Irma Saloniemi
Ph.D., Docent

University Lecturer, Physiology and Genetics (Department of Biology)
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

irma.saloniemi@utu.fi
+358 29 450 4276
+358 46 923 0948

Vesilinnantie 5
Turku
Natura
Office: 337





Areas of expertise
evolutionary biology; quantitative genetics; natural selection; biostatistics; transgenic organisms; glyphosate; sustainable agriculture, forestry, fishery; biosafety;

Biography

During my early studies in mathematics,statistics and computer science in Helsinki, I understood that besides interesting theoretical approaches, my need to make world better requires clear applications.
Fortunately, I found holistic ways to study biology during my studies at the
University of Chicago and University of Oregon.

I have spent most of my career in Turku, first as an ecologist and later as a geneticist. I
have been lucky enough to find some time for research while teaching genetics,
ecology and evolution. Especially studies that aim at mitigating anthropogenic evolutionary
effects in living systems like sustainable agriculture, potential risks of
biotechnology or climate change in northern forests are rewarding.



Research

Statistical methods and their application to various biological systems has been an important part of my research beginning from early epidemiological studies on. Trophic interactions especially between birches
and their predator systems have been going on in Kevo and during my Academy of Finland project (50452) “Trophic-level and life-history consequences of transgenic resistance in plants”.

Together with Luke (PI Irma Kallio-Nyberg), I have studied effects of increasing temperatures, intensive fishing and hatchery rearing on life-history traits of salmonid fishes (salmon, trout and whitefish) in the Baltic Sea area.

Long-term co-operation with Kari Saikkonen and Marjo Helander on grasses and their endophytes together with other microbial interactions has been very productive. Especially chances for agricultural applications have been exciting.

Presently I have two main projects. One of them is participating in the glyphosate project of Marjo Helander as the PI. Proper experiments on several model organisms and crops are timely with the general,
and often loose, discussion on possible risks of glyphosate.

As the main present task, I am analyzing and documenting long-term data on adult trees that are growing in planned common garden settings (MRP, tree line gardens) in five locations in Kevo, Inari, Kittilä and Ruissalo. The trees in the gardens originate from single open-pollinated northern individuals. Combining old measurements on young trees and herbarium samples of them with present molecular methods and quantitative genetic analyses are likely to give valuable data on birch evolution and traits relevant for adapting to changing climate in subarctic areas.



Teaching
During the last five years I have been the sole teacher for BIOL1301 Introductory Genetics, and I have taught most of BIOL2121 Evolutionary Biology, and BIOL3050 Bioinformatics for biologists. I have given many types of applied statistics course to biologist of all levels (including a year as a statistician at Department of statistics in Turku). Previously there was more emphasis on linear model applications to evolutionary and quantitative genetics using SAS, but presently I have been involved in introductory R courses.

While my teaching position was in ecology, I taught advanced level Evolutionary interaction, Ecological genetics. In genetics I have been teaching Population genetics, Evolutionary genetics, Evolutionary applications and Advanced Evolution reading courses. A comprehensive course in Agroecology and –evolution has been given several times together with doc. Marjo Helander from Ecology and people from Natural Resources Institute.

I like to share teaching and let the students to discover phenomenon and facts by themselves, if financial, administrative and time limitations allow.


