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  • Trophic interactions, especially plant herbivore interactions in a food web context

    • herbivore driven changes of vegetation - and vegetation traits maintained by herbivory
    • vegetation impacts on herbivore resource use, feeding ecology and population dynamics
  • Tundra foodweb and ecosystem dynamics - in the context of changing arctic
  • Development and testing of methodology for plant-herbivore interaction studies


I am research coordinator of the  Climate ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT). COAT is a long-term adaptive ecosystem monitoring initiative, based on food-web theory. It aims to become the world’s most comprehensive and management relevant long-term research enterprise for arctic terrestrial ecosystems. A peer reviewed science plan for COAT has been published as an issue of the Fram Centre report series. Project leader: Rolf A. Ims.

Ongoing collaboration:

Small rodents, climate, and changes in trophic dynamics (Jane Jepsen and Nina Eide, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NINA, Rolf Ims UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø). The project is a workpackage within the "Direct and indirect effects of climate change on ecological processess in freshwater and on land" project of NINA. We use data from small rodent population dynamic time-series, landscape composition and snow conditions to do a macroecological analysis on small rodent population dynamics.

Long-term monitoring of small rodent diet variation and change by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) (Katrine Hoset, University of Turku). The project aims to build calibration models that link existing NIRS scans of small rodent faeces and diet composition determined by DNA-barcoding and test their applicability for monitoring diet variation of sub-arctic rodents by collecting faeces from the field. Funding: Small Research Grant from British Ecological Society.

Previous projects:

Svalbard Ptarmigan - old data with new insight (project leaders: Åshild Pedersen and Eva Fuglei, Norwegian Polar Institute).

"Feeding ecology of Canadian lemmings" (in collaboration with prof. Gilles Gauthier, Universite Laval, and prof. Dominique Berteaux, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski).

"Interactions between small rodents and their food plants in tundra habitats" (PhD)

Biografiske data

PhD, University of Tromsø, 2012

MSc, University of Helsinki, 2006

Arbeider i CRIStin

  • Barrio, Isabel; Bueno, Guillermo; Gartzia, Maite; Soininen, Eeva M; Christie, Katie; Speed, James David Mervyn; Ravolainen, Virve; Forbes, Bruce; Gauthier, Gilles; Horskotte, Tim; Hoset, Katrine; Høye, Toke T.; Jonsdottir, Ingibjørg; Levesque, Ester; Morsdorf, Martin Alfons; Olofsson, Johan; Wookey, Philip A.; Hik, David S.. Biotic interactions mediate patterns of herbivore diversity in the Arctic. Global Ecology and Biogeography 2016; Volum 25 (9). ISSN 1466-822X.s 1108 - 1118.s doi: 10.1111/geb.12470.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Fuglei, Eva; Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik. Complementary use of density estimates and hunting statistics: different sides of the same story?. European Journal of Wildlife Research 2016; Volum 62 (2). ISSN 1612-4642.s 151 - 160.s doi: 10.1007/s10344-016-0987-z.

  • Bråthen, Kari Anne; Jahiri, Xhevahire; Jusdado, Juan German Herranz; Soininen, Eeva M; Jensen, John Beck. Fungal endophyte diversity in tundra grasses increases by grazing. Fungal ecology 2015; Volum 17. ISSN 1754-5048.s 41 - 51.s doi: 10.1016/j.funeco.2015.05.002.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Jensvoll, Ingrid; Killengreen, Siw Turid; Ims, Rolf Anker. Under the snow: a new camera trap opens the white box of subnivean ecology. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 2015; Volum 1 (1). ISSN 2056-3485.s 29 - 38.s doi: 10.1002/rse2.2.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Gauthier, Gilles; Bilodeau, Frederic; Berteaux, Dominique; Gielly, Ludovic; Taberlet, Pierre; Gusarova, Galina; Bellemain, Eva; Hassel, Kristian; Stenøien, Hans K.; Epp, Laura; Schrøder-Nielsen, Audun; Brochmann, Christian; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles. Highly overlapping winter diet in two sympatric lemming species revealed by DNA metabarcoding. PLoS ONE 2015; Volum 10 (1). ISSN 1932-6203.s doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115335.

  • Unander, Sigmund; Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik; Soininen, Eeva M; Descamps, Sebastian; Willebrand, Maria Hörnell; Fuglei, Eva. Populations on the limits: survival of Svalbard rock ptarmigan. Journal of Ornithology 2015; Volum 157 (2). ISSN 2193-7192.s 407 - 418.s doi: 10.1007/s10336-015-1282-6.

