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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.


  • Article by Laurila-Pant et al. has been the most downloaded paper in the ecological indicators for a month (21.9.2015)
  • MSc. Tuuli Parviainen's work was featured by the Finnish Foundation for Nature Conservation (text in Finnish) (28.8.2015)
  • FEM's GOHERR team started a GoHerr Blog (28.8.2015)
  • Inari Helle will defend her thesis Assessing oil spill risks in the northern Baltic Sea with Bayesian network applications on 26 June 2015 at 12:00 (Infokeskus Korona, Auditorium 1, Viikinkaari 11) (23.6.2015)
  • Anna Kuparinen co-authored a guest editorial in Helsingin Sanomat about the consequences of selective fishing (8.6.2015).
  • FEM organizes a workshop on Baltic Sea ecosystem models and their applications for management (4.5.2015)
  • Anna Kuparinen received a 5 year NSERC Discovery Grant from Canada (17.4.2015)
  • Read Sakari Kuikka's opinions on how to arrange oil combating which is based on FEM's cost benefit analyses: ICES, HS (in Finnish), Twitter (16.5.2015).
  • ICES risk group for marine activities (WGMABS), lead by Sakari Kuikka, meets in Helsinki 13-16.4.2015 (13.4.2015)
  • Anna Kuparinen has joined the editorial board of the ICES Journal of Marine Sciences (12.3.2015)
  • Anna Kuparinen gave a seminar at the Estonian University of Life-Science in Tartu on 2.3.2015 (9.3.2015)
  • Samu Mäntyniemi organized a seminar on Bayesian inference on Biological applications in University of Oulu on 26.2.2015 (9.3.2015)
  • Henni Pulkkinen defendind her thesis "Embracing uncertainty in fisheries stock assessment using Bayesian hierarchical models" 27th Februry (27.2.2015)
  • ICES risk group for marine activities has been established (STT) (21.1.2015)
  • Jarno Vanhatalo received the 3-year reseach grant of University of Helsinki (5.1.2015)

Past news and activities are here.

Open positions

  • Currently there are no open positions.