/1997


RESEARCH GRANTS

- Turku University Foundation 600 € (26 October 2015)
- Kone Foundation 1600 € (4 December 2013)
- Kone Foundation 1600 € (5 December 2012)
- Post Doc Pool / Finnish Cultural Foundation 40000 € (4 December 2012)
- Kone Foundation 1730 € (1 December 2011)
- Post Doc Pool / Finnish Cultural Foundation 40000 € (7 November 2011)
- Kone Foundation 2200 € (30 November 2010)
- Turku University Foundation 1400 € (12 May 2010)
- Emil Aaltonen Foundation 24300 € (22 April 2010)
- Turku University Foundation 1200 € (22 April 2008)
- Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 18000 € (9 October 2007)
- Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 16000 € (9 October 2006)
- Turku University Foundation 900 € (24 April 2006)
- Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 16000 € (9 October 2005)


CONGRESSES AND SYMPOSIUMS

- XXVI International Congress of Entomology, 18-23 July 2021, Helsinki, Finland
- 6th World Seabird Twitter Conference, 4-6 May 2020
- 7th Conference of the Czech Society for Ecology, 4-6 September 2019, Olomouc, Czech Republic
- 12th European Ornithologists’ Union Congress, 26-30 August 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- The Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, 19-24 August 2019, Turku, Finland
- Chemical Ecology Symposium, 7-9 August 2018, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
- European Conference of Tropical Ecology, 26-29 March 2018, Paris, France (co-chair of session "Manipulations of tropical food webs")
- 11th European Ornithologists' Union Conference, 18-22 August 2017, Turku, Finland
- 1st Biotweeps Twitter Conference, 28-30 June 2017
- Oikos Finland Conference, 31 January - 1 February 2017, Helsinki, Finland
- 8th European Conference on Behavioural Biology, 12-15 July 2016, Vienna, Austria
- Nordic Oikos conference, 2-4 February 2016, Turku, Finland
- 10th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 24-28 August 2015, Badajoz, Spain
- Finnish National Ecology Meeting, 10-11 February 2015, Joensuu, Finland
- Finnish National Ecology Meeting, 7-8 October 2013, Jyväskylä, Finland
- 9th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 27-31 August 2013, Norwich, United Kingdom
- 14th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 12-17 August 2012, Lund, Sweden
- 28th Annual Meeting of International Society of Chemical Ecology, 22-26 July 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania
- 8th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 27-30 August 2011, Riga, Latvia
- Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 5-6 April 2011, Turku, Finland
- The Global Environmental Change: Messages from Birds, 17-19 November, 2010, Espoo, Finland
- 13th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 26 September - 1 October 2010, Perth, Australia
- 7th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 21-26 August 2009, Zurich, Switzerland (organiser of the symposium in avian chemical ecology)
- Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 18-19 March 2009, Turku, Finland
- 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 9-15 August 2008, Ithaca, NY, USA
- Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 1-2 April 2008, Turku, Finland (also a member of the organising committee)
- Alien Species symposium, 18-19 January 2007, Turku, Finland
- Annual Meeting of Graduate School in Evolutionary Ecology, 17-19 December 2006, Konnevesi research station, Finland
- 11th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 24-29 July 2006, Tours, France
- Annual Meeting of Graduate School in Evolutionary Ecology, 12-14 December 2005, Turku, Finland


