Bicyclus.se
OSKAR BRATTSTRÖM

Research Themes

Taxonomy +

Bridging classic taxonomy with modern ecology. Not only classifying and describing diveristy, but asking why we have it, and why we sometimes don't...

Interactions

Courtship, conflicts and co-operations, you name it. When the sexes interact it's got to be interesting!

Biogeography

Why are some species widespread when others stay at home, how and why did they get to where they are now?

Ongoing projects

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Taxonomy of bicyclus

Many shades of brown

Sex Pheromones

Rapid evolution

Androconia

Gain and loss of traits

Male Genitalia

Shapes & functions

Curatorial work

Digging in the archives

Fieldwork

Collecting & Monitoring

ABOUT ME

  • 2002-2007

    PhD at Lund University

    I started my research career at Lund University in Sweden studying the migration ecology of Red Admirals.

  • 2008

    Getting my boots properly dirty

    After a first visit to Nigeria in 2005 I was determined to get more African field experience. 2008 was largely spent conducting intensive fieldwork for future projects.

  • 2009-2010

    Leiden University

    Supported by a Wenner-Gren Foundation post-doc grant I made use of my African experience in Paul Brakefield's lab focussing on pheromone evolution in Bicyclus butterflies.

  • 2011-now

    Cambridge Univeristy

    Working in the Radiating Butterflies lab in Cambridge I expanded my research on the Bicyclus system to the larger subtribe Mycalesina.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Aduse-Poku, K., Brakefield, P.M., Wahlberg, N. & Brattström, O. (In Press) Expanded molecular phylogeny of the genus Bicyclus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) shows the importance of increased sampling for detecting semi-cryptic species and highlights potentials for future studies. Systematics and Biodiversity.

Sáfián, S., Pyrcz, T. & Brattström, O. (In press) Description of two new species of Bebearia from western Nigeria (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Limenitinae). Zootaxa.

Bacquet, P.M.B., de Jong, M.A., Brattström, O.,  Wang, H-L., Molleman, F., Heuskin, S., Lognay, G., Löfstedt, C., Brakefield, P.M., Vanderpoorten, A. & Nieberding, C.M. 2016. Differentiation in putative male sex pheromone components across and within populations of the African butterfly Bicyclus anynana as a potential driver of reproductive isolation. Ecology and Evolution, 6(17), 6064-6084. PDF

van Velzen, R., Collins, S.C., Brattström, O.,  & Congdon, T.C.E. 2016. Description of a new Cymothoe Hübner, 1819 from northern Mozambique (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Limenitidinae). Metamorphosis, 27: 34-41. PDF

Aduse-Poku, K., Lees, D.C., Brattström, O., Kodandaramaiah, U., Collins, S.C., Wahlberg, N. & Brakefield, P.M. 2016. Molecular phylogeny and generic-level taxonomy of the widespread palaeotropical 'Heteropsis clade' (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Mycalesina). Systematic Entomology, 41(4), 717-731. doi: 10.1111/syen.12183

van Bergen, E., Barlow, H., Brattström, O., Griffiths, H., Kodandaramaiah, U., Osborne, C. & Brakefield, P.M. 2016. The stable isotope ecology of mycalesine butterflies: implications for plant-insect co-evolution. Functional Ecology. (Online early, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12673).

Timmermans, M.J., Lees, D.C., Thompson, M.J., Sáfián, S. & Brattström, O. 2016. Mitogenomics of 'Old World Acraea' butterflies reveals a highly divergent 'Bematistes'. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 97, 233-241. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.12.009

Brattström, O., Aduse-Poku, K., Collins, S.C., Di Micco de Santo, T. & Brakefield, P.M. 2016. Revision of the Bicyclus sciathis species group (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) with descriptions of four new species and corrected distributional records. Systematic Entomology, 41(1), 207-228. PDF

Brattström, O., Aduse-Poku, K., Collins, S.C. & Brakefield, P.M. 2015. Revision of the Bicyclus ignobilis species-group (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) with descriptions of two new species. Zootaxa, 4018(1), 57-79. PDF

Aduse-Poku, K., Brattström, O., Kodandaramaiah, U., Lees, D.C., Brakefield, P.M. & Wahlberg, N. 2015. Systematics and historical biogeography of the Old World butterfly subtribe Mycalesina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). BMC Evol Biol, 15: 167. PDF

Tropek, R., Leština, D., Janšta, P., Brattström, O., Espeland, M. & Sáfián, Sz. 2015. First records of Hypolycaena anara  Larsen, 1986 from Cameroon (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). SHILAP Revta. lepid., 43(170), 235-239. PDF

