Spring Symposium 4th-6th OF MARCH 2019
Infocenter, Auditorium 2

Spring Symposium is supported by:



LUOVA Chaya

luomus Arvid Nordquist

Organizing committee

Don't hesitate to contact any of us with any questions you might have regarding the Spring Symposium! Use the direct email-links below or compose a mail to firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi to contact us.

Andrew House

I am a 2nd year doctoral student at the University of Helsinki. I am working on a lipidomics project with Atlantic salmon. My project is a continuation of previous findings of a large effect gene involved in sexual maturation in Atlantic salmon. I have recently studied at Mississippi State University in the US until I moved to Finland with a Fulbright grant in 2017. I am excited to be leading the 28th Spring Symposium organizing team!


Mikko Kivikoski

I'm evolutionary biologist interested in fundamental concepts of evolution. My research is about the genomics of small locally adapted populations and the evolutionary aspects of meiotic recombination. I use the nine-spined stickleback as a model organism. My supervisors are Juha Merilä and Ari Löytynoja. Before starting my doctoral studies, I did research in tumor evolution and hatchery domestication of steelhead trout. When I'm not doing research, I play football or spend my time outdoors.

See you in the Spring Symposium!


Marion Sinclair-Waters

I am a second-year PhD student in the Evolution, Genomics and Conservation group based at the Viikki campus. I am studying the evolutionary genomics of Atlantic salmon life history traits. Atlantic salmon have an interesting life history where they can spend anywhere from 1 to 5 years at sea before they reach maturity and return to reproduce in their natal rivers. My PhD combines evolutionary genomic approaches and bioinformatics to better understand the genetic basis of maturation timing in Atlantic salmon. I am thrilled to be part of the organising team for this year’s Spring Symposium. See you there!


Torsti Schulz

A second year PhD-student, I work on population dynamic models of the Glanville fritillary in heterogeneous environments. My work combines statistical methods with metapopulation ecological models and theory to improve and evaluate estimates of butterfly population size, distribution, and viability under environmental varying conditions. For this spring symposium, I keep track of financial matters involved in making the event happen.


Wenfei Liao

Hi, I'm a second-year PhD student in the Urban Ecology Research Group. I'm working on urban wetland biodiversity in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. My PhD project focuses on how urbanisation and other environmental factors impact waterbirds and diving beetle diversity. I've also been doing wetland surveys for the environment centres of the City of Helsinki and the City of Vantaa for management purposes.

My role in this symposium is to manage the website and registration. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact me! See you at the Spring Symposium!


Aina Brias Guinart

Hi! I am from the DENVI program, working in the Global Change and Conservation Group (Vikki campus). My PhD is on Biodiversity Conservation and Education. Particularly, I am interesting in gaining a better understanding on the long-term impacts of education programs conducted near protected areas, with one of my case studies based in Madagascar.


My role for this symposium is about Party & Hands On. So, any ideas or suggestions on how you would like to enjoy yourselves, let me know!