PRESENTATIONS

- Europe's oldest arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (6th World Seabird Twitter Conference, 4-6 May 2020) (tweets)
- Attraction of birds to tropical Ficus and Macaranga trees treated with methyl jasmonate or its inhibitor (12th European Ornithologists’ Union Congress, 26-30 August 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
- Insectivorous birds can use plant VOCs for prey location (Chemical Ecology Symposium, 7-9 August 2018, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)
- What to measure from plants in predator exclosure studies? (European Conference of Tropical Ecology, 26-29 March 2018, Paris, France) (blog post)
- Visual cues of systemically herbivore-damaged pine branches attract insectivorous birds (1st Biotweeps Twitter Conference, 28-30 June 2017)
- Can insectivorous birds anticipate the future? Insect egg deposition makes pines attractive to birds (8th European Conference on Behavioural Biology, 12-15 July 2016, Vienna, Austria)
- Can insectivorous birds anticipate the future? Insect egg deposition makes pines attractive to birds (Nordic Oikos, 2-4 February 2016, Turku, Finland)
- Can insectivorous birds anticipate the future? Attraction of birds to pines induced by insect eggs (10th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 24-28 August 2015, Badajoz, Spain)
- Can birches treated with methyl jasmonate attract insectivorous birds in the nature? (28th Annual Meeting of International Society of Chemical Ecology, 22-26 July 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania) (PDF)
- Can birches treated with methyl jasmonate attract insectivorous birds in the nature? (Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 5-6 April 2011, Turku, Finland)
- Birds help plants: a meta-analysis of top-down trophic cascades caused by avian predators (The Global Environmental Change: Messages from Birds, 17-19 November, 2010, Espoo, Finland) (PDF)
- Methods to study avian olfaction (7th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 21-26 August 2009, Zürich, Switzerland) (PDF)
- Birds help plants - a meta-analysis of top-down trophic cascades caused by avian predators (Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 18-19 March 2009, Turku, Finland)
- From plants to birds: higher avian predation rates in trees responding to insect herbivory (12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 9-15 August 2008, Ithaca, NY, USA) (PDF, photo)
- From plants to birds: higher avian predation rates in trees responding to insect herbivory (Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 1-2 April 2008, Turku, Finland)
- Low light reflectance at the visible range may explain the attraction of passerine birds to defoliated trees (Annual Meeting of Graduate School in Evolutionary Ecology, 17-19 December 2006, Konnevesi, Finland) (PDF)
- Attraction of passerine birds to herbivore-damaged trees: UV vision in use? (11th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 24-29 July 2006, Tours, France) (PDF)
- Attraction of passerine birds to herbivore-damaged trees: UV vision in use? (Annual Meeting of Graduate School in Evolutionary Ecology, 12-14 December 2005, Turku, Finland)


POSTERS

- Eavesdropping trees: neighbouring trees attract more predators of herbivores if the VOC-emitting Ficus tree is more closely related (The Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, 19-24 August 2019, Turku, Finland)
- Visual cues of systemically herbivore-damaged pine branches attract insectivorous birds (11th European Ornithologists' Union Conference, 18-22 August 2017, Turku, Finland)
- Can insectivorous birds anticipate the future? Attraction of birds to pine induced by insect eggs (Finnish National Ecology Meeting, 10-11 February 2015, Joensuu, Finland)
- The attraction of insectivorous birds on herbivore-damaged pines (Finnish National Ecology Meeting, 7-8 October 2013, Jyväskylä, Finland)
- The attraction of insectivorous birds on herbivore-damaged pines (9th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 27-31 August 2013, Norwich, United Kingdom)
- Migration routes and wintering areas of the arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (14th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 12-17 August, Lund, Sweden)
- Territory characters affecting the territory choice and breeding success of the pied flycatcher (8th Conference of the European Ornithologists' Union, 27-30 August 2011, Riga, Latvia) (PDF)
- Birds help plants - a meta-analysis of top-down trophic cascades caused by avian predators (Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, 5-6 April 2011, Turku, Finland) (Photo of the poster)
- Birds help plants - a meta-analysis of top-down trophic cascades caused by avian predators (13th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, 26 September - 1 October 2010, Perth, Australia) (Photo of the poster)


INVITED TALKS

- Induced and constitutive defence of Ficus and Macaranga trees (7th Conference of the Czech Society for Ecology, 4-6 September 2019, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
- The attraction of insectivorous birds to herbivore-damaged trees (Biology Centre of the Czech Academy, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, 17 May 2017)
- The attraction of insectivorous birds to herbivore-damaged trees (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany, 11 November 2013)
- Migration routes and wintering areas of the arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) (SEE-seminar, Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland, 16 April 2013)


