Researchers specialised in climate change, nature loss, and biodiversity
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Climate panels and past, present and future climate

 

  • Jussi T. Eronen, associate professor of long-term sustainability science (@Jussi_T_Eronen): Research on climate-ecosystem interaction from the past to the future. Long-term dynamics of socio-ecological systems, including the effect of changes to biodiversity on societies and communities
  • Mikael Fortelius, professor of evolutionary palaeontology: Effects of climate change on ecosystems on a scale of millions of years, links between climate change and evolution
  • Veli-Matti Kerminen, professor: Aerosols and their cooling effect
  • Atte Korhola, professor of environmental change, vice-dean (@AtteKorhola): Current and past climate changes and their environmental and societal effects, especially in northern regions
  • Risto Makkonen, university researcher: Climate modelling
  • Markku Oinonen, docent: Radiocarbon dating, bioassays used, for example, to determine the amount of biological matter contained in emissions
  • Petri Pellikka, professor, remote sensing, land use change, Taita research station of the University of Helsinki in Kenya, Africa, snow and glacier monitoring
  • Jouni Räisänen, university lecturer: Global warming, weather statistics
  • David N. Thomas, professor of arctic ecosystems research (@DNThomas01): investigating biogeochemical processes along the continuum from land to coastal waters
  • Minna Väliranta, university researcher: Research on past environmental and climate conditions and derivative research on the effects of current climate change on various natural processes, peatlands
  • Kaarina Weckström, docent: Reconstruction of long-term climate and environmental changes on the basis of marine and freshwater sedimentary archives
  • Jan Weckström, university researcher: Past and present environmental changes in northern regions, freshwater biology, diatoms
Natural environment, nature loss, biodiversity and atmosphere
  • Mar Cabeza, Academy of Finland research fellow, director of the Global Change and Conservation research group: Integrating climate change into conservation planning
  • Ulrika Candolin, professor (@ulrikacandolin): Behavioural responses to environmental change
  • Maria Hällfors, postdoctoral researcher (@MariaHallfors, @RECecochange): Effects of climate change on plant phenology and distribution, assisted migration
  • Merja Kontro, university lecturer: Groundwater and climate change
  • Helena Korpelainen, director of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, professor: Biodiversity, gene pools, plant population adaptation to climate change
  • Aleksi Lehikoinen, Academy of Finland research fellow (@AksuLehikoinen): Effects of climate change on the abundance and distribution of bird species
  • Juha Merilä, professor of population biology and genetics: Evolution in response to climate change, genetic biodiversity,  adaptation to climate change, phenology
  • Atte Moilanen, research director: Land use, ecological compensation, species data
  • Pekka Niittynen, researcher (@PONiittynen): Effects of changes in snow coverage on the Arctic environment
  • Petteri Uotila, professor (@puotila): Marine environments and climate change
  • Jussi T. Eronen, associate professor of long-term sustainability science (@Jussi_T_Eronen): Multidisciplinary sustainability research on transition politics and environment
  • Frédéric Guillaume, professor of eco-evolutionary dynamics (@fred_guillaume): Eco-evolutionary forecasting of species' responses to global changes
  • Juha Helenius (@helenius_juha), professor of agroecology: species diversity in agroecosystem, biodiversity and agricultural practices
  • Iryna Herzon, university lecturer (@irina_herzon): biodiversity on farmland
  • Jenni Hultman, Academy of Finland research fellow (@JenniHultman): Effects of a changing climate on the microbial communities in the Arctic and their function
  • Timo Kuuluvainen, university lecturer: Interactions between forest structure, dynamics and biodiversity, ecologically sustainable use, restoration and conservation of forests
  • Anna-Liisa Laine (@annaliisalaine), professor: Biodiversity change, long-term ecology, biodiversity regulation of disease
  • Aleksandra Lewandowska, assistant professor of marine functional biodiversity (@planktola): climate change impact on marine plankton biodiversity and pelagic food web interactions
  • Juha Merilä, professor (@jmerila): Evolution in response to climate change, genetic biodiversity,  adaptation to climate change
  • Alf Norkko, professor (@AlfNorkko): Marine ecosystems and climate change in the Baltic Sea and the polar regions
  • Joanna Norkko, research coordinator: Marine ecosystems and climate change in the Baltic Sea and the polar regions
  • Craig Primmer (@FishConGen), Academy professor : Aquatic biodiversity, especially salmon, and conservation of genetic diversity
  • Jouko Rikkinen, professor of botany: Biodiversity questions, specifically the biodiversity and evolutionary history of plants and fungi. Terrestrial ecosystems in Finland and the tropics
