Jaana Bäck

Jaana Bäck

My special topic is climate change and forests, in particular how to account for all climate impacts of forests and forestry. I'm interested in how boreal forests take up and sequester carbon, how they use the photoassimilates and what feedbacks the forest carbon uptake has on soils, aquatic systems and atmosphere. One of these important feedbacks occurs via the emissions of volatile vapors which eventually can condense onto small particles and create clouds, thus cooling the atmosphere.

I'm a plant eco-physiologist, did my MSc at University of Kuopio (nowadays University of Eastern Finland), and my PhD at the University of Oulu. I spent a 15-month post-doctoral period in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and in Boyce Thompson Institute for Research (Cornell University) in New York. Currently I'm Professor in Forest-Atmosphere Interactions at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki.

I have been involved in three Centers of Excellence (nominated by the Academy of Finland) since 2002. My current research is funded e.g. by EU H2020 projects (eLTER, Advance-eLTER), national foundations (Maj and Tor Nessling) and Nordforsk. I'm leading the "Ecosystem processes" research group (ca. 20 post-doctoral or senior researchers and >25 MSc students) at the University of Helsinki, and am in charge of the ecosystem research at the SMEAR measurement network. I'm also a member in the SMEAR Board of Directors, vice chair of the Department of Forest Sciences and vice chair of the Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences and Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Helsinki.

I'm author of 79 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 30 chapters in peer reviewed books, my H factor is 21 in ISI Web of Science (24 in Google Scholar) with 1627 (2899) citations (updated Sep 26th, 2016). Five of the papers have >100 citations. For more information see TUHAT, ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

I love to do gardening and therefore I live surrounded by a beautiful rural landscape. Hiking in nature, picking berries and mushrooms and enjoying the sounds and smells of forests makes my day!

"Globally, forests are one of the key ecosystems and contribute to the climate change challenge the society is facing. Understanding the basic biogeochemical and ecophysiological processes, and the biological, physical and chemical feedbacks between forests and their environment is extremely important in their sustainable management."