Anna-Liisa Laine

Research Interests

The interactions that link species to one another are the building blocks of biodiversity. I’m broadly interested in the eco-evolutionary feedback loops that drive species interactions. To uncover these, in our work we combine experimental, and molecular approaches with field surveys and mathematical modelling. These complementary approaches allow us to link underlying mechanisms with realized population dynamics, and to understand the processes by which natural communities are structured.


Education and Professional Positions

2020 - present Director of the PhD Program in Ecology
2020 - present Representative on the UZH Sustainability Commission, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2019 - present Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2019 - present Visiting Professor, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme, University of Helsinki, Finland
2018 - present Director of the Research Centre for Ecological Change, University of Helsinki, Finland
2018 Elected as member of the National Academy of Sciences, Finland
2017 - 2023 ERC Consolidator Grant RESISTANCE
2015 - 2018 Professor, Department of Environmental & Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
2010 - 2015 Academy Research Fellow, Department of Environmental & Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
2011 - 2016 ERC Starting Grant PATHOEVOL
2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Canberra, Australia
2008 - 2009 University Lecturer in Plant Pathology, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki
2006 - 2007 Postdoctoral visitor, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
2005 Ph.D. degree, Department of Environmental & Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
2001 M.Sc. degree, Department of Biology, University of Oulu, Finland

Selected Publications

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  • Sallinen S., Norberg A., Susi H. & Laine A-L. (2020). Intraspecific host variation plays a key role in virus community assembly. Nature Communications, 11: 5610. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19273-z
  • Halliday FW., Penczykowski R., Barres B., Eck J., Numminen E. & Laine A-L. (2020). Facilitative priority effects drive parasite assembly under coinfection. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4: 1510–1521. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-01289-9
  • Burdon J., Laine A-L. (2019). Evolutionary Dynamics of Plant-Pathogen Interactions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Parratt SR., Numminen E., Laine A-L. (2016). Infectious Disease Dynamics in Heterogeneous Landscapes. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 47:283–306. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-121415-032321
  • Susi H., Barrès B., Vale P., Laine A-L. (2015). Coinfection alters population dynamics of infectious disease. Nature Communications, 6: 5975. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6975
  • Jousimo J., Tack AJM., Ovaskainen O., Mononen T., Susi H., Tollenaere C., Laine A-L. (2014). Ecological and evolutionary effects of fragmentation on infectious disease dynamics. Science, 344: 1289-1293. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253621