Etsuko Nonaka's research site

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Research interests:

My research interest is general and broad – theoretical ecology & evolution and mathematical modeling. I like viewing ecological systems as complex systems and seeking emergent properties that arise from dynamics and interactions of the components of the system. I am currently interested in the feedback loops between ecological and evolutionary dynamics and how individual-level processes may interact with population-, community- and ecosystem-level processes, and vice versa, shaping the functioning of the systems over time and space. I think this area of research is exciting because it can lead to more mechanistic understanding of ecological systems from both ecological and evolutionary perspectives.

Overall theme of current research

Eco-evolutionary dynamics, relating the interactions of individuals and individual variations to the dynamics of populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes. Spatial ecological dynamics in infectious diseases.

Current position

Postdoctoral Researcher, Career level II, 2019/04/01-2022/03/31

Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Project: Eco-evolutionary food web modeling

Supervisor: Prof. Anna Kuparinen


PhD program in ecology, Integrated Science Lab (IceLab) & Department of Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (2009-2014)
PhD program in Ecology, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (2004-2014) (transferred to Umeå University)
M. S. in Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of New Mexico, New Mexico, USA (2007-2008)
M. S. in Forest Landscape Ecology, Department of Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA (2000-2003)
B. S. in Forest Science & Biological Aspects of Conservation, Department of Forest Ecology & Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA (1995-2000)
B. A. in English, Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan (1990-1994)