Centre of Excellence in Evolutionary Research

Konnevesi Research Training Meeting 25-28.3.2009

The Konnevesi Research Training meeting 25-28.3.2009




After the Darwin Seminars and banquet in Jyväskylä a bus will bring us to the Konnevesi Research Station.


The next 3 days will be held as Research Training Meeting in Konnevesi Research Station. Here we will have plenary talks mixed with student talks. It will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss with many of the Finnish senior scientists and a few international stars in the field. In addition to the international speakers of the Darwin seminars, we will have attending a.o.: Professor Lotta Sundström (University of Helsinki), Professor Jaana Bamford (University of Jyväskylä), Professor Craig Primmer (University of Turku), Professor Outi Savolainen (University of Oulu), Professor Pekka Pamilo (University of Helsinki), Professor Janne Kotiaho (University of Jyväskylä), Professor Mikko Mönkkönen (University of Jyväskylä), Professor Anneli Hoikala (University of Jyväskylä) and Dr. Tapio Mappes (University of Jyväskylä).



(may still change)



Theme: Life history, sexual selection and mating systems (Organised by Professors Johanna Mappes and Hanna Kokko)       

9.30 -10.15  plenary   Hanna Kokko              Which sex does what and why?

10.15-10.35 small       Mikael Mökkönen         Notes from a field experiment: testing frequency-dependent and sexually antagonistic selection in bank voles.




11.00-11.20 small     Annika Reckordt          Infanticide and population growth in the bank vole (Myodes glareolus): the effect of male turnover and density.

11.20-11.40 small     Jelmer Elzinga             The role of the parasitoid complex for the coexistence of sexual and asexual bagmoths





13.30-14.15 plenary  Janne Kotiaho               To be announced

Theme: Applications of evolutionary theory and integrating conservation biology with evolution (Organised by Professors Mikko Mönkkönen and Janne Kotiaho) 

14.15-14.35 small      Tero Toivanen               The potential of forest restoration as a conservation tool.

14.35-14.55 small      Mikail Ozerov                 Genetic diversity of fresh water Atlantic salmon in Russian Karelia and priorities for conservation.




15.30-16.15 plenary   Janne Seppänen          The tangled bank revisited.

16.15-16.35 small       Nina Pekkala                Effects of inbreeding rate on inbreeding depression, population viability, and purging of genetic load.

16.35-16.55 small       Paula Lehtonen           Is there genetic structuring in pied flycatcher populations across their breeding range?


Short break


17.15 -18.00 conclusion and discussion







Theme: Genetics of evolutionary processes (organized by Professor Anneli Hoikkala).

9.00-9.45 plenary       Pekka Pamilo               Evolution of the immune defense genes in social insects.

9.45 -10.05 small       Carita Lindstedt           Diet quality can constrain the efficacy of warning signal strategy.

10.05-10.25 small      Jonna Saapunki            Hybridization causes stable differences between male and female genomes in an ant.




10.55-11.40 plenary  Outi Savolainen           Genetic basis of reproductive isolation, especially in plants.

11.40-12.00 small      Joanneke Reudler Talsma        To be announced




14.00 -14.45 plenary  Craig Primmer              Finding needles in the haystack: hitch-hiking mapping for identifying functionally important genetic variation in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar.

14.45 -15.05 small      Jukka Kekäläinen         Major histocompatibility complex variability in natural salmonid populations.

15.05-15.25 small       Anti Vasemägi             Genetic basis of fitness related traits in Atlantic salmon: insights from linkage mapping and common garden experiments.




16.00-16.20 plenary   Katja Riika Louhi           Parasite population genetic structure and host dispersal.

16.20-16.40 small      Tuomas Leinonen          Body shape divergence along the lines of genetic variance.

16.40- 17.00 small     Jukka Forsman               Interspecific non-genetic transmission of behavioural traits: adoption and effects across generations.


Short break


17.15 -18.00 conclusion and discussion








9.00 -9.45 plenary     Niklas Wahlberg           An awkward age for butterflies: Molecular phylogenetics and the timeframe of macroevolution.

9.45 -10.05 small      Sanna Leppänen          Evolution of tritrophic interactions: plants, leaf-mining sawflies and parasitoids.

10.05-10.25 small     Melanie Monroe            On the origin of phenotypic differences between species - what’s selection got to do with it.




10.55-11.15 small     Erica Leder                    Sex-biased expression and the evolution of sex chromosomes in three-spine stickleback.

11.15-11.35 small    John Loehr                      Heritability of fluctuating asymmetry in three-spined sticklebacks' lateral plates.


11.35-12.00 concluding remarks




15.00 arrival in Jyväskylä 


There will be an oppurtunity to present your own work in a poster-session. 



There will be a bus to the Konnevesi Research Station (leaving at 21.00 from Agora Main Hall) where accommodation is available until Saturday after lunch, when a bus will go back to Jyväskylä (back in Jyväskylä 15.00).



Attending the Darwin Seminars in Jyväskylä is free of charge.

Attending the banquet and the meeting will cost 150 € per person. Details on payment will be sent to you after your registration is confirmed.



(Deadline for registration Research Training Meeting is closed, deadline for banquet closed)

Attending the Darwin seminars on wednesday does not require registration.  For more information send an e-mail to Jelmer Elzinga .