Bacquet, P.M.B*., Brattström, O*.,  Wang, H-L., Allen, C.E., Löfstedt, C., Brakefield, P.M. & Nieberding, C.M. 2015. Selection on male sex pheromone composition contributes to butterfly reproductive isolation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20142734. (* co-first authors) PDF PDF

Hedenström, E., Wallin, E.A., Andersson, J., Bång, J., Wang, H-L, Löfstedt, C., Brattström, O. & Bacquet, P.M.B. 2015. Stereoisomeric Analysis of 6,10,14-Trimethylpentadecan-2-ol and the Corresponding Ketone in Wing Extracts from African Bicyclus Butterfly Species. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 41(1), 44-51. PDF PDF

Brattström, O., Mey, W., de Vos, R. & P.M. Brakefield. 2014. A century old mistake set right, the identities of Mydosama marginata and Mydosama pitana pinned down. Tropical Lepidoptera Research, 24(2), 96-101. PDF

Wang, H-L., Brattström, O., Brakefield, P.M., Francke, W. & Löfstedt, C. 2014. Identification and biosynthesis of novel male specific esters in the wings of the tropical butterfly, Bicyclus martius sanaos. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 40(6), 549-559. PDF PDF

Oostra, V., Brakefield, P.M., Hiltemann, Y., Zwaan, B.J. & Brattström, O. 2014. On the fate of seasonally plastic traits in a rainforest butterfly under relaxed selection. Ecology and Evolution, 4(13), 2654-2667. PDF

Brattström, O. 2012. Bicyclus brakefieldi (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae), a new species of Bicyclus from the Congo River basin. Tropical Lepidoptera, 22, 62-65. PDF

Nazari, V., Larsen, T.B., Lees, D.C., Brattström, O., Bouyer, T., Van de Poel, G. & Hebert, P.D.N. 2011. Phylogenetic systematics of Colotis and associated genera (Lepidoptera: Pieridae): evolutionary and taxonomic implications. Journal of Systematic Evolutionary Research, 49, 204-215. PDF

Brattström, O., Åkesson, S. & Bensch, S. 2010. AFLP reveals cryptic population structure in European red admirals (Vanessa atalanta). Ecological Entomology, 35, 248-252. PDF

Brattström, O., Bensch, S., Wassenaar, L.I., Hobson, K.A. & Åkesson, S. 2010. Understanding migration ecology of European red admirals (Vanessa atalanta) using stable hydrogen isotopes. Ecography, 33, 720-729. PDF

Brattström, O., Wassenaar, L. I., Hobson, K. A. & Åkesson, S. 2008. Placing butterflies on the map – testing the regional geographical resolution of three stable isotopes in Sweden using a monofagus Nymphalid, the Peacock (Inachis io). Ecography, 31, 490-498. PDF

Brattström, O., Kjellén, N., Alerstam, T. & Åkesson, S. 2008. Effects of wind and weather on red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) migration at a coastal site in southern Sweden. Animal Behaviour, 76, 335-344. PDF

Brattström, O. 2006. Is there seasonal variation in size and mass of Red Admirals Vanessa atalanta on Capri, Italy? Ornis Svecica. 16, 69-73. PDF

 

Other Publications

Brattström, O. 2010. Butterflies at Sapo National Park. Report for Liberia Forestry Development Authority and FFI International. PDF

Brattström, O. 2010. Butterflies of Yankari. Report for APLORI/Bauchi State Nigeria. PDF

Brattström, O. 2009. Butterflies at Afi Mountains Wildlife Sanctuary. Report for Cross River State Forestry Commission. PDF

Brattström, O. 2009. Butterflies in Ologbo Forest. Report for Presco Plc, Nigeria. PDF

Brattström, O. 2008. Results from a butterfly survey around Bashu, Southern Okwangwo Division of Cross River National Park, Nigeria. Report for Cross River State Forestry Commission. PDF

Brattström, O. 2007. Ecology of red admiral migration. Doctoral thesis, Lund University, Sweden. (ISBN: 978-91-7105-259-9). PDF

Resources

Downloads

Bicyclus anynana - image pack: High resolution photos of the dry and wet season morphs of Bicyclus anynana. Primarily aimed for scientific presentations, papers and press releases. These images are freely available for non-commercial use. For ANY other use you must first contact me for approval! Details about the photographs and how to properly acknowledge the photographers are provided in the pack.

Friends & Collaborators

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Lepidoptera phylogenetics

Patrícia Beldade

Developmenal genetics

Ulf Ottosson

African field ecology

Marjo Saastamoinen

Life-history evolution

Freerk Molleman

African field ecology

Anne Duplouy

Evolution of symbionts

Christer Löfstedt

Chemical Ecology

Hong-Lei Wang

Chemical Ecology

Christopher Wheat

Ecological genomics

Hugo A. Benítez

Morphological diversification