The Spring Symposium is organized by doctoral students from the Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research (Finnish acronym LUOVA) of the University of Helsinki. The symposium brings together students active in research fields related to ecology, evolution, systematics and nature conservation .

Doctoral students are invited to submit an abstract for oral presentation and we also encourage Master’s students to participate with a poster.


The winners!

Olli’s price for best oral presentation
Christina Elgert, LUOVA
Reproduction under light pollution: maladaptive responses to artificial light in a glow-worm

Second best oral presentation
Mikko Kivikoski, LUOVA
Are you related to your siblings – check your crossovers

Third best oral presentation
Pinja Näkki, LUOVA
The effects of tire rubber particles on the Baltic clam (Limecola balthica)

Best poster
Elisa Nygård, EEB
Do hybrid wood ants have a fitness advantage due to better temperature tolerance?

Keynote speakers and evaluators

Dr Susan Johnston
Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.Susan is a Royal Society University Research Fellow using genomics to understand evolutionary puzzles in natural populations. At present, her main interests are the evolution of recombination rate variation and understanding the genetic architecture of ongoing sexual conflict.

More information: Personal website

Dr Dr Hanna Kokko
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland.Her research focus is on evolutionary ecology of sexual and asexual reproduction, analysis and management of animal populations, evolution of reproductive and social strategies, sustainability science.

More information: Personal website

Dr Tanja Pyhäjärvi
University of Oulu, Finland.She is an Academy Research Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Genetics. Her research group works on evolutionary genetics and are interested in various aspects of population genetics and molecular evolution. Genetic basis of environmental adaptation, haploid life stage evolution and effects of natural selection on molecular variation are in our focus. They  mostly work with plants: Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine), Arabidopsis lyrata and Betula pendula (Silver Birch).

More information: Personal website

Dr Jane Reid
Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, and at the University of Aberdeen, United KingdomMy research aim is to understand the genetic and environmental causes of variation in individual life-histories, and to understand the consequences of such variation for population and evolutionary dynamics. I achieve these aims by applying sophisticated statistical, quantitative genetic and molecular genetic analyses to long-term data from wild populations, coupled with mathematical and simulation modelling, and thereby develop and test ecological and evolutionary theory. At present, my main interests are in mating system evolution (especially inbreeding and polyandry) and eco-evolutionary dynamics driven by seasonal migration.

More information: Personal website

Logo competition winner

We have chosen the winner of the logo competition and we are pleased to announce that Meri Lähteenaro’s design was chosen as the logo winner. Congratulations Meri! Great job! You can find more of her art at her website.

Spring Symposium Logo
About Meri:

Master’s programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, currently working as a project researcher in the Finnish Barcode of Life project.