COURSES ATTENDED

- Estimating density, movement and resource selection using capture-recapture data in wild animal populations, 29 August – 2 September 2016, Turku, Finland
- Geolocation data analysis workshop, 18-20 November 2014, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland
- Ecotone GPS and telemetry workshop, 5-9 April 2013, Wierzba, Poland
- Project management, November 2007, University of Turku, Finland
- Information theory and model selection, 5-7 November 2007, Konnevesi research station, Finland
- Animal experimentation course and licence (level C), spring 2006, University of Turku, Finland


PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Computer: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, SigmaPlot and HTML language.
Statistical analysis: SAS, SPSS, R and MetaWin
Field: Planning experiments, bird catching, bird ringing, rearing herbivorous larvae, and various methods for bird, herbivore and plant observation
Associate editor: Ecology and Evolution
Manuscript reviewer: Agroforestry Systems, Behavioral Ecology, Behaviour, Biotropica, Chemoecology, Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Ecography, Forest Ecology and Management, Functional Ecology, Insects, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Molecules, Oecologia, Oikos, The Open Ornithology Journal, Ornis Fennica, Peerage of Science, Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and Scientific Reports
Research grant reviewer: ANR (France)


OTHER

Languages: Finnish (native language), English (excellent), Swedish (good), Spanish (basics), French (basics), German (basics)
Driving licence: B
Memberships: International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE), International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE), Oikos Finland (Oikos) and European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)
Other: Member of the editorial board of Rapid Ecology blog


HOBBIES

- Bird-watching
- Travelling
- Running and other sports
- Following international tennis
- Cooking



List of publications




ARTICLES IN REFEREED SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

Mäntylä E, Mäntylä K, Nuotio J, Nuotio K, Sillanpää M. 2020. Longevity record of arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus). - Ecology and Evolution (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Kipper S, Hilker M. 2020. Insectivorous birds can see and smell systemically herbivore-induced pines. – Ecology and Evolution 10: 9358-9370 (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Kleier S, Lindstedt C, Kipper S, Hilker M. 2018. Insectivorous birds are attracted by plant traits induced by insect egg deposition. - Journal of Chemical Ecology 44: 1127-1138 (free read-only PDF, link)

Lindstedt C, Miettinen A, Freitak D, Ketola T, López-Sepulcre A, Mäntylä E, Pakkanen H. 2018. Ecological conditions alter cooperative behaviour and its costs in a chemically defended sawfly. - Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20180466 (link/PDF)

Koski T-M, Lindstedt C, Klemola T, Troscianko J, Mäntylä E, Tyystjärvi E, Stevens M, Helander M, Laaksonen T. 2017. Insect herbivory may cause changes in the visual properties of leaves and affect the camouflage of herbivores to avian predators. - Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 97 (free read-only PDF, link)

Mäntylä E, Kleier S, Kipper S, Hilker M. 2017. The attraction of insectivorous tit species to herbivore-damaged Scots pines. - Journal of Ornithology 158: 479-491 (free read-only PDF, link)

Koski T-M, Laaksonen T, Mäntylä E, Ruuskanen S, Li T, Girón-Calva PS, Huttunen L, Blande JD, Holopainen JK, Klemola T. 2015. Do insectivorous birds use volatile organic compounds from plants as olfactory foraging cues? Three experimental tests. - Ethology 121: 1131-1144 (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Sirkiä PM, Klemola T, Laaksonen T. 2015. An experimental test of whether pied flycatchers choose the best territory for rearing the young. - Current Zoology 61: 604-613. (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Blande JD, Klemola T. 2014. Does application of methyl jasmonate to birch mimic herbivory and attract insectivorous birds in nature? - Arthropod-Plant Interactions 8: 143-153. (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Klemola T, Laaksonen T. 2011. Birds help plants: a meta-analysis of top-down trophic cascades caused by avian predators. - Oecologia 165: 143-151.(link/PDF) 50

Mäntylä E, Sirkiä PM, Klemola T, Laaksonen T. 2010. Territory choice of pied flycatchers is not based on induced cues of herbivore-damaged trees. - The Open Ornithology Journal 3: 105-111. (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Alessio G, Blande JD, Heijari J, Holopainen JK, Laaksonen T, Piirtola P, Klemola T. 2008. From plants to birds: higher avian predation rates in trees responding to insect herbivory. - PLoS ONE 3(7): e2832. (link/PDF) 50

