Seminars in Biology
Spring 2019: Seminars are on Tuesdays at 14.15-15.00 in Natura XI unless noted otherwise.
TBA = speaker/title to be announced later.

  • Tue 22nd Jan Anssi Malinen (University of Turku): Mechanism of RNA polymerase as target of antimicrobial drugs and toxins
  • Tue 29th Jan Leo Lahti (University of Turku): Microbiome bioinformatics: challenges and solution
  • Tue 5th Feb Mikko Metsä-Ketelä (University of Turku): Molecular evolution of antibiotic biosynthetic pathways
  • Tue 12th Feb Pauli Kallio (University of Turku): Engineering photosynthetic cyanobacteria for future biotechnological applications
  • Tue 26th Feb Peter Gollan (University of Turku): Plant photosynthesis and regulation in the changing environment
  • Tue 5th Mar Francisco Lopez Picon (University of Turku): Positron Emission Tomography in clinical and preclinical neuroscience research
  • Tue 19th Mar Emma Vitikainen (University of Helsinki): Communal pup care in a cooperative breeder: why some mongooses are more equal than others
  • Tue 26th Mar Kirsi Gröndahl-Yli-Hannuksela (University of Turku): From throat carriage to flesh-eating disease, studies on Group A Streptococcus
  • Tue 2nd Apr Margarita Glazova (Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, St. Petersburg): Microgravity: what space flight and ground simulation can tell us about brain functions
  • Tue 9th Apr Karine Gagnon (Åbo Akademi): TBA

Autumn 2018: Seminars are on Tuesdays at 14.15-15.00 in Natura XI unless noted otherwise.
TBA = speaker/title to be announced later.

  • Wed 26th Sept Lecture hall XIV at 11:15:
Arne Cierjacks (Dresden University of Applied Sciences): Tropical forests under pressure: Insights from lowland and mountain forests of South America and Africa
Minisymposium "Conservation of forest species"
Thursday, September 27th 2018, Ecology Seminar Room (215, Natura):
14:15 Peter Lurz (University of Edinburgh): The use of modelling approaches to assist in forest management and red squirrel conservation
15:15 Patrik Byholm (Novia University of Applied Sciences):Goshawks in a changing forest landscape
16:00 Vesa Selonen (University of Turku): Habitat associations at different spatial scales and conservation of flying squirrel

  • Thu 27th Sept Department of Geography and Geology coffee room at 14:15
Arne Cierjacks (Dresden University of Applied Sciences)Saveguarding biodiversity and land productivity: How should we design future land use?
  • Sun 30th Sept Tuulia Appleby (AB Klinikka): Tunteiden ja kivun merkitys hevosen kouluttamisessa ja käsittelyssä. X Natura at 11.00-14.00

  • Tue 16th Oct Camila Ribas (National Institute of Amazonian Research, Manaus, Brazil): Evolutionary ecology and biogeography of understory birds in Amazonian rain forests Quantum lecture room XVII

  • Tue 23rd Oct Claire Morandin (University of Helsinki): Co-expression and co-methylation networks: their roles in social insect caste development. Natura Lecture Hall XI
  • Tue 30th Oct Robert Lynch (University of Turku): Integration involves a trade-off between fertility and status for Finnish evacuees in World War II Natura Lecture Hall XI
  • Multidisciplinary seminar "Human evolution and cultural change" 
​           Thursday 1st Nov at 10-17  Natura IX
           Friday 2nd Nov at 8.30-17 Edu1
  • Mon 5th Nov Päivi Onkamo (Turun yliopisto) Turun Eläin- ja Kasvitieteellisen Seuran kokous, seminaarihuone 215, klo 18:15 Neandertalinihmisen perimä meissä
  • Tue 6th Nov Anne Muola (University of Turku): What can we learn from Crop Wild Relatives? Studies on woodland strawberry
  • Tue 13th Nov Lutz Fromhage (University of Jyväskylä): The biological purpose of life revisited
  • Tue 20th Nov Simon Chapman (University of Turku): Post-reproductive lifespan in humans and other animals
  • Tue 27th Nov Esko Pettay (Ecomodernist Society of Finland): Why preventing catastrophic climate change likely fails and why giving up is never an option
  • Mon 3rd Dec Prof Alison Bennett (Ohio State University): The surprising influence of soil microbial community diversity on plant and insect interactions and microbial communities. ​Seminar room 215, at 11.15-12.
  • Tue 4th Dec Teija Alanko (University of Turku): Gardening, plant consumption and urban vegetation – Archaeobotanical research on early modern Helsinki
  • Mon 10th Dec Walter Veijola (Turun yliopisto) Biodiversiteettiselvityksiä Papua-Uudessa Guineassa.Turun Eläin- ja kasvitieteellisen seuran kokous, Seminaarisali 215, klo 18:15. 
  • Tue 11th Dec Rose Thorogood (University of Helsinki): Exploring gene-culture coevolution in the wild. 
  • Tue 18th Dec Jarmo Niemi (University of Turku): Streptomyces soil bacteria as a source of pharmaceuticals


















Spring 2018: Seminars are in XI Natura on Tuesdays at 14.15-15.00, but occasionally there are seminars on other days too (these will be noticed separately by email).

