Full programmeThe 2018 Nordic Oikos meeting will have three days of presentations, keynote lectures and stimulating discussions as well as several pre-conference workshops and social events.

The main conference will start Tuesday 20th, February 2018 and continue throughout Thursday 22nd, February. During those days we aim for three full days of plenary lectures, several parallel sessions with oral presentations from participants and poster sessions. We expect to end the conference at 16:00 on Thursday.

Overview of all posters and their sessions can be found here.

Poster abstracts can be found here.

We will soon release an app will all information on the programme, including abstracts, so no need to print anything if you would like to use the app.

The schedule for the meeting will be continuously updated to include all details of the programme.



Monday 19th

Monday 19th

  • Workshops
  • 17:00: Registration opens
  • 17:00 - 19:00: Welcome reception at the Clarion Hotel & Congress. Drinks and food will be served.

Tuesday 20th

Tuesday 20th

  • Keynote lecture: David Wardle "Long-term drivers of aboveground-belowground linkages and ecosystem functioning"
  • Oral presentations, sessions S1-S3
  • Poster session 1
  • Reception at the University Museum
  • Organ recital in the beautiful cathedral Nidarosdomen hosted by Trondheim municipality

Wednesday 21st

Wednesday 21st

  • Keynote lecture: Georgina Mace "Exploring the ecology of natural capital accounting"

  • Oral presentations, sessions S3-S6
  • Panel debate
  • Poster session 2
  • Conference banquet at the conference hotel, Clarion

Thursday 22nd

Thursday 22nd

  • Keynote lecture: Trine Bilde: "Cooperation and inbreeding mating systems in social animals: causes and consequences"
  • Oral presentations, sessions S4, S7, S8
  • Keynote lecture: William Sutherland: "Making ecological decisions in a post truth world"
  • 15:15: Closing remarks

Oral Presentation Sessions

Oral Presentation Sessions

S1: Ecological effects of climate change

Ingibjörg Svala Jónsdóttir: The unexpected resilience of island tundra plant communities to climate warming

Maja K Sundqvist: Reindeer alone influence Arctic greening at a regional scale

Keith Larson: The story of a century: plant phenology in a warming Arctic 

Katrín Björnsdóttir: Effects of climate warming on rate of decomposition in the high and low Arctic

Casper T. Christiansen: Does deciduous shrub growth enhance decomposition rates in Arctic tundra?

Brage Bremset Hansen: More frequent extreme climate events stabilize wild reindeer dynamics in the high Arctic

Matteo Petit Bon: Plant community characteristics determine high Arctic ecosystem carbon balance under simulated herbivore disturbance and summer warming

Inge Althuizen: Long-term climate regime modulates the impact of short-term climate variability on decomposition in alpine grassland soils.

Francesca Jaroszynska: Mosses; the regulating blanket of alpine grasslands?

Sam Perrin: Predicting the effects of biological invasions on freshwater fish communities in the face of climate change

S2: Spatial ecology

Aveliina Helm: Extinction debt of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on declining grasslands 

Caroline Greiser: What limits a forest understory species at its cold range margin: climate, light or soil?

Alexander Singer: Estimating colonization probability and projecting spatial species distributional change by back-dating colonization events

Kim Magnus Bærum: Predicting the unpredictable: where and when does the next introduction of an invasive freshwater fish species occur?

Eveliina Kallioniemi: Methods for assessing biodiversity - example of species distribution modelling on Norwegian butterflies

Ana Ines Borthagaray: Diversity patterns and dendritic network structure 

Aapo Kahilainen: Metapopulation dynamics in a changing climate: increasing spatial synchrony in weather conditions drives synchrony in a butterfly metapopulation

Lisa Sandal: Spatiotemporal patterns of plant growth in a rapidly warming high Arctic: a tale of change

Jenni Nordén: At which spatial and temporal scales can fungi indicate habitat connectivity?

S3: Species interactions

Unni Pulliainen: Defence against social parasites and discrimination abilities in ant larvae

Anja Nickel: Trophic interactions of 0-group Atlantic cod and saithe

Kate Layton-Matthews: Effects of density dependence, climate and trophic interactions on the population dynamics of high Arctic barnacle geese

Filippo Marolla: Contrasting effect of small rodents and reindeer carcasses on an endangered Arctic-nesting goose species: implications for management

Jarad Mellard: Effect of carcass availability on food web dynamics

Diana Rubene: Are farmland birds in their natural habitat attracted to herbivore-induced plant volatiles?

Max Lindmark: Size-specific temperature scaling and species interactions shape community structure in a size-structured food chain in warmer climates

Sam Steyaert: Are bears crucial for berries?

