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Academic education



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Education

Institute

Period

  • Researcher
  • Åbo Akademi Uni.2014-
  • PhD in Biology (Final grade: Pass with Honours)
  • Åbo Akademi Uni.2009-2014
  • MSc
  • Univ. of Gothenburgh010904 - 200409

    Publications in Scientific, peer-reviewed journals

      
 

    • Kjernsmo, K. & Merilaita, S. 2013: Eyespots divert attacks by fish Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2013) 280: 20131458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.1458
    • Kjernsmo, K. & Merilaita, S. 2012: Background choice as an anti-predator strategy: the roles of background matching and visual complexity in the habitat choice of the least killifish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279: 4192-4198, doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1547
    • I also recently had a paper featured in ScienceNOW
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    Manuscripts in prep.

      
 

    • Kjernsmo, K. Grönholm, M. & Merilaita, S. How to divert an attack by a fish: eyespots and eyebars. Manuscript
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    • Kjernsmo, K. & Merilaita, S. Intimidating eye-mimicry: eye-like patterns cause hesitation in attacking fish while non-eyelike patterns do not. Manuscript
    • Grönholm, M., Kjernsmo, K. & Merilaita, S. Size and contrast increase the divertive effect of eyespots. Manuscript
    • Kjernsmo, K. How to create a parasite-free population of three-spine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) through artificial fertilization. Manuscript
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    Professional talks

    
 

    • Talk presented at the 20th "Bloodbath" departmental seminar of the Dept. of Zoology at Stockholm University, Sweden: 13th to 15th of November 2013.
    • Talk presented at the "ISBE" (14th International Behavioural Ecology Congress), Lund, Sweden: 12-18th August 2012.
    • Talk presented at the 18th "Bloodbath" departmental seminar of the Dept. of Zoology at Stockholm University, Sweden: 16th to 18th of November 2011.
    • Talk presented at BIOINT annual meeting, Konnevesi, Finland. November 2011.
    • Talk presented at the Coevolution Symposium, Jyväskylä, Finland. October 2011.
    • Talk presented at "SEBDEM" Symposium in Ecology, Biological Diversity, Genetics, Environmental and Marine Biology, Turku, Finland: April 2011.
    • Talk presented at the "ASAB winter meeting", London, UK: 1st-4th December 2010.
    • Talk and poster presented at the "ISBE" (13th International Behavioural Ecology Congress), Perth, Australia: 26 th sept- 1st oct. 2010.
    • Talk presented at the 16th "Bloodbath" departmental seminar of the Dept. of Zoology at Stockholm University, Sweden: 11th to 13th of November 2009.
    • Talk presented at the "SEBDEM" conference in Turku, Finland: 18th to 19th of March 2009.
    
 


    Professional Posters

    • Kjernsmo,K. & Merilaita, S. 2010: Background choice as an anti-predator strategy: preference between visually complex and matching backgrounds in the least killifish. (Poster) Presented at: The 13th International Behavioural Ecology Conference (ISBE), Perth, Australia View poster as PDF


    • Kjernsmo,K., Adriaenssens, B. & Johnsson, J. 2008: Preference for red prey in female, but not male domesticated guppies (Poecilia reticulata). (Poster) Presented at: The Third European Conference of Poeciliid Biologists, Chioggia, Italy
    
 
 
 


    Popular and School talks

    • Stjerneskolan, Torsby, Sweden (Mars, 2012)
    
 


    Teaching experience

    • Guest lecturer: Grundkurs i Biologi B, Åbo Akademi University (October, 2013)
    • Guest lecturer: Grundkurs i Biologi B, Åbo Akademi University (October, 2012)
    • Teacher: Behavioural Ecology of Protective Colouration (Skyddsfärgningens beteendeekologi, 222045.0), Åbo Akademi University (2012)
    • Guest lecturer: Grundkurs i Biologi B, Åbo Akademi University (October, 2011)
    • Guest lecturer: Ekologisk analys, Åbo Akademi University (April, 2011)
    • MSc and BSc theses supervised

    • Anna Bäckström (MSc)
    • Joacim Näslund (MSc)
    • Annika Wiksten (MSc)
    • Cecilia Wikström (MSc)
    • Miranda Grönholm (MSc)
    • Patrik Korn (BSc)
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    Useful skills

    

 


    Computer skills

    • J-watcher (version 1.0, Daniel T. Blumstein et al., University of California) (Observer software)
    • Microsoft Office Excel (2003 and 2007)
    • SPSS (version 14.0 and 17.0) (Statistical programme)
    • R (Open source freeware, Statistical programme)
    
 


    Laboratory Animal handling

    
 

  • I am authorized by the State Provincial Office of Southern Finland to perform animal experiments
  • Handling fishes (excellent) both tropical and cold water species
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 Species used in previous/current experiments:

    • Guppies (Poecilia reticulata)
    • The Least Killifish (Heterandria formosa)
    • Cichlids (Amatitlania siquia)
    • Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)
    • Brown trout (Salmo trutta)
    
 


    Other

    
 

  • Electro fishing
  • Seine fishing
  • Hunting license
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    Post graduate Courses

    • Licentiate exam in Biology organised by Åbo Akademi Univ. 2013
    • Scientific writing organised by BIOINT graduate school, University of Jyväskylä, November 2012
    • Behavioural an Evolutionary Ecology Journal Club organised by Åbo Akademi Univ. 2012
    • Fish behaviour, organised by the Department of Zoology, Universify of Gothenburg, l-26 March 2010
    • Laboratory Animal Science with emphasis on fish (theoretical and practical parts)organised by the 
 Department of Zoology, University of Stockholm and Veterinary Resources, Karolinska Institutet spring 2009
    • Introduction to R in Biostatistics', organised by the Department of Zoology, Universify of Gothenburg, Feb-March 2009
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      Grants

    • Åbo Akademi Research grant (4200€)

    • Gösta Brander's forskningsfond (207€)

    • Stiftelsens för Åbo Akademis Forskningsinstitut Grant (2500€)

    • Stiftelsens för Åbo Akademis Forskningsinstitut Travel Grant (376€)

    • Stiftelsens för Åbo Akademis Forskningsinstitut Travel Grant (1604 SEK)

    
 


    Memberships

    • BEEG (The Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology Group at Åbo Akademi University)

    • ISBE (The International Society for Behavioral Ecology)

    • BIOINT (The Biological Interactions Graduate School)

    • ASAB (The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour)

    • FfÅA (Forskarföreningen vid Åbo Akademi)

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