TBA = speaker/title to be announced later.
  • Thu 18th Jan Adam Wilkins (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Is there a shared genetic basis of 'domestication' in domesticated animals? XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 23rd Jan  Carly Lynsdale (University of Turku): Nematode infection in Asian elephants; mysterious males & curious calves. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 30th Jan  Hongbo Zhang (Åbo Akademi): Applying nanotechnology to human health. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 2nd Feb Conny Sjöqvist (Åbo Akademi): Metagenomics of bacterioplankton within a population genomic framework. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 13th Feb  Karuna Kalichamy (University of Turku): Pim kinases as regulators of sensory functions. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 20th Feb  Jonna Kulmuni (University of Helsinki): Ants can help to unravel the mystery of speciation. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 27th Feb  Robin Cristofari (University of Turku): Bringing population genetics into penguin demography. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 6th Mar Antoine Stier (University of Turku): The physiological ecology of ageing: mitochondrial function, oxidative stress and telomere dynamics in birds. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 13th Mar Anu Hynninen (University of Turku): Geomicrobiology: microbes on and in the basalt. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Thur 15th Mar Oliver Krüger (University of Bielefeld): New challenges and threats for recovered raptor populations in GermanyXI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 20th Mar Eero Vesterinen (University of Turku & University of Helsinki): Droppings à la carte: served with DNA soup and a foodweb salad. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 27th Mar  Eva Rothäusler (University of Turku): Fucus in the Northern Baltic Sea - dispersal opportunities and persistence under climate change. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 10th Apr  Anti Vasemägi (University of Turku): Contemporary natural selection on transcript abundance in a wild vertebrate. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 24th Apr  Karel Mokany (CSIRO, Canberra): Improving our understanding of biodiversity patterns and dynamics by combining information from communities and species. XI Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Mon 7th May Bernhard Eitzinger (University of Helsinki): Predator-prey interactions in changing environments. Seminar room 215 Natura at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 15th May Nate Bickford (University of Nebraska): Goshawks' nesting behavior and choices: Can these birds be bioindicators for climate changes in the boreal forest? Seminar room 2015 Natura at 14.15-15.00

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Autumn 2017: Seminars are either in the Biology Seminar Room (Natura) or in room XVII  (2nd floor, Quantum) on Tuesdays at 14.15-15.00, but occasionally there are seminars on other days too (these will be noticed separately by email).

TBA = speaker/title to be announced later. Local organisers: Satu Ramula & Manu Tamminen.
  • Thu 7 Sept Hannah Haynie (Colorado State University): Modeling linguistic diversity: From micro-scale correlates to macro-scale processes. Biology Seminar Room (215) at 14.15-15.00
  • Fri 29 Sept Morgane Tidière (Claude Bernard University Lyon): Diversity of senescence patterns across mammals: the particular issue with long-lived species Room 251 (Natura) at 14.15-15.00
  • Tue 3 Oct Päivi Onkamo (University of Turku) Ancient genomics and human population history in North-East Europe. Biology Seminar Room (215)
  • Tue 10 Oct Jasper Van doninck (University of Turku): Exploiting open satellite data for Amazonian biodiversity modelling  Biology Seminar Room (215)
  • Tue 17 Oct No seminar due to the BGG Baltic Sea Symposium, Educarium Lecture Hall EDU2
  • Tue 24 Oct No seminar due to a symposium 26.10.
  • Tue 31 Oct Mirkka Jones (University of Turku): Plant community ecology and conservation challenges in the Southwest Australian biodiversity hotspot. XVII Quantum
  • Tue 7 Nov Michael Briga (University of Turku): Shaping patterns of mortality in humans and birds.  XVII Quantum
  • Tue 14 Nov Anna Vähärautio (University of Helsinki): Single-cell characterization of drivers in high-grade serous ovarian cancer tumors. XVII Quantum
  • T​ue 21 Nov Alex Hall (ETH Zürich): Associations among resistance phenotypes in natural and clinical E. coli. XVII Quantum 
  • Tue 28 Nov Pekka Niittynen (University of Helsinki): Integrating local scale drivers into climate change impact studies of Arctic vegetation. XVII Quantum
  • Thu 30 Nov Gregory Ruiz (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center): Biological invasions & management in coastal systems: A North American perspective. Biology Seminar Room (215) at 13.15-14.00
  • Tue 5 Dec Tutku Aykanat (University of Helsinki): Genetic basis and  evolution of life history traits in Atlantic salmon.  XVII Quantum
  • Tue 12 Dec Shane Hogle (MIT) Trait biogeography and the global pangenome of Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthesizing organism on Earth. XVII Quantum