Roswitha Ehnes: Disturbance effects on forest soil invertebrates by artificial wild boar rooting

David Cunillera-Montcusí: Understanding wildfire disturbance on a temporary ponds metacocommunity from its effect on traits selection

Ola H. Diserud: How can heterogeneity among species affect community dynamics? – Norwegian bird communities as a case study

Tiina SaloIn situ warming alters community and intraspecific trait composition in benthic grazers

Hannah Fried-Petersen: Examining drivers and quantifying regional invertebrate community stability in Swedish boreal lakes

Matias Arim: Ponds size and isolation determining the relative role of niche versus neutral assembly of plants communities

S4: Human impacts

Tora Finderup Nielsen: Great losses, greater gains: legacy data shows dramatic and directional changes to diversity over 140 years

Freydis Vigfusdottir: Annual cycle of stress in arctic breeding long distance migratory bird

Brett Sandercock: Seasonal survival rates inform timing of harvest in upland gamebirds

Nina E. Eide: Status and conservation goals for the critically endangered Arctic fox in Scandinavia. When is mission completed? 

John Linnell: How to bring ecology into policy in the Anthropocene? The importance of framing and different conservation paradigms

Julie Paus-Knudsen: Sub-lethal effects of imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, on bumblebees (Bombus terrestris)

Antti Eloranta: Water level regulation in hydropower reservoirs: what do we and what should we know about environmental impacts?

Dagmar Egelkraut: A Sami-cultural landscape: long-lasting ecological legacies of reindeer on tundra vegetation.

Anke Bender: Environmental effects from wave power- Impacts on the Norway lobster (Nephrops norwegicus) from wave energy generators

Tähti Pohjanmies: Loss of resilience and multifunctionality in a production forest

Kati Kivisaari: The effects of low-dose ionizing radiation on reproductive properties of bank voles 

Malin Tälle: How mowing frequency affects grassland flora and fauna: implications for the preservation of semi-natural grasslands in Europe

Grethe Robertsen: Can variation in metabolic rate explain context-dependent performance of farmed salmon offspring?

Karen Marie Mathisen: Forest gravel roads affect forest regeneration through modifying the landscape of fear

Bart Peeters: Humans and landscape shape spatial genetic structure and diversity in high Arctic reindeer 

Janine Rietz: Human impact on endozoochorous seed dispersal by Scandinavian brown bears 

S5: Evolutionary ecology and population genetics

Thomas Haaland: Variable environments and the evolution of specialists, generalists and bet-hedgers

Henrik Sjödin: The two ways of filling niche space

Jack Beresford: Speciation in action: the consequences of hybridization in nature

Joost Raeymaekers: Linking life history, spatial evolution and eco-evolutionary dynamics in stickleback species

Veronika Koláříková: Role of phenotypic plasticity, genetic and epigenetic differentiation in ecophysiological traits of Festuca rubra L. in response to climate change 

Mialy Razanajatovo: Floral trait similarity and not phylogenetic relatedness predicts the effect of heterospecific pollen in alien and native plant species

Aud Halbritter: Trait differentiation and adaptation of plants along elevation gradients

Dilan Saatoglu: Discovering dispersers by genetic stock identification method in a house sparrow metapopulation

S6: Functional traits

Kenny Helsen: Both belowground and aboveground functional traits can help predict levee grassland root length density as a proxy for flow-erosion resistance

Ragnhild Gya: The importance of intraspecific variability in leaf functional traits along temperature and precipitation gradients in alpine and boreal semi-natural grasslands

Alyssa Cirtwill: Species traits shape their roles in marine food webs

Anna Eklöf: Assessing ecosystem services in ecological networks - the role of species traits

S7: Intraspecific variation and demography

Stina Edelfeldt: Influence of size and chronological age on survival and reproduction in a dwarf shrub

Yngvild Vindenes: A simple formula for the complex effects of individual heterogeneity on stochastic population dynamics: the role of temporal autocorrelation

Sonia Merinero: Population dynamics of moss transplants across microclimatic gradients

Leena Lindström: Age really matters: prolonged diapause has sex-specific fertility and fitness costs

Aline Magdalena Lee: Do autocorrelations in individual reproductive success affect estimates of extinction risk?

Yimen Araya-Ajoy: Variation in demographic measures of an individual’s “pace-of-life”: a simulation study and an empirical test in a house sparrow meta-population.

Gregor Kalinkat: Temperature-dependent relationships between behavioural types and individual-level feeding rates and dispersal in non-native freshwater fishes 

S8: Novel methods

Henna Fabritius: Estimation of patch colonization rates from disturbance history and occurrence pattern data

Laura Henckel: Assessing the potential of citizen science-based models to predict species distribution, advantages and limitation of using unstructured vs systematic data

Alistair Seddon: Do pollen grains get a suntan? Investigating the relationship between UV-B and pollen chemistry for past reconstructions of UV-B

Anders Lorentzen Kolstad: Using networks to analyse the functional role of large herbivores 

Jarle Tufto: Estimating fluctuating multivariate selection through multiple episodes: the dipper as a case study.