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Scientific board

  • Symposium head, Dr. Juho  Matala, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke 
  • Prof. Heikki Henttonen, Luke
  • Dr. Otso Huitu, Luke
  • Dr. Markus Melin, Luke
  • Dr. Ari Nikula, Luke
  • Dr. Antti Paasivaara, Luke
  • Dr. Jani Pellikka, Luke
  • Dr. Jyrki Pusenius, Luke
  • Dr. Laura Kvist, University of Oulu

Organizing committee

  • Juho Matala, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke 
  • Katja Ikonen, Luke 
  • Leena Karvinen, Luke
  • Markus Melin, Luke

Keynote speakers

We will have four scientists who have kindly agreed on discuss different aspects of moose as keynote speakers:

Professor Göran Ericsson 

Dr Göran Ericsson started his research career at Uppsala University, earning an MSc in Biology, Economy and business administration 1994. He continued on to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to earn his PhD in Animal Ecology 1999. Between 2000-2002 he was a postdoc and senior Fulbright researcher at University of Wisconsin-Madison, parallel to serving as research officer at the Swedish EPA and other governmental agencues. SLU recruited Dr Ericsson back in 2002 to form his research group. He was appointed a chaired professorship in Fish and Wildlife Tourism 2007. Since 2011 he serves as a fully tenured Professor in Wildlife Ecology. Between 2011 and 2017 he was an elected member of the University board. From 2016 he is the Department Head of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agricultural and Forestry. Dr Ericsson has supervised nearly 50 graduate students in wildlife ecology, published 99 peer-reviewed papers, over 150 technical/popular reports, and e.g. developed advanced curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students called ‘Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife’. His tenured professorship currently focuses on three main topics, plant-animal interactions and animal ecology, the use of the biological resource base (e.g. wildlife, forests) in the boreal landscapes and the human user groups (e.g. hunters, tourists) and interactions between the resource base and the users. Over the years moose has been a signature species in his research and outreach agenda. Göran Ericsson serves on a number of boards of trusts and maintains an active hand in research related to interspecific competition, artic issues, climate change, and human dimensions of living with wildlife.

Associate professor Annika Felton

Annika Felton’s research into forest ecology has involved a diverse array of forest systems around the world, at a large range of spatial scales; from the inner complexities of animal digestive physiology and plant chemistry, to landscape scale ecological dynamics and their resultant implications for forest and game management. While her projects often specifically regards animal-plant interactions and herbivore nutritional ecology, the outcomes are applicable to the maintenance of biodiversity in managed forest systems, and the ecosystem services we derive from these forests. At this conference she will talk about her new findings regarding the food selection and nutrition of moose, and its interactions with forestry and game management in Sweden.

PhD Roy Rea

Roy obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from California State University, Stanislaus in 1992 and a Master of Science, Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia in 1999. In 2014, Roy completed a Doctor Philosophiae in Ecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, Norway. Roy has worked as a Senior Laboratory Instructor in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern BC since 2000 where he teaches Introductory Biology, Field Applications in Resource Management, Marine Ecology, and labs in Plant Systematics. Roy’s research interests focus broadly on wildlife and habitats and specifically on moose range requirements. In his talk Roy will discuss abundance, range maps, and population trends for moose throughout their circumpolar distribution.

PhD Robert Serrouya

Dr. Serrouya’s research focus has been to test recovery options for caribou and other species by implementing broad-scale adaptive management experiments. He has worked as a large mammal ecologist in western Canada for 20 years. He specializes on broad-scale processes, particularly how forestry and energy extraction affect trophic interactions within ecosystems that until recently, had little early–seral vegetation. His specific research interest is to understand how shifts in vegetation, from old forests to shrubs, affect the abundance and interactions among herbivores and carnivores. He currently works on boreal and mountain ecotypes of woodland caribou, and focuses on how the changing dynamics of other herbivores (moose and deer) and carnivores (bears, wolves, and cougars) affect the survival of caribou. He is looking forward to understanding similar dynamics in Fennoscandia.