Publications (since 2012)


  • Skaldina, O., Ciszek, R., Peräniemi, S., Kolehmainen, M. & Sorvari, J. 2020. Facing the threat: common yellowjacket wasps as indicators of metal contamination. – Environmental Science and Pollution Research (In Press).
  • Skaldina, O. 2020. Insects associated with sweet fennel - beneficial visitors attracted by a generalist plant – Arthropod-Plant Interactions 4: 399–407.
  • Kangassalo, K., Sorvari, J., Nousiainen, I., Pölkki, M., Valtonen, T.M., Krams, I. & Rantala, M.J. 2020. Intra- and trans-generational phenotypic responses of the greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella, to a low-nutrition larval diet. – Annales Zoologici Fennici 57: 99-114.
  • Majlesi, S., Carrasco Navarro, V., Sorvari, J., Panzuto, S., Naarala, J., Akkanen, J. & Juutilainen, J. 2020. Is developmental instability in chironomids a sensitive endpoint for testing uranium mine affected sediments? – Science of the Total Environment 720: 137496
  • Holopainen, J., Blande, J. & Sorvari, J. 2020. Functional role of extrafloral nectar in boreal forest ecosystems under climate change. – Forests 11: 6
  • Skaldina, O. & Sorvari, J. 2020. Phenotypic diversity of red wood ants: is kinship involved? – European Journal of Entomology 117: 27-33.



  • Šimpraga, M., Ghimire, R.P., Van Der Straeten, D., Blande, J.D., Kasurinen, A., Sorvari, J., Holopainen, T., Adriaenssens, S., Holopainen, J.K. & Kivimäenpää, M. 2019. Unravelling the functions of biogenic volatiles in boreal and temperate forest ecosystems. – European Journal of Forest Research 138: 763-787.
  • Elo, R. A. & Sorvari, J. 2019. Impacts of forest clear felling on the oribatid mite fauna inhabiting Formica aquilonia nest mounds. – European Journal of Soil Biology 94: 102101.
  • Sorvari, J. 2019. Yellow does not improve the efficiency of traps for capturing wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). – European Journal of Entomology 116: 240-243.
  • Johansson, M., Saarni, S. & Sorvari, J. 2019. Ultra-high-resolution monitoring on catchment response to changing weather conditions using on-line sediment trapping. – Quaternary 2: 18 (16 pp.)
  • Kokkonen, A., Linnainmaa, M., Säämänen, A., Kanerva, T., Sorvari, J., Kolehmainen, M., Lappalainen, V. & Pasanen, P. 2019. Control of dust dispersion from an enclosed renovation site into adjacent areas by using local exhaust ventilation. – Annals of Work Exposures and Health 63(4): 468-479.
  • Suhonen, J., Ilvonen, J.J, Nyman, T. & Sorvari, J. 2019. Brood parasitism in eusocial insects (Hymenoptera): role of host geographic range size and phylogeny. - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374: 20180203 (12 pp.)
  • Carrasco Navarro, V. & Skaldina, O. 2019. Contamination Links Between Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems: the Neonicotinoid Case. In: Kesari, K. (Ed.) Networking of mutagens in Environmental Toxicology. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 145-157.
  • Skaldina, O. & Sorvari, J. 2019. Ecotoxicological effects of heavy metal pollution on economically important terrestrial insects. In: Kesari, K. (Ed.) Networking of mutagens in Environmental Toxicology, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 137-144.



  • Hakala, S.M., Seppä, P., Heikkilä, M., Punttila, P., Sorvari, J. & Helanterä, H. 2018. Genetic analysis reveals Finnish Formica fennica populations do not form a separate genetic entity from F. exsecta. – PeerJ 6:e6013

  • Kangassalo, K. Valtonen, T.M., Sorvari, J., Kecko, S., Pölkki, M., Krams, I., Krama T. & Rantala, M.J. 2018. Independent and interactive effects of immune activation and larval diet on adult immune function, growth and development in the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). – Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 1485-1497.

  • Härkönen, S. & Sorvari, J. 2018. Comparison of ant-associated beetle communities inhabiting mounds of forest-dwelling ants in forests and forest clearings. – Canadian Journal of Forest Research 48: 881-887.

  • Skaldina, O., Peräniemi, S. & Sorvari, J. 2018. Ants and their nests as indicators for industrial heavy metal contamination. – Environmental Pollution 240: 574-581.

  • Sorvari, J. 2018. Habitat preferences and spring temperature-related abundance of German Wasp Vespula germanica in its northern range. – Insect Conservation and Diversity 11: 363-369.

  • Elo, R. A., Penttinen, R. & Sorvari, J. 2018. Distribution of oribatid mites is moisture-related within red wood ant Formica polyctena nest mounds. – Applied Soil Ecology 124: 203-210.

  • Badejo, O., Skaldina, O. & Sorvari, J. 2018. Spatial and temporal variation in thermal melanism in aposematic common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) in Northern Europe. – Annales Zoologici Fennici 55: 67–78.

  • Sorvari, J. 2018. Wood ant assemblages of Formica rufa group on lake islands and in mainland woodland in Central Finland. – Entomologica Fennica 29: 21-29.