  • Marjo Saastamoinen, associate professor of evolutionary ecology (@Marjo_S): Responses of natural populations and communities to human induced environmental change
  • Giovanni Strona, professor of ecological data science (@GiovanniStrona): extinctions; co-extinctions; ecological networks; ecological interactions
  • Rose Thorogood, assistant professor (@informedbirds): animal behaviour and social interactions in a changing world
  • Jari Valkonen, professor: plant diseases and their prevention
  • Michael Boy, university researcher: biosphere-atmosphere multi-scale-modelling 
  • Jaana Bäck, professor: (@JaanaBack): forest atmosphere
  • Soveltavan kaupunkimeteorologian apulaisprofessori Leena Järvi, professor of pplied urban meterology (@ljjarvi): Urban climate, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions and sinks; impact or urban planning to urban air; Adaptation and mitigation to climate change
  • Leena Järvi, associate professor in applied urban meteorology (@ljjarvi): urban climate, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from cities; how we can impact the different components via urban planning including vegetation and urban structure
  • Veli-Matti Kerminen, professor: aerosols, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) editor
  • Markku Kulmala, academician (@MarkkuKulmala1): Atmosphere, aerosols
  • Katrianne Lehtipalo, associate professor of experimental atmospheric science (@Katrianne_L): atmospheric aerosols and air pollution, aerosol physics
  • Dmitry Moiseev, associate professor (@HelsinkiRadar):radar meteorology, cloud and precipitation physics
  • Pauli Paasonen, assistant professor (@PauliPaasonen): Interactions and trade-offs between air quality and climate change, anthropogenic aerosol emissions, anthropogenic and biogenic aerosol formation
  • Tuukka Petäjä, professor: Atmosphere research stations and instruments
  • Mari Pihlatie, professor of environmental soil science(@MariPihlatie): Plant-soil-microbe interactions, emissions, uptake and processes of greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide in forest ecosystems and agriculture
  • Victoria Sinclair, university lecturer (@VSinclair_Met): Synoptic meteorology
Forests and agriculture
  • Maria Brockhaus, professor of international forest policy (@brockhaus_maria): Role of forests in climate change and in curbing it
  • Jaana Bäck, professor of forest-atmosphere interactions (@JaanaBack): Function of forest ecosystems and their interactions with the environment, specifically the role of forests in curbing climate change
  • Jyrki Jauhiainen, university researcher: Tropical peatlands, their carbon cycle, greenhouse gas balance and the climate impact of land use
  • Tuomo Kalliokoski, postdoctoral researcher: Carbon sinks
  • Markus Kröger, associate professor of development studies: political economies of deforestation, global mining politics, social movement studies, qualitative comparative methodology
  • Juha Mikola, university lecturer (@JuhaMikola): Birches, treeline ecosystems and climate change
  • Kari Minkkinen, university lecturer: Climate effects of peatland use
  • Paavo Ojanen, university researcher: Climate effects of land use in peatlands, carbon cycle and greenhouse gas balance in drained peatlands
  • Mari Pihlatie, professor of environmental soil science (@MariPihlatie): Plant-soil-microbe interactions, emissions, uptake and processes of greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide in forest ecosystems and agriculture
  • Tanja Pyhäjärvi associate professor of forest genomics and breeding (@PyhaTanja): forest tree evolution, genomics and adaptation, forest tree breeding 
  • Olli Tahvonen, professor of forest economics and policy: Bridging environmental questions and economics
  • Anne Toppinen, professor of forest economics and marketing, director of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS (@annetoppinen)
  • Timo Vesala, professor of meteorology (@vesala2): Bogs and peatlands from the perspective of climate change
  • Laura Alakukku, professor of environmental technology in agriculture: Measures based on soil management technologies relating to climate change
  • Timo Hytönen, professor: Climate adaptation of plants
  • Juha Helenius, professor of agroecology (@helenius_juha): ecological sustainability in agriculture and food systems, sustainable food systems
  • Iryna Herzon, university lecturer (@herzon_irina): Biodiversity in agricultural environment, farming in areas of high nature values, ecosystem services, agricultural and environmental policy, organic farming
  • Kristina Lindström, professor of sustainable development: Sustainable agriculture in Finland and globally, soil biodiversity, legumes, nitrogen cycle
  • Mari Pihlatie, professor of environmental soil science (@MariPihlatie): Plant-soil-microbe interactions, emissions, uptake and processes of greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide in forest ecosystems and agriculture
  • Jukka Rajala, researcher: Resource-efficient soil management
  • Priit Tammeorg, university lecturer (@AgriChar_RG): biochar application in agricultural and urban soils, recycling fertilizers, recycling lake sediment to agriculture.
