Postdoctoral Researcher. Funded by Academy of Finland.

I am currently working on the role of benthic foraminifera and their endobionts in key biogeochemical processes, as well as the application of Next Generation Sequencing as a biomonitoring tool. I have previously studied the impact of crude oil on marine microbial communities, and the nitrogen and carbon cycles of the oceans. My research is characterized by a dual approach, a) looking at the processes occurring in the ecosystem by applying chemical and stable isotope analysis and, b) targeting the microbial communities involved in these processes by in-depth molecular analysis (e.g. high throughput sequencing techniques) and subsequent bioinformatics/data analysis.

Research projects:

  • Microbiology: the missing link in benthic foraminiferal ecology. (Postdoctoral researcher: Funded by the Academy of Finland, 2014-2019).
  • Next generation tool for environmental assessment. (Postdoctoral researcher: Funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-2018).

Myrsini’s profile in the University of Helsinki research portal.

Postdoctoral Researcher. Funded by Academy of Finland.

My work focuses on the applications of high-throughput sequencing in benthic ecosystem monitoring surveys in the Baltic Sea. Previously I worked as a postdoc at the Universities of Vienna (Division of Microbial Ecology) and Edinburgh (UK Centre for Astrobiology), where my research topics included single-cell microbiology and the habitability of extreme ecosystems. I also have a continuing interest in research into the environmental impacts and fate of microplastics. I have served on the European Commission-funded AstRoMap European Astrobiology Roadmap Panel, a Defra Technical Advisory Group focusing on the biodegradability of plastic waste.

Research project:

  • Next generation tool for environmental assessment. (Postdoctoral researcher: Funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-2018).

 Jesse’s profile in the University of Helsinki research portal.

Docent, Academy Research Fellow.

I am a specialist in the aquatic nitrogen cycle, having extensively studied denitrification, anammox, nitrification and DNRA in sediments and water columns both in freshwaters and in the Baltic Sea. Currently my focus is on the factors affecting the production and consumption of nitrous oxide and methane in aquatic ecosystems. The work includes water column and sediment studies in coastal and offshore areas of the Baltic Sea.

Examples of research projects:

  • Biogeochemical links between eutrophication and climate change in the Baltic Sea. (PI: Funded by the Academy of Finland, 2013-2018).
  • BONUS COCOA - Nutrient cocktail in coastal zones of the Baltic Sea – improving understanding of the transformation and retention of nutrients and organic matter in the coastal zone. (Co-PI: funded jointly by the EU and the Academy of Finland, 2014-2017).

Susanna’s profile in the University of Helsinki research portal and Susanna’s profile in Google Scholar.

Academy Research Fellow. Funded by Academy of Finland.

My work is focused on the interface of ecology and biogeochemistry, investigating how benthic (micro)organisms influence oxygen dynamics, and nutrient and carbon cycling in sediments. My research to date has focused on understanding of biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem dynamics in low-oxygen marine settings, such as oceanic Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs), as well as survival strategies of single celled eukaryotes (benthic foraminifera) in these hostile environments. In addition to benthic ecology and biogeochemistry, my previous projects have included aspects of paleoenvironmental research and development of foraminiferal paleoindicators, or proxies. Thus my work connects modern day aquatic biogeochemistry to long-term elemental cycles on Earth.

Examples of current research projects:

  • Microbiology: the missing link in benthic foraminiferal ecology. (PI: Funded by the Academy of Finland, 2014-2019).
  • Next generation tool for environmental assessment. (PI: Funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-2018).

Karoliina’s profile in the University of Helsinki research portal.

University lecturer in littoral ecology at the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Aquatic Sciences, University of Helsinki.

My research interests cover various aspects in littoral/ benthic ecosystems, including biodiversity, community ecology and marine processes in the Baltic Sea. I have been working on four main themes, including (1) marginal populations – especially algae – focusing on phylogenetics, genetic diversity, population structure and taxonomy, (2) using molecular tools, I have been studying aquatic microbial communities, especially the community dynamics of sediment microbes, (3) my old interest in littoral primary productivity is now addressed in the framework of climate change, and (4) practical uses of macroalgae as biofuels, fertilizers and in reducing eutrophication.

Elina’s profile in the University of Helsinki research portal.

Adj. prof. (retired).

I work mainly with vision in arthropods, using electrophysiological recordings. My current project, “Modes and time scales of eye adaptation to changing environments in Arctic and glacial-relict mysid shrimps”, is funded by the Academy of Finland and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. The project is a collaboration between Helsinki University and the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. I am a convener and organizer of the international Visionarium Symposium for vision researchers, which is organized yearly in Tvärminne since 2002. I teach a course of Aquatic ecophysiology, part of which is focuses on how animals break the diffuse boundary layer between sediment and water, and how this bioturbation affects the oxygen profiles in sediment. Recording of endogenous rhythms and animal migrations in gradients belong to my interests.

Magnus’ profile in the University of Helsinki research portal.

PhD. Funded by Onni Talas Foundation.

My research focuses on understanding the potential impacts of climate change on coastal macroalgae, in particular the Bladder Wrack, Fucus Vesiculosus, which is a foundation species in the hard bottom substrates in Northern Baltic Sea. In the Baltic Sea, climate change has been forecasted to cause elevated temperature, declining salinity, increasing eutrophication and ocean acidification, which have been predicted to have adverse effects on foundation species such as F. vesiculosus. I am investigating the effects of these different drivers on F. vesiculosus in experimental settings.

Research projects:

  • Assessing the impacts of climate change on Baltic Sea macroalgae. (PhD project, funded by University of Helsinki and Onni Talas Foundation).
  • Seasonal ecophysiology of the Bladder Wrack Fucus vesiculosus in the Northern Baltic Sea. (Funded by Walter & André de Nottbeck’s Foundation).

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