  • Ramula, S. & Sorvari, J. 2017. The invasive herb Lupinus polyphyllus attracts bumblebees but reduces total arthropod abundance. – Arthropod-Plant Interactions 11: 911-918.
  • Skaldina, O. & Sorvari, J. 2017. Not simply red: colouration of red wood ant Formica rufa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is polymorphic, modular and size-dependent. – European Journal of Entomology 114: 317-324.
  • Härkönen, S.K. & Sorvari, J. 2017. Effect of host species, host nest density and nest size on the occurrence of the shining guest ant Formicoxenus nitidulus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). – Journal of Insect Conservation 21: 477-485.
  • Sorvari, J. 2017. Acceptance of alien queens by the ruby ant Myrmica rubra (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): gene flow by queen flow. – European Journal of Entomology 114: 114: 230–234.
  • Skaldina, O. & Sorvari, J. 2017. Biomarkers of Ecotoxicological Effects in Social Insects. In: Kesari, K. (Ed.) Perspectives in Environmental Toxicology. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, p. 203-214. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-46248-6
  • Skaldina, O. & Sorvari, J. 2017. Wood ant colouration as an ecological indicator for the level of disturbance in managed coniferous forests. - Ecological Indicators 72: 444-451.



  • Suhonen, J., Rannikko, J. & Sorvari, J. 2016. Species richness of cuckoo bumblebees is determined by the geographical range area of the host bumblebee. – Insect Conservation and Diversity 9: 529-535.
  • Kangassalo, K., Kosonen, K., Pölkki, M., Sorvari, J., Krams, I. & Rantala, M. J. 2016. Immune challenge has a negative effect on cuticular darkness in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor. – Annales Zoologici Fennici 53: 255-262.
  • Sorvari, J., Elo, R. A. & Härkönen, S. K. 2016. Forest-built nest mounds of red wood ant Formica aquilonia are no good in clear fells. – Applied Soil Ecology 101: 101-106.
  • Elo, R.A., Penttinen, R. & Sorvari, J. 2016. A comparative study of oribatid mite communities in red wood ant Formica polyctena nests and surrounding soil in a Finnish oak forest. – Insect Conservation and Diversity 9: 210-223.
  • Frouz, J., Jílková, V. & Sorvari, J. 2016. Contribution of wood ants to nutrient cycling and ecosystem function. In: Stockan, J. A. and E. J. H. Robinson (Eds.). Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 207-220.
  • Sorvari, J. 2016. Wood ants: Threats, conservation and management. In: Stockan, J. A. and E. J. H. Robinson (Eds.). Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp.264-286.



  • Kangassalo, K., Valtonen, T. M., Roff, D., Pölkki, M., Dubovskiy, I. M., Sorvari, J. & Rantala, M. J. 2015. Intra- and trans-generational effects of larval diet on susceptibility to an entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, in the greater wax moth, Galleria mellonella. – Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1453-1464.
  • Suhonen, J., Rannikko, J. & Sorvari, J. 2015. The rarity of host species affects the co-extinction risk in socially parasitic bumblebee Bombus (Psithyrus) species. – Annales Zoologici Fennici 52: 236-242.
  • Haatanen M.-K., van Ooik, T. & Sorvari, J. 2015. Effects of overwintering temperature on the survival of the black garden ant Lasius niger. – Journal of Thermal Biology 49-50: 112-118.



  • Härkönen, S.K. & Sorvari, J. 2014. Species richness of associates of ants in the nests of red wood ant Formica polyctena. – Insect Conservation and Diversity 7: 485-495.
  • Vesterlund, S.-R., Kakko, M., Vasemägi, A. & Sorvari, J. 2014. Status and monitoring of the buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris Linnaeus (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Southern Finland. – Entomologica Fennica 25: 49-56.
  • Sorvari, J. Huhta, E. & Hakkarainen, H. 2014. Survival of transplanted nests of the red wood ant Formica aquilonia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): the effects of interspecific competition and forest clear-cutting. – Insect Science 21: 486-492.
  • Vesterlund S.-R., Lilley, T. M., van Ooik, T. & Sorvari, J. 2014. The effect of overwintering temperature on the body energy reserves and phenoloxidase activity of bumblebee Bombus lucorum queens. – Insectes Sociaux 61: 265-272.
  • Vesterlund, S.-R. & Sorvari, J. 2014. Longevity of starved bumblebee queens (Hymenoptera: Apidae) is shorter at high than low temperatures. – European Journal of Entomology 111: 217-220.
  • Vesterlund, S.-R., Sorvari, J. & Vasemägi, A. 2014. Molecular identification of cryptic bumblebee species from degraded samples using PCR-RFLP approach. – Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 122-126.



  • Sorvari, J. 2013. Social wasp (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) beer trapping in Finland 2008-2012: a German surprise. – Entomologica Fennica 24: 156-164.
  • Sorvari, J. 2013. Proximity to the forest edge affects the production of sexual offspring and colony survival in the red wood ant Formica aquilonia in forest clear-cuts. – Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 28: 451-455.
  • Haatanen, M.-K. & Sorvari, J. 2013. Similarity of body size in queens of the wood ant Formica aquilonia from optimal and sub-optimal habitats may indicate a strong heritable component. – Journal of Insect Science 13: article 115.



  • Sorvari, J., Härkönen, S.K. & Vesterinen E.J. 2012. First record of an indoor pest sawtoothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) from wild outdoor wood ant nest. – Entomologica Fennica 23: 69-71.
  • Sorvari, J. & Haatanen, M.-K. 2012. Aspartame-based sweetener as a strong ant poison: falsifying an urban legend? – Sociobiology 59: 343-350.