Dr Sofia Gripenberg

  • email s.gripenberg@reading.ac.uk

Research Interests

My main interest is in interspecific interactions and their effects on population and community dynamics, individual behaviour, and evolutionary processes. Most of my work focuses on plant-insect interactions, but I also have an interest in host-parasitoid and plant-pathogen interactions. In my current main strand of research I address the role of internally feeding insect seed predators (‘seed parasitoids’) and seedling herbivores in maintaining tropical forest diversity and structuring plant communities. The field work for this project is mainly carried out in the well-studied forest of Barro Colorado Island in Panama.


Selected Publications

  • Bagchi, R., Gallery, R. E., Gripenberg, S., Gurr, S. E., Narayan, L., Addis, C. E., Freckleton, R. P. & Lewis, O. T. (2014) Fungal pathogens and insect herbivores modify rainforest plant diversity and composition. Nature, 506: 85-88.
  • Morris, R. J., Gripenberg, S., Lewis, O. T. & Roslin, T. (2014) Antagonistic interaction networks are structured independently of latitude and host guild. Ecology Letters, 17: 340-349.
  • Gripenberg, S., Bagchi, R., Gallery, R. E., Freckleton, R. P., Narayan, L. & Lewis, O. T. (2014) Testing for enemy-mediated density-dependence in the mortality of seedlings: Field experiments with five Neotropical tree species. Oikos, 123: 185-193.
  • Tack, A. J., Gripenberg, S. & Roslin, T. (2012) Cross-kingdom interactions matter: fungal-mediated interactions structure an insect community on oak. Ecology Letters, 15: 177-185.
  • Gripenberg, S., Hamer, N., Brereton, T., Roy, D. B. & Lewis, O. T. (2011) A novel parasitoid and a declining butterfly: cause or coincidence? Ecological Entomology, 36: 271-281.
  • Gripenberg, S., Mayhew, P. J., Parnell, M. & Roslin, T. (2010) A meta-analysis of host plant selection in phytophagous insects. Ecology Letters, 13: 383-393.
  • Gripenberg, S., Ovaskainen, O., Morriën, E. & Roslin, T. (2008) Spatial population structure of a specialist leaf-mining moth. Journal of Animal Ecology, 77: 757-767.
  • Gripenberg, S., Morriën, E., Cudmore, A., Salminen, J-P. & Roslin, T. (2007) Resource selection by female moths in a heterogeneous environment: What is a poor girl to do? Journal of Animal Ecology, 76: 854-865.