Publications
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Different growth trends of whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) forms in the northern Baltic Sea (2019)
Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Kallio-Nyberg I., Veneranta L., Saloniemi I., Jokikokko E., Leskelä A.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Anadromous trout threatened by whitefish gill-net fisheries in the northern Baltic Sea (2018)
Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Kallio-Nyberg I, Veneranta L, Saloniemi I, Salminen M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Factors affecting genetic and seed yield variability of Jatropha curcas (L.) across the globe: A review (2018) Lama AD, Klemola T, Saloniemi I, Niemelä P, Vuorisalo T
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Glyphosate decreases mycorrhizal colonization and affects plant-soil feedback (2018)
Science of the Total Environment
Marjo Helander, Irma Saloniemi, Marina Omacini, Magdalena Druille, Juha-Pekka Salminen, Kari Saikkonen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Spatial distribution of migratory Salmo trutta in the northern Baltic Sea (2017)
Boreal Environment Research
Irma Kallio-Nyberg, Lari Veneranta, Irma Saloniemi, Eero Jutila, Tapani Pakarinen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Alkaloid Quantities in Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue are Affected by the Plant-Fungus Combination and Environment (2016)
Journal of Chemical Ecology
Helander M, Phillips T, Faeth SH, Bush LP, McCulley R, Saloniemi I, Saikkonen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Geographic Variation in Festuca rubra L. Ploidy Levels and Systemic Fungal Endophyte Frequencies (2016)
PLoS ONE
Dirihan S, Helander M, Vare H, Gundel PE, Garibaldi LA, Irisarri JGN, Saloniemi I, Saikkonen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Performance of Endophyte Infected Tall Fescue in Europe and North America (2016)
PLoS ONE
Kari Saikkonen, Timothy D. Phillips, Stanley H. Faeth, Rebecca L. McCulley, Irma Saloniemi, Marjo Helander
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Differences between wild and reared Salmo salar stocks of two northern Baltic Sea rivers (2015)
Fisheries Research
Kallio-Nyberg I, Romakkaniemi A, Jokikokko E, Saloniemi I, Jutila E
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Effects of systemic fungal endophytes on the performance of meadow and tall fescues in mixture with red clover. (2015)
Grass and Forage Science
S. Dirihan, M. L. Helander, I. Saloniemi, P. E. Gundel, K. Saikkonen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Effects of systemic fungal endophytes on the performance of meadow fescue and tall fescue in mixtures with red clover (2015)
Grass and Forage Science
Dirihan S, Helander ML, Saloniemi I, Gundel PE, Saikkonen K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Glyfosaatin riskit ja vaihtoehdot selvitettävä. Vieraskynä pääkirjoitus 22.6.2015 (2015)
Helsingin Sanomat
Saikkonen Kari, Saloniemi Irma
(
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Growth of hatchery-reared sea trout (Salmo trutta trutta) on the Finnish coast of the Baltic Sea (2015)
Boreal Environment Research
Irma Kallio-Nyberg, Irma Saloniemi, Eero Jutila
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Meritaimenen eloonjäänti heikentynyt (2015)
Suomen Kalastuslehti
Kallio-Nyberg I, Jutila E, Saloniemi I
(
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Viljelty lohi eroaa luonnon lohesta (2015)
Suomen Kalastuslehti
Kallio-Nyberg I, Romakkaniemi A, Jokikokko E, Saloniemi I & Jutila E.
(
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Spawning-Age differences and their temporal trends in wild and sea-ranched Atlantic salmon stocks, from stock mixture data. (2014)
Open Fish Science Journal
Irma Kallio-Nyberg, Marja-Liisa Koljonen, Irma Saloniemi
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Archaeologists, Biologists and Lactose Tolerance (2013) Timo Vuorisalo, Olli Arjamaa, Anti Vasemägi, Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen, Auli Tourunen, Irma Saloniemi
(
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Effects of hatchery rearing and sea ranching of parents on the life history traits of released salmon offspring (2013)
Aquaculture
Kallio-Nyberg I, Jutila E, Saloniemi I, Jokikokko E
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Vuosien viljely muuttaa lohenpoikasia (2013)
Suomen Kalastuslehti
Kallio-Nyberg I, Jutila E, Jokikokko E, Saloniemi I
(
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Genetic and Environmental Factors Behind Foliar Chemistry of the Mature Mountain Birch (2012)
Journal of Chemical Ecology
Haviola S, Neuvonen S, Rantala MJ, Saikkonen K, Salminen JP, Saloniemi I, Yang SY, Ruuhola T
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-22-07 at 02:24