Kaamos Symposium — Biology conference

Time: December Wed 12 – Thu 13, 2018
Place: University of Oulu, Linnanmaa Campus, L4 & Botanical gardens


Welcome to the 22nd Kaamos Symposium!

The Kaamos Symposium is an annual biology conference organized by the doctoral students of the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit at the University of Oulu. This year it is our pleasure to host scientists from across Europe, along with the most up to date research from our own unit. The presentations will cover a wide range of current issues in the field of biology. The symposium will be a great opportunity to hear interesting talks and discuss about diverse topics in the field of biology.

This year our keynote speakers are:

  • Prof. Dr. Marcel Visser from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology,
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Heikki Helanterä from the University of Oulu, and
  • Prof. Dr. Marja Tiirola from the University of Jyväskylä

We also welcome everyone to the evening party and poster session at botanical gardens on the second day of the symposium, December 13th

Cost and registration
The seminar is free of charge and open for all!

Doctoral students can get ECTS credits for attending and presenting in the symposium:
To gain credits, registration in Weboodi (750929J) for all doctoral students within the field of Biology or from other fields.

  • 2 cr: Oral presentation and attendance to the whole symposium
  • 2 cr: Organizing the symposium
  • 1,5 cr: Poster and attendance to the whole symposium
  • 1 cr: Attendance to the whole symposium

Bachelor and Master students can get ECTS credits for attending:
To gain credits, registration in Weboodi (750629S or 750329A) for all Bachelor and Master students within the field of Biology or from other fields:

  • 2 cr: Summary of five presentations and attendance to the whole symposium symposium; Summaries be sent to timo.muotka (at) oulu.fi.

    Further information


    Wednesday 12.12.2018
    Location: L4

    09:00 – 9:10     Opening words Prof. Jouni Aspi, University of Oulu

    Chair: Dr. Eva Kallio

    09:10 – 10:10 Keynote session
    Adapting to a warming world. Prof. Marcel Visser, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the Netherlands

    10:10 – 10:30 Coffee break

    10:30 – 10:50 Viivi Puoskari - Calving site criteria of wild forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus) in Kainuu population – Implications to conservation

    10:50 – 11:10 Jim-Lino Kämmerle - Fox hunting for conservation? Grouse, red fox populations and the effects of predator control

    11:10 – 11:30 Jannikke Räikkönen - Skeletal malformations and inbred wolf (Canis lupus) populations

    11:30 – 11:50 Jussi Jyväsjärvi – Fungal decomposer assemblages in stream bioassessment: a cross-taxon comparison

    11:50 – 13:00 Lunch break

    Chair: Dr. Fríða Jóhannesdóttir

    13:00 – 14:00 Keynote session
    The evolutionary dilemma of ant supercolonies. Associate Prof. Heikki Helanterä, University of Oulu

    14:00 – 14:20 Coffee break

    14:20 – 14:40 Johanna Honka – Over a thousand years of evolutionary history of domestic geese from Russian archaeological sites, analysed using ancient DNA

    14:40 – 15:00 Matti Heino - Ancient DNA provides insights into the population history of the reindeer

    15:00 – 15:20 Jaakko Tyrmi - Discovering genetic diversity and molecular basis of local adaptation of Scots pine

    15:20 – 15:40 Emmi Alakärppä -Variable DNA methylation and gene expression in Scots pine adaptation

    Thursday 13.12.2018
    Location: L4

    09:00 – 9:10     Opening words

    Chair: Prof. Dr. Phillip C. Watts

    09:10 – 10:10 Keynote session
    Toolbox for studying microbial metaphenomics. Prof. Marja Tiirola, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

    10:10 – 10:30 Coffee break

    10:30 – 10:50 Kaisa Lehosmaa - Arctic plants and microbes in purification processes

    10:50 – 11:10 Katharina Kujala - Little helpers – Microorganisms in the passive treatment of mining-affected waters in Northern peatlands

    11:10 – 11:30 Nga Nguyen - Transcriptional changes during bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus l.) fruit ripening – focus in analyses of the high throughput sequencing data

    11:30 – 11:50 Jaana Jurvansuu - Rest in pee: corpse management of the invasive Argentine ant inhibits growth of pathogenic fungi

    11:50 – 13:00 Lunch break

    Chair: Dr. Seppo Rytkönen

    13:00 – 14:20 Invited session

    13:00 – 13:40 Plant biodiversity losses in the Anthropocene: evidence for underlying mechanisms, Dr. Risto Virtanen, University of Oulu / German center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig, Germany

    13:40 – 14:20 Parental care in the context of intra- and interspecific interactions, Dr. Topi Lehtonen, University of Oulu / Monash University, Victoria, Australia

    14:20 – 14:40 Coffee break

    14:40 – 15:00 Sanja Hakala - How to treat a daughter who refuses to leave the nest?

    15:00 – 15:20 Niina Nurmi - The tolerant chimpanzee - quantifying costs and benefits of sociality in wild female bonobos (Pan paniscus).

    15:20 – 15:40 Maria Rajakallio - Diving into murky waters – studying brownification effects on communities in headwater streams

    15:40 – 16:00 Nico Alioravainen - Fisheries-induced selection on brown trout behaviour

    16:00 – 16:10  Closing words

    18:00 –     Conference party and poster session at the new Botanical gardens


    Co-funded by the Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme

    Last updated: 12.12.2018