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Dr Camilla Lauren-Maatta

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biosciences


Teaching Biography

My main teaching aims are to provide innovative and accessible teaching and to support Biology and Natural Sciences undergraduates throughout their studies. To achieve this, I have developed a range of practical and fieldwork activities designed to inspire students and develop their understanding of ecological and evolutionary biology concepts and research methods. I have also developed the Level 3 modules Biology into Schools and Public Engagement in Biosciences with the aim to improve students’ skills in communicating science content to a wider audience. In addition, I teach statistics at Level 1, incorporating workshops and practical activities into my teaching to make sure that students can apply their knowledge in a practical context.

Research Biography

My past research includes studying rocky-shore interactions, impacts of fish farming on the benthic fauna, life history and population dynamics of Daphnia exposed to toxic cyanobacteria and mutation-accumulation and body-size mutants of C.elegans.

Outreach and external links

I am an active member of the Durham Wildlife Trust Botany group and a member of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Previously, I have worked as a field teacher for the RSPB over many years.


Azevedo, R. B. R., Keightley, P. D., Laurén-Määttä, C., Vassilieva, L. L., Lynch, M., & Leroi, A. M. (2002). Spontaneous mutational variation for body size in Caenorhabditis elegans. Genetics, 162(2).

Hietala, J., Laurén-Määttä, C., & Walls, M. (1997). Life history responses of Daphnia clones to toxic Microcystis at different food levels. Journal of Plankton Research, 19(7).

Hietala, J., Laurén-Määttä, C., & Walls, M. (1997). Sensitivity of Daphnia to toxic cyanobacteria: Effects of genotype and temperature. Freshwater Biology, 37(2).

Laurén-Määttä, C., Hietala, J., Reinikainen, M., & Walls, M. (1995). Do Microcystis aeruginosa toxins accumulate in the food web: a laboratory study. Hydrobiologia, 304(1).

Laurén-Määttä, C., Hietala, J., & Walls, M. (1997). Responses of Daphnia pulex populations to toxic cyanobacteria. Freshwater Biology, 37(3).

Laurén-Määttä, C., Kleiven, O., & Kiviranta, J. (1997). Horizontal distribution of Daphnia pulex in response to toxic and non-toxic algal extracts. Journal of Plankton Research, 19(1).

Walls, M., Laurén-Määttä, C., Ketola, M., Ohra-Aho, P., Reinikainen, M., & Repka, S. (1997). Phenotypic plasticity of Daphnia life history traits: The roles of predation, food level and toxic cyanobacteria. Freshwater Biology, 38(2).