  • Smis, Adriaan; Ancin Murguzur, Francisco Javier; Struyf, Eric; Soininen, Eeva M; Herranz, Jusdado Juan G; Meire, Patrick; Bråthen, Kari Anne. Determination of plant silicon content with near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. (data) Frontiers in Plant Science 2014; Volum 5. ISSN 1664-462X.s doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00496.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Ehrich, Dorothee; Lecomte, Nicolas; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Tarroux, Arnaud; Berteaux, Dominique; Gauthier, Gilles; Gielly, Ludovic; Brochmann, Christian; Gussarova, Galina; Ims, Rolf Anker. Sources of variation in small rodent trophic niche: New insights from DNA metabarcoding and stable isotope analysis. Isotopes in environmental and health studies 2014; Volum 50 (3). ISSN 1025-6016.s 361 - 381.s doi: 10.1080/10256016.2014.915824.

  • Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik; Soininen, Eeva M; Unander, Sigmund; Willebrand, Maria Hörnell; Fuglei, E.. Experimental harvest reveals the importance of territoriality in limiting the breeding population of Svalbard rock ptarmigan. European Journal of Wildlife Research 2014; Volum 60 (2). ISSN 1612-4642.s 201 - 212.s doi: 10.1007/s10344-013-0766-z.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Zinger, Lucie; Gielly, Ludovic; Bellemain, Eva; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Brochmann, Christian; Epp, Laura; Gusarova, Galina; Hassel, Kristian; Henden, John-André; Killengreen, Siw Turid; Rämä, Teppo; Stenøien, Hans; Yoccoz, Nigel; Ims, Rolf Anker. Shedding new light on the diet of Norwegian lemmings: DNA metabarcoding of stomach content. Polar Biology 2013; Volum 36 (7). ISSN 0722-4060.s 1069 - 1076.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-013-1328-2.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Ravolainen, Virve; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Yoccoz, Nigel; Gielly, Ludovic; Ims, Rolf Anker. Arctic Small Rodents Have Diverse Diets and Flexible Food Selection. PLoS ONE 2013; Volum 8 (6). ISSN 1932-6203.s doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068128.

  • Ravolainen, Virve; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Ims, Rolf Anker; Yoccoz, Nigel; Soininen, Eeva Marjatta. Shrub patch configuration at the landscape scale is related to diversity of adjacent herbaceous vegetation. Plant Ecology & Diversity 2013; Volum 6 (2). ISSN 1755-0874.s 257 - 268.s doi: 10.1080/17550874.2013.773104.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Herranz Justado, Juan German; Reidinger, Stefan; Hartley, Susan E.. More than herbivory: levels of silica-based defences in grasses vary with plant species, genotype and location. Oikos 2013; Volum 122 (1). ISSN 0030-1299.s 30 - 41.s doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20689.x.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Hübner, Christiane E.; Jónsdóttir, Ingibjörg S.. Food selection by barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) in an Arctic pre-breeding area. Polar Research 2010; Volum 29 (3). ISSN 0800-0395.s 404 - 412.s doi: 10.1111/j.1751-8369.2010.00172.x.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Valentini, A; Coissac, E; Miquel, C; Gielly, L; Gielly, Ludovic; Brochmann, Christian; Brysting, AK; Sonstebo, JH; Sønstebø, Jørn Henrik; Ims, Rolf Anker; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Taberlet, Pierre; Taberlet, Pierre. Analysing diet of small herbivores: the efficiency of DNA barcoding coupled with high-throughput pyrosequencing for deciphering the composition of complex plant mixtures. Frontiers in Zoology 2009; Volum 6. ISSN 1742-9994.s doi: 10.1186/1742-9994-6-16.

  • Koivula, Matti; Hyyryläinen, Vesa; Soininen, Eeva Marjatta. Carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) at forest-farmland edges in southern Finland. Journal of Insect Conservation 2004; Volum 8 (4). ISSN 1366-638X.s 297 - 309.

  • Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik; Fuglei, Eva; Ravolainen, Virve; Kohler, Jack; Gallet, J.-C.; Stien, Audun; Jepsen, Jane Uhd; Tombre, Ingunn; Ims, Rolf Anker; Soininen, Eeva M; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Jonsdottir, Ingibjørg; Tveito, Ole Einar; Isaksen, Ketil. Vil overvåke klimatrusselen. Svalbardposten 2016.

  • Soininen, Eeva M. Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT). ILTER First Open Science Meeting 2016 2016-10-09 - 2916-10-13 2016.

  • Eide, Nina Elisabeth; Evju, Marianne; Nystuen, Kristin O.; Jepsen, Jane Uhd; Soininen, Eeva M; Le Vaillant, Maryline; Meijer, Tomas; Graae, Bente Jessen; Angerbjörn, Anders; Ims, Rolf Anker; Rusch, Graciela. Smågnagerne gir puls og liv til høyfjellet. 2016 (063) ISBN 978-82-426-2849-7. ISSN 0804-421X.s 12 - 15.

