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Soininen, Eeva Marjatta

Arktisk og marin biologi


  • 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.

I also lead the COAT research package “small rodent module”. This module of COAT has emphasis on climate impacts on small rodent population dynamics and the consequences of expected changes to the tundra food web.  

Other ongoing projects:

COATTools – is a method development project related to methods relevant for COAT, with focus in informatics, physics, statistics and didactics. Project leader: Nigel G. Yoccoz.

The status of evidence for herbivory in Arctic tundra ecosystems - A protocol for a systematic map. The project is a first step towards a circumpolar assessment of the status of current knowledge and evidence on the effects of herbivores on Arctic vegetation.

Small rodents, climate, and changes in trophic dynamics (together with 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.

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

Hjemmesider / Sosiale medier

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Lecture and seminars on plant-herbivore interactions on the course BIO-3013/BIO-8016 Ecology of northern food webs

Arbeider i CRIStin

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Zinger, Lucie; Gielly, Ludovic; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles; Henden, John-André; Ims, Rolf Anker. Not only mosses: lemming winter diets as described by DNA metabarcoding. Polar Biology 2017. ISSN 0722-4060.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-017-2114-3.

  • Thom, Håvard; Bjørndalen, John Markus; Kleiven, Eivind Flittie; Soininen, Eeva M; Killengreen, Siw Turid; Ehrich, Dorothee; Ims, Rolf Anker; Anshus, Otto; Horsch, Alexander. Using machine learning to provide automatic image annotation for wildlife camera traps in the Arctic. 2017 ISBN 978-82-8378-003-1.s 17 - 20.

  • Soininen, Eeva M; Hamel, Sandra; Yoccoz, Nigel Gilles. Importance of study design and robust analyses in ecology – what is the evidence for silica–vole interactions?. Functional Ecology 2017; Volum 31 (9). ISSN 0269-8463.s 1847 - 1852.s doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12830.

  • Barrio, Isabel C.; Lindén, Elin; te Beest, Mariska; Olofsson, Johan; Rocha, Adrian; Soininen, Eeva M; Alatalo, Juha M.; Andersson, Tommi; Asmus, Ashley; Boike, Julia; Bråthen, Kari Anne; Bryant, John P.; Buchwal, Agata; Bueno, C. Guillermo; Christie, Katherine S.; Denisova, Yulia V.; Egelkraut, Dagmar; Ehrich, Dorothee; Fishback, LeeAnn; Forbes, Bruce C.; Gartzia, Maite; Grogan, Paul; Hallinger, Martin; Heijmans, Monicque M.P.D.; Hik, David S.; Hofgaard, Annika; Holmgren, Milena; Høye, Toke T.; Huebner, Diane C.; Jonsdottir, Ingibjørg; Kaarlejärvi, Elina; Kumpula, Timo; Lange, Cynthia Y.M.J.G.; Lange, Jelena; Lévesque, Esther; Limpens, Juul; Macias-Fauria, Marc; Myers-Smith, Isla; Van Nieukerken, Erik J.; Normand, Signe; Post, Eric S.; Schmidt, Niels Martin; Sitters, Judith; Skoracka, Anna; Sokolov, Alexander; Sokolova, Natalya; Speed, James David Mervyn; Street, Lorna E.; Sundqvist, Maja K.; Suominen, Otso; Tananaev, Nikita; Tremblay, Jean-Pierre; Urbanowicz, Christine; Uvarov, Sergey A.; Watts, David; Wilmking, Martin; Wookey, Philip A.; Zimmermann, Heike H.; Zverev, Vitali; Kozlov, Mikhail V.. Background invertebrate herbivory on dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa-nana complex) increases with temperature and precipitation across the tundra biome. Polar Biology 2017; Volum Published ahead of print. ISSN 0722-4060.s 1 - 14.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-017-2139-7.

  • 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.

  • 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; 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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; 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 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.

  • Speed, James David Mervyn; Soininen, Eeva M; Skjelbred, Ina Åsnes; Martin, Michael David; Barrio, Isabel C. Phylogenetic and functional composition of Arctic herbivore assemblages. 3rd Symposium on Ecological Networks and 3rd Symposium on Molecular Analysis 2017-09-11 - 2017-09-15 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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; 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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