Short tales of our recent endeavours.

October 2022

Joonas Wasiljeff defended his doctoral dissertation entitled as “Stratigraphy and paleoclimate patterns in late Eocene to Oligocene strata of Ulantatal, Inner Mongolia, China”. The opponent was Professor Guillaume Dupont-Nivet from CNRS, University of Rennes, France. Congratulations Joonas!

September – November 2022

Piritta visits VU University Amsterdam as part of a Cotutelle PhD project. While visiting, Piritta is working on dynamic image analysis and end member modelling of grain size distributions of Chinese loess deposits.

September 2022

Tang Hui started in a new position at the Finnish Meteorolgical Institute, congratulations and looking forward to the future collaborations!

Katja participates the Asian climate, tectonics and biodiversity conference in London

August – September 2022

Anu and Kari Lintulaakso did fieldwork in Western Mongolia together with Mahito Watabe and colleagues from the Institute of Paleontology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. A very successful field season! The fieldwork was part of an Academy of Finland funded project “Tracing the Winds” to investigate late Neogene paleoclimate and vegetation distributions.

August 2022

Professor Hatem Dhaouadi from the University of Monastir came to visit Department of Geosciences and Geography to discuss recent field research on Tunisian speleothems with Anu and Professor Heikki Seppä.

A “Tracing the Winds” project meeting in Helsinki with Hui, Professor Frode Stordal and Ove W. Haugvaldstad from the University of Oslo.

July 2022

Katja participates Heavy Mineral School at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

June 2022

Piritta graduates, congratulations! Her MSc thesis is entitled “Provenance of the Late Neogene Lingtai Red Clay Using Detrital Rutile Geochronology, Thermometry and Geochemistry

May 2022

Anu, Suvi Viranta, Juha Saarinen and Mikael Fortelius visit Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris to study the early Pleistocene Nihewan fauna collected by Emile Licent and colleagues in the 1920’s.

March 2022

Anu, Yun-Chuan Chung and professor Heikki Seppä carried together with professor Hatem Dhaouadi (University of Monastir) carried out fieldwork in Tunisia and collected speleothem and salt lake sediment samples to investigate palaeoclimates and greening events in the Sahara during Quaternary

February 2022

The K. H. Renlund foundation gave a grant to Anu and colleagues to study Finnish loess deposits

January 2022

Dr. Chris Baumann starts as a postdoctoral researcher in the “Environments and energy use of early humans on the edge” project. Chris is working on stable oxygen and carbon isotope records from the Nihewan region of northern China. Welcome Chris!


June 2021

We got Academy of Finland consortium project funding with Miikka Tallavaara and Indrė Žliobaitė! The project is entitled "Environments and energy use of early humans on the edge".


July 2020

Anu visits Orce, Spain to delve in to first human occupation sites together with Oriol Oms, Mikael Fortelius and Juha Saarinen etc.

June 2020

Tuomas Junna graduates, congrats! His master's thesis on soil ferromanganese nodules can be found here

March 2020

Mahito Watabe visits the Department of Geosciences and Geography and provides his expertise in preparing the reclaimed treasures from the 2019 Mongolian field trip.

January 2020

Anu and Katja visited China to install dust traps to collect modern eolian dust.


November and December 2019

Ferhat goes for field work in Africa. Joonas visits the IsoPaleoLab second time to continue the analyses begun on February.

August and September 2019

Anu, Ferhat and Joonas travel to western Mongolia together with Mahito Watabe to study Neogene fossil localities.

June and July 2019

Joonas visits Prof. Zhang Zhaoqun and the IVPP in Beijing, China.

April 2019

Joonas participates EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

February and March 2019

Joonas visits the Isotopologue Paleosciences Laboratory (IsoPaleoLab) at the University of Michigan, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and carries out novel reseach on tooth enamel triple oxygen isotopes under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Benjamin Passey.


October 2018 - The NOW database meeting

The NOW database ( ) meeting “NOW and the future of the past” in Bratislava

September 2018 - LoessFest 2018

Anu visits as a plenary speaker in the LoessFest meeting in Volgograd.

August 2018 - Fieldwork in Iran and China

Anu goes to fieldwork on late Miocene deposits and fossil mammal localities in Lorestan and Maragheh, Iran. Joonas works with Oligocene deposits and fossil mammal locality in Ulantatal, Inner Mongolia.

July 2018 - Fieldwork in Spain

Anu participates fieldwork in the Orce region in the Guadix-Baza Basin (Granada, Andalusia, southern Spain)

June 2018 - Grant from the Academy of Finland

Anu has been granted a 4-year project funding by the Academy of Finland “Tracing the winds – Releasing the potential of the East Asian dust record of environmental change”

May 2018 - Fieldwork in China

Anu and Yuan are fieldworking in the Nihewan Basin, China, together with prof. Zhang Zhaoqun from the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP).

January 2018 - Doctoral dissertation accepted

On 19 January Yuan defended her doctoral dissertation titled as Provenance and sedimentology of Red Clay and loess in northern China which was examined by docent Thomas Stevens from Uppsala University, Sweden.

January 2018 - 33rd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting

Anu, Yuan and Joonas participated the Nordic Geological Winter Meeting 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and presented their recent research.


October 2017 - Visiting fellow at the IGGL

Joonas received a visiting fellowship from the Ivar Giæver Geomagnetic Laboratory (IGGL), and is visiting IGGL in Oslo on October. 

August and September 2017 - Fieldwork in China and Iran

On August and the beginning of September 2017 Joonas travels to Ulantatal for field working. Anu is fieldworking in Iran on September.

July 2017 - International Conference on Rock Magnetism 2017

On July 2017 Joonas participates the International Conference on Rock Magnetism at Fort Hoofddijk, Utrecht University.

May 2017 - A trip to the Netherlands

On May 2017 Yuan and Anu visit the Netherlands to work with the collaborators at VU University Amsterdam.

April 2017 - Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall

During the spring and summer 2017, Anu is visiting the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall.

February 2017 - Grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation

On February 2017 Anu receives a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for the field research on late Miocene hominoid-bearing bone beds in Maragheh, NW Iran.