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Jarno Vanhatalo


Contact information:

Viikki campus
Ympäristötalo, room 2050
Viikinkaari 2
P.O. Box 65
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

e-mail: jarno.vanhatalo(a)
Phone: +358 50 3175494


Jarno Vanhatalo

Jarno Vanhatalo, D.Sc. in Tech., Adjunct professor
Fisheries and Environmental Management Group , Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki.

My research interest is in the interface of probabilistic modeling and bio- and environmental sciences. I am also interested in the complex relationship between the human society and ecosystem which is one of the grand scientific and societal challenges globally. Hence, the more applied work of mine is related to environmental risk assessment and management.

The methodological research topics I work with include

  • Bayesian modelling and decision analysis
  • Gaussian processes
  • state-space models
  • computational statistics and machine learning
  • spatial and spatio-temporal statistics

The methodological research topics provide inference tools for the other research topics which include

  • species distribution modeling
  • population dynamics modeling
  • uncertainty assessment and data fusion with environmental simulators
  • environmental management and risk assessment problems (e.g. CEARCTIC )

Currently, I work as a post doctoral fellow of Academy of Finland and I lead the University of Helsinki node of the Joint Research Centre of Excellence for Arctic Shipping and Operations (CEARCTIC).

Bibliographic information can be found from Google Scholar, TUHAT research database, Scopus and my list of publications.

Research Group

PhD students

  • Maisa Nevalainen (MSc. in environmental sciences)
  • Mikko Kotilainen (MSc. in systems analysis, affiliated in Aalto University)
  • Marcelo Hartmann (MSc. in statistics)
  • Jussi Mäkinen (MSc. in geography)

Former students and group members

  • MSc. Lauri Ronkainen (aquatic sciences)
  • Anja Wilken

Personal information


  • 2013, Adjunct professor (dosentti) in Environmental Risk Analysis, University of Helsinki,
  • 2010, D.Sc. (Tech.) in computational engineering, Aalto University, School of Science and Tecnology.
  • 2006, MSc (Tech.) in computational engineering, Helsinki University of techonology

Work history:

  • 6/2014-: Principal investigator, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 9/2013-3/2014: Visiting scientist in the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, Hobart, Australia
  • 9/2010-6/2014: Post-doctoral researher, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 9/2006-9/2010: Phd. student, Helsinki University of Technology / Aalto University, Laboratory of Computational Engineering
  • 6/2004-8/2006: Research assistant, Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Computational Engineering