  • Toumi, Maria; Murguzur, Francisco J.A.; Hoset, Katrine S.; Soininen, Eeva M; Vesterinen, Eero; Utsi, Tove Aagnes; Bråthen, Kari Anne. Rodent species and sex determination from single fecal pellets using near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS). Nordic OIKOS Conference for Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (data) (fulltekst) 2016-02-02 - 2016-02-04 2016.

  • Bjørndalen, John Markus; Anshus, Otto; Brox-Larsen, Tore; Ha, Hoai Phuong; Ims, Rolf Anker; Jepsen, Jane Uhd; Killengreen, Siw Turid; Kleiven, Eivind Flittie; Soininen, Eeva M; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Horsch, Alexander. Building a Sensor System for a Large Scale Arctic Observatory. Communicating Process Architectures 2016 2016-08-21 - 2016-08-24 2016.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Gupta, Sujata. Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna. 2015.

  • Barrio, Isabel; Bueno, Guillermo; Gartzia, Maite; Soininen, Eeva M; Christie, Katie; Speed, James David Mervyn; Ravolainen, Virve; Forbes, Bruce C.; Gauthier, Gilles; Horskotte, Tim; Hoset, Katrine S.; Høye, Toke T.; Jónsdóttir, Ingibjörg Svala; Levesque, Ester; Mörsdorf, Martin Alfons; Olofsson, Johan; Wookey, Philip A.; Hik, David S.. Biotic interactions mediate patterns of herbivore diversity in the Arctic. Arctic Net Annual Scientific Meeting 2015 2015-12-07 - 2015-12-11 2015.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Holm, Magnus. Avslører hemmelig liv. 2015.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Holmes, Kat. Behind the Spy: camera trapping under the snow. 2015.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Jensvoll, Ingrid; Ims, Rolf Anker; Killengreen, Siw Turid. Small mammal camera traps enable studies of activity patterns under snow. 14th Rodents et Spatium 2014-07-28 - 2014-08-02 2014.

  • Bråthen, Kari Anne; Ravolainen, Virve; Soininen, Eeva M. Den grønne tundraen. Ottar 2014 (302). ISSN 0030-6703.s 45 - 51.

  • Killengreen, Siw Turid; Soininen, Eeva M; Knut Sverre, Horn. Gransker lemen med amerikansk politiutstyr. 2014.

  • Ravolainen, Virve; Soininen, Eeva M; Bueno, Guillermo; Hik, David S.; Jónsdóttir, Ingibjörg Svala; Mörsdorf, Martin Alfons; Barrio, Isabel. Role of herbivory in northern and alpine environments: towards a common approach. Arctic Change 2014-12-08 - 2014-12-12 2014.

  • Fuglei, Eva; Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik; Unander, Sigmund; Soininen, Eeva M; Willebrand, Maria Hörnell. Høsting av svalbardrype – gamle data med potensial for ny innsikt : sluttrapport til Svalbards Miljøvernfond. (fulltekst) 2013.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Ims, Rolf Anker; Yoccoz, Nigel; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Ravolainen, Virve; Gielly, Ludovic. Variability of vole food preferences - new insights using DNA metabarcoding. Rodent population ecology, behavior and management in the North and South 2012-02-21 - 2012-02-24 2012.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Ims, Rolf Anker; Yoccoz, Nigel; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Ravolainen, Virve; Gielly, Ludovic. What to eat? Effects of food availability on vole diets and selectivity. DNA metbarcoding spring school 2012-03-05 - 2012-03-09 2012.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta. Interactions between small rodents and their food plants in tundra habitats. 2012 ISBN 978-82-8266-041-9.

  • Ravolainen, Virve; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Kollstrøm, Julie; Stien, Audun; Killengreen, Siw Turid; Henden, John-André; Yoccoz, Nigel; Ims, Rolf Anker. Tall shrub tundra vegetation and drivers of change. Arctic Net Annual scientific meeting 2012 2012-12-10 - 2012-12-14 2012.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Ehrich, Dorothee; Lecomte, Nicolas; Berteaux, Dominique; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Gauthier, Gilles; Tarroux, Arnaud; Yoccoz, Nigel; Ims, Rolf Anker. Are arctic rodents competing for food?. ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2010 2010-12-14 - 2010-12-17 2010.

  • Soininen, Eeva Marjatta; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Justado, Juan German. Hard bites – can silicate levels in grasses alter rodent population dynamics?. 35e congrès de la SQÉBC 2010-11-05 - 2010-11-07 2010.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Valentini, Alice; Coissac, Eric; Miquel, Christian; Gielly, Ludovic; Brochmann, Christian; Brysting, Anne Krag; Sønstebø, Jørn Henrik; Ims, Rolf Anker; Yoccoz, Nigel; Taberlet, Pierre. DNA barcoding: an effective method to study herbivore diets. 10th International Mammalogy Congress 2009-08-09 - 2009-08-14 2009.

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