ECGS is a multidisciplinary Master’s programme that offers a variety of study options. Below you will find introductions of ECGS Board members and module leaders.
Jaanika Blomster is University Lecturer in Aquatic Sciences and has worked for over 10 years at the University of Helsinki teaching higher education courses in Marine Biology and Aquatic Sciences. Besides lecturing and teaching courses in laboratory and in the field, she has been involved in curriculum planning and has supervised a number of higher education students in their studies and thesis work. Currently, she is the Director of BSc Programme in Environmental Sciences. In her research, she is working on algal systematics, genomics and sea-ice ecology. Jaanika is a member of the Teachers’ Academy at the University of Helsinki and has also carried out research on research-based teaching and on experiences of communality in a higher-education context.
Eva Heiskanen is Professor at the University of Helsinki Consumer Society Research Centre. Her research interests span a wide range of topics regarding sustainable consumption, with a special emphasis on renewable energy in the context of climate change.
Juha Helenius is Professor of Agroecology at the University of Helsinki Department of Agricultural Sciences. His research covers topics from designing localized food production systems for closing nutrient cycles and for bioenergy-self-sufficiency, to recycling plant nutrients in the food system, to species diversity in agricultural landscapes.
Jukka Horppila is a professor in limnology in the University of Helsinki. His research covers for instance, the effects of disturbances (eutrophication, brownification, turbulence) on the functioning of lake food webs, littoral aspects, nutrient cycling and lake restoration.
Janne I. Hukkinen (PhD, University of California Berkeley, 1990) is Professor of environmental policy at the University of Helsinki. He studies the socio-cognitive aspects of sustainability assessment and strategy, with empirical applications in participation, expertise and risk in environmental and technology policy. Hukkinen is a Member of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, Editor of the journal Ecological Economics, and Expert Counsellor on the Environment for the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. In addition to over 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters, he is the author of Sustainability Networks (2008) andInstitutions in Environmental Management (1999), both published by Routledge.
Kari Hyytiäinen is Professor in the economics of marine protection and vice dean (community relations) at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. His research addresses cost-efficient policies to mitigate environmental problems of marine environments with a special focus on the Baltic Sea.
Nina Janasik (PhD) is a University Lecturer and senior researcher in environmental policy and science and technology studies. She has an interdisciplinary background that combines social sciences (environmental policy, STS) and humanistic sciences (philosophy, literature). Her recent research includes finding innovative ways to implement scientific research into governmental decision making (on e.g. endocrine disruptors) and scoping how digitalization affects societies and human thinking (with regard to e.g. emotions and mood). Currently, she is responsible for the teaching on environmental policy within the ECGS Master programme. Her current research interest involves the socio-cognitive and ethical aspects of decision-making for socio-ecological resilience.
Tom Jilbert is an Assistant Professor in Aquatic Biogeochemistry within the Ecosystems and Environment Research Program. His research concerns the biogeochemistry of human-impacted aquatic systems. Ocean deoxygenation, eutrophication of boreal lakes, and pollution of coastal regions are all key focus areas in Tom's research. Within ECGS Tom teaches in the Aquatic Sciences module and the Core Module.
Sirkku Juhola is a professor of urban environmental policy in the ecosystems and environment programme at the University of Helsinki. She leads the Urban Environmental Policy Research Group that is a multidisciplinary group focusing on urban sustainability and governance. She specializes in environmental policy, and climate policy in cities, in particular. She has published widely on topics, most specifically on adaptation governance, including studies from developed and developing countries.
Juhola is also a board member of and a supervisor in the DENVI Doctoral Programme. She is also a guest professor at the Department of Thematic Studies and Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, Sweden and an adjunct professor at the Department of Social Science and Policy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Atte Korhola is Professor in Environmental Change and Leader of Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU, http://www.helsinki.fi/ecru/) at the Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme, University of Helsinki. He is also Vice-Dean of Societal Interaction of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He is expert in Arctic climate change and its impacts, black carbon issues, aquatic ecosystems, peatland dynamics, carbon cycling, and long-term climate & ecosystem change, and he has more than 120 publications in international peer-reviewed journals on these topics, including Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS.
Professor Korhola is Member of the Environment Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), President of the Paleoclimate Commission (PALCOM) of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), and Member of the Board of the Nordic Committee on Bioethics (NcBio), NordForsk. Korhola is Fellow of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) and has acted as Consultant and Adviser for several companies/enterprises in climate matters. He has more than 100 media appearances during the recent years.
Johan Kotze is University lecturer in the Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include the responses of invertebrate and plant communities to urbanisation. To this end he concentrates on the effects of various urban features, such as habitat edges, trampling intensity, and greenspace fragmentation in general, on communities in remnant urban forests, meadow and verge habitats, vegetated/green roofs and mires. Additionally, during the past years he has become interested in using urban soils as in situ laboratories to investigate decomposition and soil quality, and soil biodiversity.
As an important side issue, he's keeping up with modern statistical methods to analyse, invariably, messy ecological data.
Kristina Lindström has been Professor of Sustainable development at the University of Helsinki since 2013, and is trained as a microbiologist. She is specialized in sustainable food production and soil use, and especially in symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes. Research in these fields range from genomic descriptions of rhizobial biodiversity in Ethiopia to work with farmers for application of biofertilizers in smallholder agriculture. Her group has described several new species and renewed the taxonomic classification of rhizobia. Bioremediation of oil-polluted soil by using the legume rhizosphere, the role of the nitrogen cycle in sustainable agriculture and the study of soil microbiota in relation to these are central areas of research. She collaborates on a regular basis with European, Chinese and African scientists and has organized international graduate courses with the theme Soils and society, in Finland and in Ethiopia.
Olli-Pekka Penttinen is a university lecturer in Ecotoxicology. He has a long experience in research and teaching, originally in aquatic ecophysiology and toxicology but now on a broader perspective that takes into account experimental ecotoxicology with a specific emphasis towards dose metrics. His expertise covers organic compounds and metals and their complex mixtures both in the aquatic and terrestrial environments, including chemical risk assessment.
Arho Toikka is a university lecturer in social and public policy, specializing in environmental policy. His research covers governance and decision-making in various socio-ecological contexts, including energy policy, forestry, and risk management.
Tarmo Virtanen is a university lecturer in Environmental Sciences. His background is in terrestrial ecology, and his view to environmental issues goes via landscape. He is studying and teaching ecosystem structure, processes and changes with both field studies, and geographical information systems and remote sensing based analyses. His main focus has been in the Arctic, but he has worked also in boreal and tropical regions.