Dr. Elina (Eleni Elda) Takola

Postdoctoral researcher

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Dr. Elina Takola
Postdoctoral researcher

Department of Computational Landscape Ecology
für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig



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CV / Scientific Career

2022 - present

Postdoctoral researcher in UFZ

2016 - 2018

Master student in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

MSc Thesis: “Herpetofauna-habitat relationships in the suburban forest of Thessaloniki”

2010 - 2016

Bachelor student in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

BSc thesis: Population structure and morphometric traits of Hermann’s (Testudo hermanni) and spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) in the suburban forest of Thessaloniki

Teaching experience

April-July 2020 &
April-July 2022
Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
Course Assistant
PI: Prof. Holger Schielzeth
• Einflussreiche Publikationen in der Ökologie /
Classic Papers in Ecology (MEES021/E16)
November 2021 – January 2022 &
November 2022 – January 2023
Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
Course Assistant
PI: Prof. Stefan Halle
• Ecological Concepts 1: Current Fields of Ecological Research (E15)
November – December 2021 Max Planck for Evolutionary Anthropology/University of Leipzig
Practical Course Assistant
PI: Prof. Anja Widdig
• "Module 11-BIO-0804: Primate Behavioral Ecology"
October 2021 &
October 2022
Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
Course Assistant
PI: Prof. Holger Schielzeth
• Praktikum Evolutionsbiologie (BB006)
(Lehrpreis 2022 der Universität Jena / Teaching award by University of Jena)
November 2020 Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena
Graduate Academy (Qualification Programme)
Meta-analysis course

Research interests / Credo

I use meta-analyses and evidence syntheses to examine the relationships between organisms and their environment. My research focuses on exploring the impact of landscape heterogeneity on spatial dynamics of species and how this ultimately affects biodiversity patterns. In addition, I am interested in unveiling how landscape heterogeneity affects the effectiveness of conservation measures.

I am a strong advocate of open science practices and an active member of the Society for Open Reliable Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology-SORTEE (member of the conference committee since 2021). My research is committed to promoting inclusion, accessibility and interdisciplinarity, while renouncing helicopter research and scientific misconduct.

Invited Talks

  • “Hutchinson’s ecological niche for individuals”, talk on the 11th Jan. 2022 in N. Dingemanse’s Lab (University of Munich).
  • “NC³ - Individualized niches; theory and practices”, talk on the 05th of April 2022 in the Symposium InChangE, NC3 and JICE (Bielefeld University).
  • Multiple talks in the regular Seminar of the Animal Behaviour group in the University of Bielefeld.


Takola, E., Schielzeth, H. (2022). Hutchinson’s ecological niche for individuals. Biology & Philosophy, 37, 25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-022-09849-y

Trappes, R., Nematipour, B., Kaiser, M. I., Krohs, U., van Benthem, K. J., Ernst, U. R., Gadau, J., Korsten, P., Kurtz, J., Schielzeth, H., Schmoll, T., Takola, E. (2022). How Individualized Niches Arise: Defining Mechanisms of Niche Construction, Niche Choice and Niche Conformance. BioScience, 2022;, biac023, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biac023

Takola, E., Krause, E., Müller, C., & Schielzeth, H. (2021). Novelty at second glance: a critical appraisal of the novel object paradigm based on meta-analysis. Animal Behaviour, 180, 123-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.07.018

Moran, N., Caspers, B., Chakarov, N., Ernst, U., Fricke, C., Kurtz, J., Lilie, N., Ka Lo, L., Müller, C., R, R., Takola, E., Trimmer, P., van Benthem, K., Winternitz, J. & Wittmann, M. (2021). Shifts between cooperation and antagonism driven by individual variation: a systematic synthesis review. Oikos. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.08201