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Jarno Vanhatalo


Contact information:

Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Kumpula campus)
Exactum building, room B420
Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b
P.O. Box 68
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Department of Biosciences (Viikki Kampus)
Biocenter 3, room 4418
Viikinkaari 3
P.O. Box 65
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

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


Jarno Vanhatalo

Jarno Vanhatalo,
Assistant professor of statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics and
Department of Biosciences
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 biostatistics and environmental risk assessment and management.

The methodological research topics I work with include

  • Bayesian modelling and decision analysis
  • spatial and spatio-temporal statistics
  • Gaussian processes
  • state-space models
  • computational statistics and machine learning
Additionally, I work with a number of applied problems, including
  • species distribution modeling
  • population dynamics modeling and fisheries stock recruitment relationships
  • uncertainty assessment and data fusion with environmental simulators
  • environmental management and risk assessment problems

Currently, I am also a co-PI in the University of Helsinki node of the Joint Research Centre of Excellence for Arctic Shipping and Operations (CEARCTIC) and am involved in the SmartSea consortium in relation to analysing impacts of climate change to Gulf of Bothnia.

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

Research Group


  • Jia Liu

PhD students

  • Maisa Nevalainen
  • Marcelo Hartmann
  • Jussi Mäkinen
  • Torsti Schulz (co-supervised by Marjo Saastamoinen)
  • Mikko Kotilainen (Co-supervised by Pentti Kujala, affiliated in Aalto University)

Former students and group members

  • MSc. Lauri Ronkainen
  • Anja Wilken

Open positions

  • Masters thesis projects related to Gaussian processes, species distribution modeling, spatial(-temporal) statistics, population modeling etc. Ask for more information.

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

Current and previous positions:

  • 9/2016-: Assistant Professor of statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki
  • 6/2014-: Principal investigator, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 6/2013-: Adjunct professor (dosentti), University of Helsinki
  • 9/2013-8/2016: Post-doctoral fellow of Academy of Finland, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • 9/2013-3/2014: Visiting scientist in the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, Hobart, Australia
  • 9/2010-8/2013: Post-doctoral researher, Department of 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