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Cairns J, Jokela R, Becks L, Mustonen V & Hiltunen T Repeatable ecological dynamics govern response of experimental community to antibiotic pulse perturbation. Nature Ecology and Evolution

Cairns J, Moerman F, Fronhofer E, Altermatt F, & Hiltunen T Evolution in interacting species alters predator life history traits, behavior and morphology in experimental microbial communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 

Heß S, Hiltunen T, Berendonk T , Kneis D High variability of plasmid transfer rates in Escherichia coli isolates of di􏰀fferent origin Plos One 


Kaitala V, Hiltunen T, Becks L and Scheuerl T 2019 Co-evolution as an important component explaining microbial predator-prey interaction Journal of Theoretical Biology 


Scheuerl T, Cairns J, Becks L and Hiltunen T* 2019 Consumer co-evolution and prey trait variability determine species coexistence Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 

Kneis D, Hiltunen T and Heß S 2019 A high-throughput approach to the culture-based estimation of plasmid transfer rates Plasmid 

Theodosiou L, Hiltunen T and Becks L 2019 The role of stressors in altering eco-evolutionary dynamics Functional Ecology 


Coloma S, Gaedke U, Sivonen K, and Hiltunen T* 2018 Frequency of virus-resistant hosts determines experimental community dynamics Ecology

Hiltunen T, Cairns J, Frickel J, Jalasvuori M, Laakso J, Kaitala V, Künzel S, Karakoc E and Becks L 2018 Dual-stressor selection alters eco-evolutionary dynamics in experimental communities Nature Ecology and Evolution

Cairns J, Koskinen K, Penttinen R, Patinen T, Hartikainen A, Jokela R, Ruusulehto L, Viitamäki S, Mattila S, Hiltunen T and Jalasvuori M 2018 Black Queen evolution and trophic interactions determine plasmid survival after the disruption of conjugation network mSystems

Cairns J, Jokela R, Hultman J, Tamminen M, Virta M, Hiltunen T*. 2018. Construction and characterization of synthetic bacterial community for experimental ecology and evolution. Frontiers in Genetics 


Cairns J, Ruokolainen L, Hultman J, Tamminen M, Virta M, Hiltunen T*. 2018. Ecology determines how low antibiotic concentration impacts community composition and horizontal transfer of resistance genes. Communications Biology. 1(1): 35. (PDF)


Pulkkinen K, Pekkala N, Ashrafi R, Hämäläinen D, Nkembeng N, Lipponen A, Hiltunen T, Valkonen J, Taskinen, J. 2018. Effect of resource availability on evolution of virulence and competition in an environmentally transmitted pathogen. FEMS microbiology ecology. 94(5):  fiy060. (PDF)


Cairns J, Becks L, Jalasvuori M & Hiltunen T*. 2017. Sublethal streptomycin concentrations and lytic bacteriophage together promote resistance evolution. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 372(1712): 20160040. (PDF)

Cairns J, Frickel J, Jalasvuori M, Hiltunen T & Becks L. 2017. Genomic evolution of bacterial populations under coselection by antibiotics and phage. Molecular Ecology. 26(7): 1848–1859. (PDF)

Coloma SE, Dienstbier A, Bamford DH, Sivonen K, Roine E & Hiltunen T*. 2017. Newly isolated Nodularia phage influences cyanobacterial community dynamics. Environmental microbiology. 19(1): 273-286. (PDF)

Hiltunen T, Virta M, & Laine AL. 2017. Antibiotic resistance in the wild: an eco-evolutionary

perspective. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 372(1712): 20160039. (PDF)

Hiltunen T*, Kaitala V, Laakso J and Becks, L. 2017. Evolutionary contribution to coexistence of competitors in microbial food webs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284(1864): 20170415. (PDF)


Huang W, Traulsen A, Werner B, Hiltunen T and Becks L. 2017. Dynamical trade-offs arise from antagonistic coevolution and decrease intraspecific diversity. Nature Communications. 8(1): 2059. (PDF)

Mattila S, Ruotsalainen P, Ojala V, Tuononen T, Hiltunen T and Jalasvuori M. 2017. Conjugative ESBL-plasmids differ in their potential to rescue susceptible bacteria via horizontal gene transfer in lethal antibiotic concentrations. Journal of Antibiotics. 70(6):805-808. (PDF)


Suominen S, Brauer VS, Rantala-Ylinen A, Sivonen K & Hiltunen T*. 2017. Competition

between a toxic and a non-toxic Microcystis strain under constant and pulsed nitrogen and phosphorus supply. Aquatic Ecology. 51(1):117-130. (PDF)


