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Schärer Group
Evolutionary Biology
Zoological Institute
University of Basel
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel

Jussi Lehtonen

email: jussi.lehtonen ( at ) iki.fi
phone: +41 61 207 03 72

I am an evolutionary biologist, working mostly on theoretical questions using mathematical methods. I completed my PhD at the Australian National University, in the group of Professor Hanna Kokko in 2013. In 2014 I started a postdoc in the Schärer group, funded by the Finnish Kone Foundation.

Current research

I am currently working with Lukas on the link between anisogamy and the divergence of male and female sex roles. I also have several other ongoing collaborations on a wide range of evolutionary questions (see publications below for some examples).


1) Lehtonen, J. 2015. Models of fertilization kinetics. Royal Society Open Science 2: 150175.

2) Lehtonen, J. & Kokko, H. 2015. Why inclusive fitness can make it adaptive to produce less fit extra-pair offspring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282: 20142716.

3) Umbers, K., Lehtonen, J. & Mappes, J. 2015. Deimatic displays. Current Biology 25 (2): R58-R59.

4) Lehtonen, J. & Lanfear, R. 2014. Generation time, life history, and the substitution rate of neutral mutations. Biology Letters 10 (11): 20140801.

5) Lehtonen, J. & Parker, G. A. 2014. Gamete competition, gamete limitation and the evolution of the two sexes. Molecular Human Reproduction 20 (12): 1161-1168.

6) Parker, G. A. & Lehtonen J. 2014. Gamete evolution and sperm numbers: sperm competition versus sperm limitation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281(1791).

7) Lehtonen, J. & Kokko H. 2014. Sex. Current Biology 24: R305-R306.

8) Jalasvuori, M. & Lehtonen, J. 2014. Virus epidemics can lead to a population-wide spread of intragenomic parasites in a previously parasite-free asexual population. Molecular ecology 23: 987-991

9) Lehtonen, J. & Whitehead M. 2014. Sexual deception: Coevolution or inescapable exploitation? Current Zoology 60: 52-61. (Equal contribution by the two authors)

10) Lehtonen, J., Schmidt, D.J, Heubel, K. & Kokko, H. 2013. Evolutionary and ecological implications of sexual parasitism. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28: 297-306.

11) Lehtonen, J., Jennions, M.D. & Kokko, H. 2012. The many costs of sex. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:172-178.

12) Lehtonen, J. & Kokko, H. 2012. Positive feedback and alternative stable states in inbreeding, cooperation, sex roles and other evolutionary processes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 367:211-221.

13) Mokkonen, M., Kokko, H., Koskela, E., Lehtonen, J., Mappes, T., Martiskainen, H. & Mills, S.C. 2011. Negative frequency-dependent selection of sexually antagonistic alleles in Myodes glareolus. Science 334:972-974.

14) Lehtonen, J. & Kokko, H. 2011. Two roads to two sexes: unifying gamete competition and gamete limitation in a single model of anisogamy evolution. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:445-459.

15) Jaatinen, K., Lehtonen, J. & Kokko, H. 2011. Strategy selection under conspecific brood parasitism: an integrative modelling approach. Behavioral Ecology 22:144-155.

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