Kaamos symposium 2019

Time: December 11– 12, 2019, starting at 9:00
Place: Business Kitchen, Tellus Arena, Linnanmaa Campus & Botanical Gardens, University of Oulu

Doctoral students from Ecology and Genetics Unit at University of Oulu organize annually a conference to discuss current research topics in biology and environmental sciences. The conference includes two days of oral presentations and an evening party with a poster session at the Botanical gardens of University of Oulu.  This year we have also organized a separate course for doctoral students  on December 13; more information in the course web page.

Every year we have guest speakers from Finland and abroad, and this year we have the honor to host prof. Olivier Hardy from Université libre de Bruxelles and prof. Otso Ovaskainen from University of Helsinki.

Fees and registration
Attendance is free for everyone. Please feel free to attend the whole symposium or any of the talks you find interesting!

Contacts and more information
If you have any further questions, please contact us at Kaamos2019@unioulu.oulu.fi

Symposium poster
The updated symposium poster is in this link as a pdf-file. Please feel free to distribute it.

Bachelor’s and master’s students can get 2 ECTS credits for attending, by:

  1. Registering in Weboodi (750629S for Master’s and 750629A for Bachelor’s students)
  2. Attending the whole symposium
  3. Sending a summary of 5 talks to timo.muotka(at)oulu.fi

Ph.D. students who register in Weboodi (750929J) can get:

  • 0.5 ECTS credits by attending the whole symposium (considered as attendance of scientific seminars according to UniOGS recommendations: https://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/recommendations_of_ects)
  • 2 ECTS credits for an oral presentation and attendance of the whole symposium

Kaamos Symposium Abstract book

The abstract book for Kaamos Symposium 2019 has been published. Please find the abstract book in this link as a pdf-file.


Wednesday, 11.12.2019
Location: Business Kitchen, Tellus Arena

Morning session 

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Heikki Helanterä 

09:00 – 09:10  Opening words, Prof. Jouni Aspi 

09:10 – 10:10  Keynote I:
The phylogeographic structure of tropical plant communities and populations, Prof. Olivier Hardy, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

10:10 – 10:30  Coffee break 

10:30 – 11:10  Genomics of conifer reproductive system peculiarities, Dr. Tanja Pyhäjärvi

11:10 – 11:30  Phylogenetic relatedness predicts disease pressure, Dr. Yingying Wang

11:30 – 11:50  Dispersal - genetic detection and fitness consequences, Dr. Alina Niskanen

11:50 – 13:00  Lunch break 

Afternoon session

Chair: Dr. Seppo Rytkönen 

13:00 – 13:40  Streamside forests: importance, pressures and conservation, Dr. Mari Tolkkinen, SYKE

13:40 – 14:00  Why is understanding biodiversity – geodiversity relationship important? Evidence from freshwaters, Maija Toivanen 

14:00 – 14:20  Arctic water cycle forensics – the case of northern freshwater ecosystems, Dr. Kaisa Mustonen

14:20 – 14:40  Coffee break 

14:40 – 15:00  Contrasting body-size shifts in urban communities, Dr. Thomas Merckx

15:00 – 15:20  Comparative analysis of larval growth in Lepidoptera reveals instar-level constraints, Dr. Sami Kivelä

15:20 – 15:40  Svalbard reindeer winter diets: interannual variation and long-term changes, Tamara Hiltunen

Thursday, 12.12.2019
Location: Business Kitchen, Tellus Arena

Morning session 

Chair: Dr. Sami Kivelä 

09:00 – 9:10  Opening words, Ilze Brila 

09:10 – 10:10  Keynote II:
How to make more out of community data with joint species distribution modelling? Prof. Otso Ovaskainen, University of Helsinki, Finland

10:10 – 10:30  Coffee break 

10:30 – 11:10  Interaction between Scots pine and endosymbiotic bacterium: Benefits for humans? Dr. Anna Maria Pirttilä

11:10 – 11:30  Scalable Nonparametric Pre-screening Method for Searching Higher-Order Genetic Interactions Underlying Quantitative Traits, Juho Kontio

11:30 – 11:50  Quantitative genetics of lodgepole pine wood quality traits, Dr. Haleh Hayatgheibi, Luke & Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

11:50 – 13:00  Lunch break 

Afternoon session

Chair: Dr. Laura Kvist 

13:00 – 13:40  Management plan for the Finnish wolf population, Prof. Ilpo Kojola, Luke

13:40 – 14:00  Rapid discrimination of wolves, dogs and their recent hybrids using a panel of diagnostics SNPs, Jenni Harmoinen 

14:00 – 14:20  Wolverine population genetics, Gerhardus Lansink

14:20 – 14:40  Coffee break 

14:40 – 15:00  Functional features of aquatic plant communities and driving factors over a 70-year period, Marja Lindholm

15:00 – 15:20  What about Rudolph? Identifying castrated reindeer bones to trace reindeer domestication in Fennoscandia, Mathilde van den Berg

15:20 – 15:30  Closing words, Ilze Brila

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18:00 – 23:00  Evening party and poster session at the University of Oulu Botanical gardens


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Co-funded by the Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme

Last updated: 9.12.2019