Thursday seminar in biology

University of Oulu

Thursday seminar in biology


Spring 2018


Tue 9.1.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Dr. Panu Halme (University of Jyväskylä)
"Wood-inhabiting fungi in fragmented landscapes"
Host Annu Ruotsalainen


Thu 18.1.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Dr. Justus Reunanen (University of Oulu, Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit)
"Turning poo into diamonds"
Host Tanja Pyhäjärvi


Thu 25.1.2018, 12.15-13.00 L6
Dr. Elia Gatto (University of Padova)

"Comparative studies on numerical abilities in amphibians and invertebrates"
Host Olli Loukola 


Thu 1.2.2018, 12.15-13.00 L5
Dr. Vlad Dinca (University of Oulu)
"Leptidea Wood White butterflies as an emerging model to study speciation"
Host Marko Mutanen


Thu 15.2.2018, 12.15-13.00 L5
Dr. Sari Timonen (University of Helsinki, Dept. Microbiology)
"Archaea and bacteria in boreal forest mycorrhizospheres"
Host Annamari Markkola


Thu 22.2.2018, 12.15-13.00 L6
Dr. Yeserin Yildirim  (Linnaeus University, Kalmar)

"Searching for genetic signatures of adaptive traits"
Host Marko Mutanen  


Thu 1.3.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Dr. Katharina Kujala (University of Oulu, Water resources and environmental engineering)
"Little helpers - Role of microorganisms in passive treatment of mining-affected waters"
Host Piippa Wäli


Thu 15.3.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Prof. Kesara Anamthawat-Jonsson (University of Iceland, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences)
"Introgressive hybridisation in Icelandic birch"
Host Annamari Markkola 


Thu 22.3.2018, 12.15-13.00 L6
Dr. Luke Thompson (NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center)
"The Earth Microbiome Project: revealing global patterns of microbial distribution"
Host Phill Watts


Thu 19.4.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Dr. Anna-Kaisa Salmi (University of Oulu, Archeology)
"On human-reindeer histories"
Host Tanja Pyhäjärvi


Thu 26.4.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Prof. Christopher Swan (University of Maryland, Baltimore)
"Analyzing and modelling of decomposition processes in rivers"
Host Timo Muotka


Thu 3.5.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Prof. Laura Jaakola (University of Tromsø)
"Fine-tuning colouring - Environmental regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in plants"
Host Anna-Maria Pirttilä


Fri 4.5.2018, 10.15-11.00 HU106
Dr. Øystein Flagstad (Norsk Institutt för Naturforskning,Trondheim)
"Population origin, inbreeding depression and genetic rescue in the Scandinavian wolf population"
Host Jouni Aspi


Thu 17.5.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Dr. Damien Farine (Max Planck Institute, University of Oxford)
"Simple rules and complex consequences in anima societies"
Host Jukka Forsman 

Wed 23.5.2018, 12.15-13.00 HU106
Prof. Pär Ingvarsson (Univ. Agricultural Science, Uppsala)
"A major locus controls local adaptation and adaptive life history variation in European aspen"
Host Outi Savolainen 



Autumn 2017


Thu 21.9.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Dr. Jonna Kulmuni (Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki)

" Ants can help to unravel the mystery of speciation "

Host Lumi Viljakainen


Thu 5.10.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Dr. Olli Loukola (University of Oulu)

"Social spread of complex behaviour in an insect"

Host Jukka Forsman


Thu 19.10.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Dr. Satu Räsänen, free lance science journalist and educator

" Pitching, briefing, blogging - spread your research, scientist! " 

Host Annamari Markkola


Thu 2.11.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Dr. Nader Aryamanesh (University of Oulu)

"Methylome and transcriptome analysis of locally adapted Arabidopsis lyrata populations"

Host Helmi Kuittinen


Thu 9.11.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Prof. Peter Tiffin (University of Minnesota)

" Genomics of phenotypic variation and adaptation: insights from a model legume and bacterial symbiont "

Host Outi Savolainen


Thu 16.11.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Dr. Petri Auvinen (Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki)

"Insight to Saimaa ringed seal genome"

Host Jouni Aspi


Thu 30.11.2017, 12.15-13.00 HU106

Dr. Eva Kallio (University of Oulu)

"Voles and diseases – ecology of zoonotic pathogens in Finland"

Host Jukka Forsman


Thu 7.12.2017, 12.15-13.00 IT116

Dr. Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte (University of Barcelona)

"Investigating the 'smaller majority’ in the rainforest of the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania"

Host Seppo Rytkönen



Spring 2017


Thu 26.1.2017, 12.15-13.00 PR174

Dr Soile Jokipii-Lukkari (University of Oulu)

"Transcriptional roadmap to wood formation in Norway spruce"

Host Hely Häggman/Anna-Maria Pirttilä


Thu 16.2.2017, 12.15-13.00 FY1120

Dr Pasi Rautio (Natural Resources Institute Finland)

"Food selection by herbivores and neighbourhood effects in the evolution for plant defences and directing plant community structure"

Host Karita Saravesi


Thu 23.2.2017, 12.15-13.00 PR119

Dr Jukka-Pekka Verta (Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society)

"The evolving transcriptome - genome-wide gene expression as a quantitative and adaptive trait"

Host Tanja Pyhäjärvi


Thu 16.3.2017, 12.15-13.00 L7

Dr Spiros Papakostas (University of Turku)

"A gene's mRNA level does not always predict its protein level: lessons from gene expression changes in fish adapted to different thermal conditions"

Host Tanja Pyhäjärvi


Thu 23.3.2017, 12.15-13.00 IT112

Prof. Richard Bardgett (University of Manchester)

"Aboveground-belowground interactions and ecosystem responses to global change"

Host Henni Ylänne


Thu 30.3.2017, 12.15-13.00 L7 

Dr Brandon Kilbourne (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)

"Morphological diversification and anatomical adaptations: selective regimes and the locomotor system"

Host Jouni Aspi 


Thu 4.5.2017 12.15-13.00 L7

Prof. Timo Muotka (University of Oulu)

"What has forestry done to our streams and is there anything we can do about it?"


Thu 11.5.2017, 12.15-13.00 L7

Prof. Peppi Karppinen (Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu)

"2-Oxoglutarate-dependent enzymes in diseases"

Host Henrika Honkanen


Wed 24.5.2017, 12.15-13.00 L7

Dr Dario Ojeda Alayon (University of Oulu/Université Libre de Bruxelles)

"Genetic and genomic evidence of niche partitioning and adaptive radiation in mountain pine beetle fungal symbionts"

Host Tanja Pyhäjärvi



Mon 19.6.2017 12.15-13.00 L9

Dr. Alina Niskanen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim/University of Oulu)

"Inbreeding and inbreeding depression in island populations of house sparrows"

Host Jouni Aspi






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