Keynote Speakers

Professor Anthony R. Ives

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ecological predictability and surprise in a changing world

Tony’s work integrates theoretical and empirical ecology, using mathematical models to understand patterns of variation in ecosystems. His research projects involve different questions and different experimental systems, although they all involve temporal dynamics, spatial dynamics, or spatio-temporal dynamics – how things vary through time and space. One of his current projects tries to understand the midge population in Myvatn, a lake in Iceland, which shows large and unpredictable fluctuations. Studying the causes and consequences of these fluctuations will help to understand the unpredictability of other ecological systems.

Professor Inger Greve Alsos

Using ancient and modern DNA to understand effect of climate change on vascular plants

Alsos is the leader of the Ancient DNA lab and the Research Group in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Tromsø Museum, UiT – Arctic University of Norway. Alsos has especially focused on past and potential future distribution of arctic and subarctic vascular plants. She has combined genetic data (AFLP fingerprinting, cpDNA sequences, and ancient DNA), species distribution modelling, and fossil data to explore dispersal routes, colonization frequencies, and long-term genetic effects of climate change. She is currently working on ancient DNA of lake sediments from northern Europe and the Alps, as well as a full-genome reference library for the Norwegian and Polar flora. Recent advances in ancient DNA may increase our understanding of migration rates and resilience to climate change.

Professor David Lusseau

Humans apart from nature or a part of nature? Innovating new approaches to sustainably manage our interactions with nature in the Anthropocene

David is Professor of Behavioural Biology at the University of Aberdeen. He works at the intersection of life, formal, and social sciences to understand how individuals – humans and animals – make decisions when uncertain and what the consequences of those decisions are for their health, social life, and demographic contributions. Much of his effort is focused on findings ways to navigate socio-ecological systems towards sustainability. He obtained his BSc at the Florida Institute of Technology in 1996 and his PhD at the University of Otago in 2003. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 2009, the Royal Society of Biology in 2016, and member of the Young Academy of Scotland in 2011. He currently serves on the IUCN Species Survival Commission and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group and the U.N. World Ocean Assessment writing team.

Professor Vigdis Vandvik

University of Bergen

Vigdis Vandvik is professor of plant ecology at the University of Bergen in Norway and leader of bioCEED Centre of Excellence in Biology Education. Her research is focused on how major global change drivers – especially climate and land-use change – affect plants, from their physiological responses via population and community dynamics to ecosystem functioning. She uses experimental macroecological approaches – replicating field experiments across broad geographical and climatic extents – to disentangle and explore context-dependencies and uncover general patterns in these responses. Field experiments offer many opportunities for student-active research, and her research projects are also test-beds for developing effective ways of teaching and learning as integral components of ‘real’ research projects.  She is elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Technical Science Academy. She communicates science through a variety of channels, and is actively involved in the science-policy interface, both within Norway and internationally, for example as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Europe and Central Asia report (IPBES-ECA).

Nordic Society Oikos

3-5. March 2020 Reykjavík