1888 – 1942
Who was Kaarlo Linkola?
Linkola was docent of botany at Helsinki University 1919–1922. He was professor of botany at University of Turku from 1922, and at Helsinki University from 1925. He was head of the botanical institute from 1926, dean of the Faculty of Science for two periods and rector of Helsinki University 1938–1941.
Linkola’s doctoral dissertation dealt with the impact of culture of vegetation in Southern Karelia. Much later Ilkka Hanski used Linkola’s data on plants associated with villages isolated in the boreal forest landscape matrix to illustrate his core-satellite hypothesis.
Linkola and his students made a suite of investigations of root architecture. These studies are amongst the earliest in a still oft-neglected field. The last of these reports was published quite a while after Linkola’s early death.
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