The history and future of rodent and rodent-borne pathogen ecology in Fennoscandia – the retirement symposium of Prof. Heikki Henttonen (Luke)
To mark the occasion of Professor Heikki Henttonen's retirement at the end of 2018, and to celebrate his career in science, a symposium "The history and future of rodent and rodent-borne pathogen ecology in Fennoscandia" will be held at the University of Helsinki on Friday 14th December 2018.
The symposium will be held in Lecture Hall 3 of the B-building of the University of Helsinki Viikki campus (Latokartanonkaari 7, 00790 Helsinki; entrance from the northeast corner, see campus map).
Professor Henttonen is Professor of Forest Zoology at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). He has made major contributions to the study of cyclic small rodent population fluctuations in boreal and arctic regions, and to the ecoepidemiology and evolution of parasites and pathogens that small rodents harbor and occasionally also transmit to humans, and in doing so attained widespread international recognition and respect amongst his peers.
Henttonen has been ranked as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and is one of the most cited Finnish ecologists of all time.
The symposium is open to all and no registration is required. Feel free to share the invitation.
10:00-10:15 Opening words, Principal Scientist Otso Huitu, Luke
10:15-10:40 Prof. Herwig Leirs (University of Antwerp, Belgium): Cycling around Heikki: from voles to masting to plague fleas.
10:40-11:05 Prof. Annapaola Rizzoli (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy): Ticks and rodents: a hazardous partnership.
11:05-11:30 Prof. Olli Vapalahti (University of Helsinki, Finland): Northern emergence of two subtypes of tick-borne encephalitis virus: invasion of typical habitats of Heikki Henttonen.
11:30-11:55 Dr. Eric Hoberg (University of New Mexico, USA): Heikki Henttonen and Beringia: History, climate and faunal diversity.
11:55-13:00 Lunch (at own expense)
13:00-13:25 Prof. Anders Angerbjörn (Stockholm University, Sweden): Arctic fox life history is closely related to the lemming cycle.
13:25-13:50 Dr. Esa Koskela (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): Individual life histories and population cycles: the case of Prof. Henttonen and his voles
13:50-14:15 Prof. Nigel Yoccoz (University of Tromsø, Norway): Why do we still need to argue for the value of long-term monitoring? Some statistical and ecological perspectives.
14:15-14:40 Prof. Xavier Lambin (University of Aberdeen, UK): The dynamics of asynchronous alternative preys reveals the roles of predator starvation or pathogen transmission dynamics in fluctuating vole populations
15:10-15:35 Prof. Nils Christian Stenseth (University of Oslo, Norway): The lemming and small rodent cycle – again.
15:35-16:00 Prof. Charley Krebs (University of British Columbia, Canada): Thoughts on small mammal population dynamics - "alternative facts" from North America.
16:00-16:15 Final words, Prof. Heikki Henttonen, Luke
16:15-16:30 Closing remarks, President and CEO Johanna Buchert, Luke