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Petri Niemela

Dr. Petri Niemela



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

Room: B02.026
Phone: +49 89 2180 74 214

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.




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.