Tommi Mononen


Description of research and teaching

I got my PhD degree in computer science in January 2010. The main target was to develop computationally efficient methods for the normalized maximum likelihood (NML) model selection criterion, which can be used to select the best statistical model for a given observed data set. To gain the maximum computational efficiency, computation methods must be specifically tailored for each individual model family. In the PhD thesis I developed methods that are suitable for simple Bayesian networks.

I joined the Metapopulation Research Group (MRG) in March 2009. I took part in developing theoretical models for metapopulation research (in collaboration with Professor Ilkka Hanski). The developed models were then fitted to empirical observations and the results revealed the new relevant information of existing metapopulations and their dynamics.

I spent four years at Aalto University (2012-2015). During the first two years, I investigated the validity of singular statistical model selection criteria for the Gaussian process framework and during the latter two years, I investigated the relationship of two brain imaging methods (MEG and fMRI).

I joined MRC for the second time in the beginning of 2016 for continuing to do research with spatio-temporal models, this time, in the host-pathogen framework (in collaboration with Lasse Ruokolainen).


Latest publications

  1. Increasing frequency of low summer precipitation synchronizes dynamics and compromises metapopulation stability in the Glanville fritillary butterfly

    Tack, A. J. M., Mononen, T. J. M. & Hanski, I. A. 7 May 2015 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences. 282, 1806, 8 p., 20150173

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Ecological and evolutionary effects of fragmentation on infectious disease dynamics

    Jousimo, J., Tack, A. J. M., Ovaskainen, O., Mononen, T., Susi, H., Tollenaere, C. M. J. & Laine, A-L. 13 Jun 2014 In : Science. 344, 6189, p. 1289-1293 5 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Evolution of Camouflage Drives Rapid Ecological Change in an Insect Community

    Farkas, T. E., Mononen, T., Comeault, A. A., Hanski, I. & Nosil, P. 2013 In : Current Biology. 23, 19, p. 1835-1843 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Biomathematics Day 16

    Tommi Mononen (Speaker: Presenter), 11 May 2016

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsPublic Talks

  2. MPDE’16 Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology

    Tommi Mononen (Speaker: Presenter), 5 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsPublic Talks

  3. Field-work visit to California

    Tommi Mononen (Visiting researcher), 20 Mar 20114 Apr 2011

    Activity: International Mobility: VisitsAcademic visit to other institution

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PhD (Computer Science)

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