Research groups of the Forest Sciences

Below are the introductions of the research groups that operate partly or wholly at the department of Forest Sciences in alphabetical order.

B

Boreal Forest Dynamics and Biodiversity Research Group
The research group carries out fundamental research on the structure, dynamics and biodiversity of boreal forest ecosystems, that increases our understanding of boreal forest ecology, and facilitates the development of effective methods of forest restoration and sustainable ecosystem-based management.

E

Economic-ecological optimization group
Group leader: Olli Tahvonen
The research group integrates economics, ecology and mathematical methods to understand the management of biological natural resources like forests or any natural populations. This has created a dialogue between existing scientific traditions and new discoveries realized by transferring knowledge between different fields. In proceeding toward new directions we are guided by cross-disciplinarity and the requirements of sound theoretical basis, mathematics, detailed empirical realism and new computational methods. This enables harsh progressive and critical reflection of existing science, policy and practice.

Group leader: Jaana Bäck
A Helsinki University based research group studying ecosystem processes mainly in boreal forests. Main questions concern the whole tree functioning in a changing environment and climate in multiple levels and the climate-related responses and effects of the whole forest ecosystem from the deep soil...

F

Quality, transdisciplinary research on sustainable business management, in the context of the forest sector and beyond.

Forest Ecology and Management
Forest Ecology and Management is one of the research fields of the Forest Sciences

The discipline of Forest ecology and management at the University of Helsinki aims at improving the understanding of forest ecological processes and the sustainable use of forests and peatlands through new information.

Forest Economics and Marketing
Forest economics and marketing is one of the research fields of the Forest Sciences

Forest Health Group
Group leader: Päivi Lyytikäinen-Saarenmaa
Our group focuses on drivers causing abiotic and biotic forest disturbances, risks diminishing forest production and value, and modern methodology of forest health management. Current research covers varying spatio-temporal scales and operates from forest soils until space-borne tree health mapping.

Forest Modelling Group
The Forest Modelling Group at the Department of Forest Sciences focuses on ecological and physiological research questions related to forest growth and production.

Forest Pathology Research Lab
Group leader: Fred Asiegbu
Our major research focus  is the application of biotechnology knowledge and tools for the determination of ecological, molecular and biochemical pathways required by emerging fungal and forest pathogens to infect and cause disease to trees worldwide as well as the basal mechanisms on how forest tree...

Group leader: Markus Holopainen
Laboratory of Forest Resources Management and Geo-information investigates the use of 3D point clouds in all areas of forestry.

Forest Soil Science and Biogeochemistry
Forest soil is the basis for renewable forest resources and a living environment for tree and understory roots, fungi, bacteria and soil animals. Forest soil scientists study the properties and processes in forest soils, and the interactions between the above- and belowground ecology and biogeochemistry of forest ecosystems. Our research topics vary from soil basic functions to impacts of disturbances and management.

I

International Forest Policy
Group leader: Maria Brock­haus
Our research group aims to provide evidence for policy making through a critical analysis of politics and power in highly contested domestic and international policy arenas, often beyond the forestry sector as such.

M

Mixed Real­ity Hub (MRHUB)
Group leader: Petri Parvinen
Sales research by utilizing immersive visual technologies (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality).

P

Peatland Ecology Group
The Peatland Ecology Group studies peatlands from the arctic to the tropics, with different land-uses, and with different time horizons. Our research focus is on the C and GHG cycling and the impacts of management on peatland functions.

V

Group leader: Markku Kanninen
VITRI provides academic training, implements research on forests and related natural resources in tropical and developing countries and undertakes assignments related to tropical forest management as well as environmental and forest policy.

W

Wetland Ecology Group
Group leaders: Petri Nummi and Veli-Matti Väänänen
Our research vision is to study, manage and conserve wetland ecosystems. Our aim is to focus on species interactions in wetlands, and on the effect of ecosystem engineers on ecosystem structure and function.