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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 (dosentti)

I work with the post doctoral researcher grant of Academy of Finland in the Fisheries and Environmental Management Group (FEM) at the Department of Environmental Sciences in the University of Helsinki.

My research interest is in the interface of probabilistic modeling and biosciences. I am also interested in the complex relationship between human society and ecosystem which is one of the grand scientific and societal challenges globally. The specific 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
  • environmental management and risk assessment problems including, for example, species distribution modeling, uncertainty assessment of environmental simulators, population dynamics modeling and environmental risk assessment of Arctic shipping operations.

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

Research Group

PhD students

  • Maisa Nevalainen (MSc. in environmental change and politics)
  • Mikko Kotilainen (MSc. in systems analysis) (affiliated in Aalto University)
  • Marcelo Hartmann (MSc. in statistics)

master's thesis students and research assistants

  • Jussi Mäkinen (MSc. in geography)
  • Lauri Ronkainen
  • 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
  • 9/2010-6/2014: 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