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The Fisheries and Environmental Management Group (FEM) focuses on the interaction between ecosystems and human society. Our research interests are

  • Decision analysis of renewable resources and biodiversity
  • Identification and quantification of risks in the use of natural resources
  • Integrating different sources of data and knowledge: Bayesian analysis
  • Cross discplinary modelling of exploitation processes of natural resources in the face of risks and uncertainty in the information

The group works at two locations, in Viikki campus in Helsinki and in Kotka Maritime Research Center in Kotka.

The FEM group co-operates with governmental research organizations such as LUKE and SYKE, as well research groups and organizations such as the Environmental Geoinformatics Group, Aalto university, Fisheries Economics in the Department of Economics and Management, and Kotka Maritime Research Centre.


A workshop on Baltic Sea ecosystem models and their applications for management in Tvärminne Zoological Station, Finland, September 13-16, 2015.

Program now available.


  • Jarno Vanhatalo starts as an assistant professor in statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Biosciences in UH 1st of September, 2016 (31.8.2016)
  • Päivi Haapasaari received an adjunct professorship (dosentuuri) in environmental policy (13.6.2016)
  • Maisa Nevalainen gives a presentation in the AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response in Halifax in June (18.5.2016)
  • MSc. Riikka Venesjärvi defends her PhD. thesis on on May 13th. The summary in Finnish, the thesis. (12.5.2016)
  • The press release of Anna Kuparinen's publication "Fishing-induced life-history changes degrade and destabilize harvested ecosystems" (29.2.2016)

Past news and activities are here.

Open positions

  • A position of PhD student in Aquatic sciences: Marine spatial planning [Link]