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Petri Niemela

Dr. Petri Niemela



Department Biologie II,
Großhaderner Str.2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Room: C02.054
Phone: +49 89 2180 74 265

Research project:

Social environments and behavioural expression

I am generally interested to study the effects of social environment to the behavioural expression and fitness of focal individual in the wild. As a model species, I use native field cricket species, Gryllus campestris.




Niemela P.T., Niehoff P., Gasparin C., Dingemanse N.J., Tuni C. 2019. Crickets become behaviourally more stable when raised under higher temperatures. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology: 73-81.

Niemela P.T., Dingemanse N.J. 2018. Meta-analysis reveals weak associations between intrinsic state and personality. Proceedings B, 285: 20172823. 

Niemelä P.T. & Dingemanse N.J. 2018. On the usage of single measurements in behavioural ecology research on individual differences. Animal Behaviour. 145, 99-105.

Tarka M., Guenther A., Niemelä P.T., Nakagawa S. & Noble D.W.A. 2018. Sex differences in life history, behavior, and physiology along a slow-fast continuum: a meta-analysis. Behavioral ecology and sociobiology. 72, 132.

Dammhahn M., Dingemanse N.J., Niemelä P.T. & Réale D. 2018. Pace-of-life syndromes: a framework for the adaptive integration of behaviour, physiology and life history. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 72, 62.

Santostefano S., Wilson A.J., Niemelä P.T. & Dingemanse N.J. 2017. Behavioural mediators of genetic life-history trade-offs: a test of the pace-of-life syndrome hypothesis in field crickets. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284, 20171567.

Santostefano S., Wilson A.J., Niemelä P.T. & Dingemanse N.J. 2017. indirect genetic effects: a key component of the genetic architecture of behavior. Scientific Reports. 7, 10235.

Niemelä, P.T., Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Individual versus pseudo-repeatability in behaviour: lessons from translocation experiments in a wild insect. Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12688.  

Krams, I, Niemelä, P.T., Trakimas, G. et al. P. 2017. Metabolic rate associates with, but does not generate covariation between, behaviours in western stutter-trilling crickets, Gryllus integer. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:20162481.

Brumm, H., Zollinger, Z.A., Niemelä, P.T. & Sprau, P. 2017. Measurement artefacts lead to false positives in the study of birdsong in noise. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Niemelä, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Trustworthiness of online beer ratings as a source of social information. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:24.

DiRienzo, N, Niemelä, P.T., AV Hedrick, A.V., Kortet, R. 2016. Adult bacterial exposure increases behavioral variation and drives higher repeatability in field crickets. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 1941-1947.

Niemelä, P.T. & Santostefano, F. 2015. Social carry-over effects on non-social behavioral variation: mechanisms and consequences. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:49.

Niemelä, P.T., Lattenkamp, E.Z. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Personality-related survival and sampling bias in wild cricket nymphs. Behavioral Ecology 26:936-946.

DiRienzo, N., Niemelä, P.T., Skog, A., Vainikka, A. & Kortet, R. 2015. Juvenile pathogen exposure affects the presence of personality in adult field crickets. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:36.

Härkönen, L., Hyvärinen, P., Niemelä, P.T. & Vainikka, A. 2015. Behavioural variation in Eurasian perch populations with respect to relative catchability. Acta Ethologica 1-11.

Niemelä, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Artificial environments and the study of ‘adaptive’ personalities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:245-247.

Niemelä, P.T., Dingemanse, N.J., Alioravainen, N., Vainikka, A. & Kortet, R. 2013. Personality pace-of-life hypothesis: testing genetic associations among personality and life-history. Behavioral Ecology 24:935-941.

Niemelä, P.T., Vainikka, A., Forsman, J., Loukola, O. & Kortet, R. 2013. How does variation in the environment and individual cognition explain the existence of consistent behavioral differences? Ecology and Evolution 3:457-464.

Kortet, R., Niemelä, P.T., Vainikka, A. & Laakso, J. 2012. Females prefer bold males; an analysis of boldness, mate choice, and bacterial resistance in the Field cricket, Gryllus integer. Ecological Parasitology and Immunology 1:1-6.

Niemelä, P.T., Dirienzo, N. & Hedrick, A. 2012. Predator-induced changes in the boldness of naïve field cricket, Gryllus integer, depends on behavioural type. Animal Behaviour 84:129-135.

Niemelä, P.T., Vainikka, A., Hedrick, A. & Kortet, R. 2012. Integrating behavior with life-history: boldness of the field cricket, Gryllus integer, during ontogeny. Functional Ecology 26:450-456.

Niemelä, P.T., Vainikka, A., Lahdenperä, S. & Kortet, R. 2012. Nymphal density, behavioural development and life-history in a field cricket. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66:645-652.

Vainikka, A., Koskimäki, J., Niemelä, P.T. & Kortet, R. 2011. Composition of the Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis) catches in ice fishing: Does capture order predict body size? Fisheries Research 115-116:24-30.

Vainikka, A., Rantala, M.J., Niemelä, P.T., Hirvonen, H. & Kortet, R. 2011. Boldness as a consistent personality trait in the noble crayfish, Astacus astacus. Acta Ethologica 14:17-25.