PhD thesis topics for admission 2023/2024

Environmental Sciences and Applied Biology:

Olavi Kurina, Heli Kirik

Artificial and seminatural communities as habitats and contact points between blood-feeding insects (Arthropoda: Diptera) and their hosts

Mark J. McCarthy

Determining the role of microbial nitrogen cycling (internal nitrogen loading) on phytoplankton community structure and cyanobacterial blooms in lakes Veisjärv and Kaiavere, Estonia

Ülo Niinemets

Tree abiotic stress tolerance, size and longevity as key determinants of performance of forests under global change

Anton Shkaruba

Ecosystem disservices in cultural landscapes: evaluation, monitoring and integration to spatial planning

Monika Suškevičs

Citizen Science participation models in Estonia and their potential to support environmental decision-making

Tiina Tosens, Ülo Niinemets

The variability of mesophyll conducatance in modern and ancient environments



Diana Laarmann, John A. Stanturf, Eneli Põldveer

Can novel forest ecosystems be managed to contribute to the goal of the Green Deal?

Sandra Metslaid

Wood formation in Scots pine, Norway spruce and Birch spp. in relation to environmental conditions


Agricultural Sciences:

Kaire Loit, Mati Koppel

Potential strategies for predicting cereal disease epidemics in cereals

Indrek Melts, Ants-Hannes Viira, Mohan Geetha

Integrated models and approaches of environment, social and economy for the sustainable management of semi-natural grasslands and their ecosystem services in Estonia and Japan

Lilian Pukk, Anti Vasemägi

Using environmental DNA and population genetics to understand the distribution and ecology of dangerous fish parasite and its invertebrate host

Merrit Shanskiy, Annely Kuu, Jordi Escuer Gatius

Estimating the soil functioning through some soil biota indicators and sequestered C in different soil management systems

Tiina Tosens, Ülo Niinemets

Adaptation of photosynthetic nitrogen, water and light use efficiency of C3 and C4 crops within the canopy light gradient: the example of Triticum aestivum and Zea mays

Eve Veromann, Kristof De Schutter

Potential of dsRNA for weevil pests (Ceuthorhynchus) of oilseed rape

Tiina Tosens, Ülo Niinemets

Impact of Gall-Forming Insects on agricultural and forests productivity


Engineering Sciences:

Timo Kikas, Tharaka Rama Krishna Chowdary Doddapaneni 

Levoglucosan-to-biochemicals: production, separation and microbial valorisation

Jüri Olt, Kallol Roy

Cultivated Plant Sensing: Artifical Intelligence for Precision Agricultural in Dynamic Environment

Timo Kikas

Influence of pretreatment method on the production of lignocellulosic inhibitors

Eugen Kokin, Protima Rauwel

Development of a practical data management system based on embedded sensors data for improved production environment management and decision traceability at dairy farms


Veterinary Medicine and Food Science:

Radu Ionescu, Marilin Ivask

Volatolomic studies for viable in vitro produced embryo selection in bovine

Suranga P. Kodithuwakku, Alireza Fazeli

Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived Extracellular Vesicles Based Targeted Therapy for Bovine Endometritis

Alireza Fazeli, Suranga P. Kodithuwakku

Development of Milk Extracellular vesicles for therapeutic applications