  • Frederic Stoddard university lecturer (@Fred_Stoddard): legumes, faba bean breeding
  • John Sumelius, professor: Food security, economic effects of sustainable intensification of agriculture, equitable and sustainable agri-food chains, diversification of agriculture, poverty reduction
Economics, politics and regulation
  • Lassi Ahlvik, professor of consumer studies (@AhlvikLassi): consumer perspectives to environmental questions, particularly in the food sector
  • Jussi T. Eronen, associate professor of long-term sustainability science (@Jussi_T_Eronen): Multidisciplinary sustainability research on transition politics and environment
  • Olli Tahvonen, professor of forest economics and policy: Bridging environmental questions and economics
  • Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, associate professor of Russian environmental studies (@VPTynkkynen): Russian and Arctic energy, environmental and security policy
  • Sanna Kopra, postdoctoral researcher (@SannaKopra): China’s foreign, climate and environmental policy, international norms and Arctic governance
  • Janne Hukkinen, professor of environmental policy (@JIHukkinen): Multidisciplinary sustainability research combining social and natural sciences
  • Tero T. Toivanen, doctoral student (@TTToivanen): Political economy, political ecology, world politics, climate change, the Anthropocene
  • Annukka Vainio, associate professor (@annukka_vainio): Climate communications, climate attitudes and beliefs, sustainable change of behaviour
  • Barry Gills, professor: global climate and other crises
  • Kai Kokko, professor of environmental law: Theory of environmental law and regulatory methods curbing, among other things, climate change, emission trade, mining
  • Dayabati Roy, senior researcher: Climate action in South Asia, forest conservation and environmental policies in India, sustainable livelihoods in developing countries, and political ecology.
  • Niko Soininen, assistant professor
  • Tiina Paloniitty, postdoctoral researcher
  • Mari Pihalehto, doctoral student
Cities and migration
  • Sirkku Juhola, professor of urban environmental policy (@UEP_group): Projects focused on, for example, cities adapting to climate change, national climate and adaptation policies and questions related to urban sustainability
  • Stephanie Hitztaler, postdoctoral researcher: Thematics of sustainable development in cities located in the Arctic
  • Leena Järvi, associate professor of applied urban meteorology (@ljjarvi): Urban climate, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions and sinks; impact or urban planning to urban air; Adaptation and mitigation to climate change
  • Merja Kontro, university lecturer: Environmental technology in cities and sustainable development
  • Jari Niemelä, rector, professor of urban ecology (@niemela_jari): ecology and biodiversity in cities, urban planning and sustainability
  • Heikki Setälä, professor of urban ecosystem research: Importance of urban green areas as providers of ecosystem services, such as stormwater management, the clean-up of air pollutants and carbon sequestration
  • Sirpa Tenhunen, professor of social and cultural anthropology: Climate change and displacement in South Asia
Philosophy, ethics, teaching and education
  • Säde Hormio, postdoctoral researcher:   Collective agency in climate change
  • Simo Kyllönen, researcher (@KyllonenSimo): Relationship between climate ethics and economy, moral and political philosophy from the perspective of local conflicts
  • Suvielise Nurmi, researcher: Environmental philosophy, ecological ethics, moral agency, ethics education as well as children and adolescents
  • Panu Pihkala, postdoctoral researcher (@panupihkala): History and forms of Christian environmental thinking, effects of religions and worldviews on environmental attitudes, the role of psychological and spiritual matters in environmental education as well as the history of Christian ecotheology, environmental anxiety
  • Minna Autio, professor of home economics: Sustainable consumption and consumer education
  • Hannele Cantell, university lecturer: Climate education, including a bicycle model in support of climate education
  • Merja Kontro, university lecturer: Urban environmental technology, circular economy
  • Kristina Lindström, professor of sustainable development: Bachelor’s level study module on sustainable development
  • Laura Riuttanen, postdoctoral researcher: Climate education, the Climate University project of Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences
  • Sirpa Tani, professor of geography and environmental education: General environmental education
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