Sawfly larvae

Carita Lindstedt

Sawfly larvae

My aim is to understand the role of natural selection in shaping the adaptive genetic and phenotypic variation in antipredator strategies. I study the lifehistory costs of cooperative antipredator defences and how ecological and social conditions shape the evolution of antipredator strategies and animal signalling. I use a combination of behavioural, physiological, quantitative genetic and functional ecological techniques both in the field and in the laboratory. Currently my main study species are pine sawflies but I also work with other prey (e.g. burying beetles and wood tiger moths) and predator species both in the lab and in the wild.

Research history

I got my MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. In 2010 and 2011 I worked as a visiting postdoc (funded by the Academy of Finland) at the University of Cambridge. In December 2011 I was granted a docentship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology by the Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä where I have been working as a postdoc since 2012 onwards. I was awarded an Academy of Finland 3 year junior fellowship in 2012 (extended until April 2017 due to two maternity leaves). Currently my research is funded by the Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions (Predator-Prey interactions group).


Together with my colleagues (Dr. Emily Burdfield-Steel and MSc Aigi Margus (JYU)), we have developed evolution-based workshops. These workshops allow students to engage with real scientists carrying out evolutionary research in Finland. You can find more information here: Evolution in action workshops




University of Jyväskylä
Dpt. of Biological and Environmental Science
P.O. Box 35
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä


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