Erika Wallin


  • Professional title: Lecturer
  • Academic title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Department: Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE)
  • Telephone: +46 (0)10-1428491
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  • Room number: O221
  • Location: Sundsvall
  • Employee in the subject: Chemistry


Erika Wallin got her MSc in chemistry from Umeå University in 2008 and defended her doctoral thesis at Mid Sweden University in September 2014 titeled: The Scents of Nature: Identification and synthesis of bioactive molecules found in nature.

Area of interest

Chemical ecology with focus on identification an synthesis of natural products.


Her research is based on the identification and synthesis of possible insect pheromones. She has been working with insect species such as orchid bees, African butterflies, bed bugs, thrips and fruit flies.

Teaching and tutoring

Chemistry BA, Organic Chemistry
Chemistry MA, Organic Chemistry, Theory of Organic Synthesis
Chemistry 2, preparatory year


Articles in journals

Lindmark, M. , Wallin, E. A. & Jonsson, B. (2022). Protecting forest edges using trap logs – Limited effects of associated push-pull strategies targeting Ips typographus. Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 505    

Borrero-Echeverry, F. , Solum, M. , Trona, F. , Becher, P. G. , Wallin, E. A. , Bengtsson, M. , Witzgall, P. & Lebreton, S. (2022). The female sex pheromone (Z)-4-undecenal mediates flight attraction and courtship in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of insect physiology, vol. 137  

Schiestl, F. P. , Wallin, E. A. , Beck, J. J. , Friberg, M. & Thompson, J. N. (2021). Generalized olfactory detection of floral volatiles in the highly specialized Greya-Lithophragma nursery pollination system. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, vol. 15: 2, pp. 209-221.    

Wallin, E. A. , Kalinová, B. , Kindl, J. , Hedenström, E. & Valterová, I. (2020). Stereochemistry of two pheromonal components of the bumblebee wax moth, Aphomia sociella. Scientific Reports, vol. 10: 1    

Rahmani, R. , Wallin, E. , Viklund, L. , Schroeder, M. & Hedenström, E. (2019). Identification and Field Assay of Two Aggregation Pheromone Components Emitted by Males of the Bark Beetle Polygraphus punctifrons (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol. 45: 4, pp. 356-365.    

Becher, P. G. , Lebreton, S. , Wallin, E. , Hedenström, E. , Borrero, F. , Bengtsson, M. , Joerger, V. & Witzgall, P. (2018). The Scent of the Fly. Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol. 44: 5, pp. 431-435.    

Lebreton, S. , Borrer-Echeverry, F. , Gonzalez, F. , Solum, M. , Wallin, E. , Hedenström, E. , Hansson, B. S. , Gustavsson, A. & et al. (2017). A Drosophila female pheromone elicits species-specific long-range attraction via an olfactory channel with dual specificity for sex and food. BMC Biology, vol. 15: 1    

Hedenström, E. , Wallin, E. , Andersson, J. , Bång, J. , Wang, H. , Löfstedt, C. , Brattström, O. & Baquet, P. (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, vol. 41: 1, pp. 44-51.    

Wallin, E. , De Facci, M. , Anderbrant, O. & Hedenström, E. (2014). (Z)-3-Dodecenoic Acid Is the Main Component of Full-Body n-Hexane Extracts from Two Acacia Gall-Inducing Thrips (Thysanoptera) and May Function as an Alarm Pheromone. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C - A Journal of Biosciences, vol. 69C: 7-8, pp. 335-345.  

Nieberding, C. M. , Fischer, K. , Saastamoinen, M. , Allen, C. E. , Wallin, E. A. , Hedenström, E. & Brakefield, P. M. (2012). Cracking the olfactory code of a butterfly : the scent of ageing.. Ecology Letters, vol. 15: 5, pp. 415-424.  

Liedtke, H. C. , Åbjörnsson, K. , Harraca, V. , Knudsen, J. , Wallin, E. , Hedenström, E. & Ryne, C. (2011). Alarm pheromones and chemical communication in nymphs of the tropical bed bug Cimex hemipterus (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). PLOS ONE, vol. 6: 3, pp. e18156    

Eltz, T. , Hedenström, E. , Bång, J. , Wallin, E. A. & Andersson, J. (2010). (6R,10R)-6,10,14-Trimethylpentadecan-2-one, a Dominant and Behaviorally Active Component in Male Orchid Bee Fragrances. Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol. 36: 12, pp. 1322-1326.  

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Wallin, E. (2014). The Scents of Nature : Identification and Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds Used in Insect Communication. Dis. (Comprehensive summary) Sundsvall : Mittuniversitetet, 2014 (Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis : 200)  

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