Cairns J, Coloma S, Sivonen K and Hiltunen T*. 2016. Evolving interactions between diazotrophic cyanobacterium and phage mediate nitrogen release and host competitive ability. Royal Society Open Science. 3(12): 160839. (PDF)

Ojala V, Mattila S, Hoikkala V, Bamford J, Hiltunen T and Jalasvuori M. 2016. Scoping the effectiveness and evolutionary obstacles in utilizing plasmid-dependent phages to fight antibiotic resistance. Future Microbiology. 11(8): 999-1009. (PDF)


Cairns J, Jalasvuori M, Ojala V, Brockhurst M and Hiltunen T*. 2016. Conjugation is necessary for a bacterial plasmid to survive under protozoan predation. Biology Letters. 12(2): 20150953. (PDF)



Hiltunen T*, Ayan GB and Becks L. 2015. Environmental fluctuations restrict eco-evolutionary dynamics in predator-prey system. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282: 20150013. (PDF)

Örmälä-Odegrip A-M, Ojala V, Hiltunen T, Zhang J, Bamford J and Laakso J. 2015. Protist predation can select for bacteria with lowered susceptibility to infection by lytic phages. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 15: 81. (PDF)



Hiltunen T* & Becks L. 2014. Consumer co-evolution as an important component of the eco-evolutionary feedback. Nature Communications. 5:5226. doi:10.1038/ncomms6226 (PDF)

Ketola T & Hiltunen T*. 2014. Rapid evolutionary adaptation to elevated salt concentrations in pathogenic freshwater bacteria Serratia marcescensEcology and Evolution. 4(20): 3901-3908. (PDF)

Hiltunen T*, Hairston NG jr, Hooker G, Jones LE and Ellner SP. 2014. A newly discovered role of evolution in previously published consumer-resource dynamics. Ecology Letters. 17: 915-923. (PDF) F1000

Hiltunen T*, Ellner SP, Jones LE, Hooker G and Hairston NG jr. 2014. Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a three-species food web with intraguild predation: intriguingly complex. Advances in Ecological Research. 50: 41-73. (PDF)


Before 2014

Hiltunen T* & Laakso J. 2013. The relative importance of competition and predation in environment characterized by resource pulses – an experimental test with a microbial community. BMC Ecology. 13:29. (PDF)

Hiltunen T*, Jones LE, Ellner SP and Hairston NG Jr. 2013. Temporal dynamics of a simple community with intraguild predation: an experimental test. Ecology. 94: 773–779. (PDF)

Hiltunen T*, Barreiro A and Hairston NG Jr. 2012. Mixotrophy and the toxicity of Ochromonas in pelagic food webs. Freshwater biology. 57: 2262–2271. (PDF)


Hiltunen T*, Friman V-P, Laakso J, Kaitala V and Mappes J. 2012. Predation and resource fluctuations drive eco-evolutionary dynamics of a bacterial community. Acta Oecologica. 38: 77-83. (PDF)

Friman V-P, Koivu M, Laakso J, Kaitala V and Hiltunen T. 2011. Pulsed-resource dynamics increase the asymmetry of antagonistic coevolution between a predatory protist and a prey bacterium. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24: 2563-2573. (PDF)


Friman V-P, Hiltunen T, Jalasvuori M, Lindstedt C, Laanto E, Örmälä A-M, Laakso J, Mappes J and Bamford J. 2011. High temperature and bacteriophages can indirectly select for bacterial pathogenicity in environmental reservoirs. PLoS ONE. 6(3): e17651. (PDF)

Friman V-P, Lindstedt C, Hiltunen T, Laakso J and Mappes J. 2009. Predation on multiple trophic levels shapes the evolution of pathogen virulence. PLoS ONE 4(8): e6761. (PDF)

Friman V-P, Hiltunen T, Laakso J and Kaitala V. 2008. Availability of prey resources drives evolution of predator-prey interaction. Proc Royal Soc London B.  275: 1625-1633. (PDF)


Hiltunen T*, Laakso J, Kaitala V, Suomalainen L-R and Pekkonen M. 2008. Temporal variability in detritus resource maintains diversity of bacterial communities. Acta Oecologia. 33: 291-299. (PDF)

Hiltunen T*, Laakso J and Kaitala V. 2006. Interactions between environmental variability and immigration rate control patterns of species diversity. Ecological Modelling. 194: 126-131. (PDF)

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