Mäntylä E, Klemola T, Sirkiä P, Laaksonen T. 2008. Low light reflectance at the visible range may explain the attraction of birds to defoliated trees. - Behavioral Ecology 19(2): 325-330. (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E, Klemola T, Haukioja E. 2004. Attraction of willow warblers to sawfly-damaged mountain birches: novel function of inducible plant defences? - Ecology Letters 7(10): 915-918. (link/PDF)

* 50 = cited over 50 times


THESES

Mäntylä E. 2009. Mutualistic interactions between plants and birds: behavioural mechanisms and ecological importance. - PhD thesis. (link/PDF)

Mäntylä E. 2004. Tunturikoivun indusoituvan vasteen vaikutus pajulinnun ravinnonetsintään. - MSc thesis. (PDF)



Experiments




2003
Attraction of willow warblers to sawfly-damaged mountain birches: novel function of inducible plant defences?

Place: Kevo Subarctic Research Institute of the University of Turku
Studied species: mountain birch (Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii), sawfly larva (Arge fuscinervis), willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Methods: Birds were individually released to the study booth which had an intact branch from both an herbivore tree (that had larvae on other branches) and a control tree.

2006
Low light reflectance may explain the attraction of birds to defoliated trees

Place: Ruissalo Botanical Gardens of the University of Turku
Studied species: silver birch (Betula pendula), autumnal moth larva (Epirrita autumnata), great tit (Parus major), blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Methods: Birds were individually released to the study booth which had an intact branch from both an herbivore tree (that had larvae on other branches) and a control tree. Additionally we did spectrophotometer measurements of the light reflectance of the birch leaves.

2007
From plants to birds: higher avian predation rates in trees responding to insect herbivory

Place: Kevo Subarctic Research Institute of the University of Turku
Studied species: mountain birch (Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii), autumnal moth larva (Epirrita autumnata), local passerine birds
Methods: Artificial plasticine larvae (photo right) were attached to all experimental birches (both herbivore and control trees) to measure bird predation rate in the nature. From the same trees we measured also the emission of several volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and net photosynthesis rate.

2008
An experimental test of whether pied flycatchers choose the best territory for rearing the young

Place: oldish, mainly coniferous forest near Turku
Studied species: silver birch (Betula pendula), downy birch (Betula pubescens), autumnal moth larva (Epirrita autumnata), pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Methods: We put mesh bags on branches of two small birches close to the nest-box, and either put inside the bags larvae (herbivore territory) or not (control territory). We monitored the arrival of birds to the territories and their breeding success, and examined the environmental aspects and insect numbers of the territories.

2009
Territory choice of pied flycatchers is not based on induced cues of herbivore-damaged trees

Place: oldish, mainly coniferous forest near Turku
Studied species: silver birch (Betula pendula), downy birch (Betula pubescens), autumnal moth larva (Epirrita autumnata), pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Methods: I continued the pied flycatcher experiment of the previous year.

2010
Does application of methyl jasmonate to birch mimic herbivory and attract insectivorous birds in nature?

Place: Kevo Subarctic Research Institute of the University of Turku
Studied species: mountain birch (Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii), autumnal moth larva (Epirrita autumnata), local passerine birds
Methods: Inducible defences of mountain birch and the effect of methyl jasmonate spraying, some kind of continuation for the experiment in 2007.

2011-
Migration routes and non-breeding areas of arctic skuas

Place: Satakunta, Finland
Studied species: arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
Methods: geolocator

2012-13
Tritrophic interactions between insectivorous birds, pine sawflies and Scots pines

Place: Berlin, Germany
Studied species: great tit (Parus major), blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), pine sawfly (Diprion pini), pine (Pinus sylvestris)
2017-

Place: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic and Madang, Papua New Guinea
Studied species: Ficus trees, insects, birds etc
Artificial plasticine caterpillar



© Elina Mäntylä 2009-2020, photos by Elina Mäntylä and Toni Nikkanen