My research focuses on sustainable, added-value use of wood and other nature-based materials. I am especially interested in forest derived biomass and its side-streams, especially for products with functional properties and long-term uses. I am also keen in understanding human-material interactions and carry out research on human wellbeing in built environments, for which the Living Lab at Hyytiälä Forest Station of the University of Helsinki provides a unique multidisciplinary platform.
Currently, I have responsibility for the module of wood material science for master studies in the Forest Ecology and Management study track (see below) and supervise doctoral, master, and bachelor theses on related topics.
I completed my doctor’s dissertation on the topic Spruce and pine on drained peatlands – wood quality and suitability for the sawmill industry. I am particularly interested in topics that combine basic research (wood properties) and applied research, i.e., the suitability of the raw material for different industrial uses.
At present, I am solely responsible for a few courses mainly at the bachelor’s level. In addition, I teach several courses with my colleagues, e.g., Basics in forest ecology and management and Field course in forest sciences: forest and wood technology. I also supervise bachelor’s and master’s theses and practical trainings (internships).
I am currently finalising my master's thesis at the Natural Resources Institute Finland on how Natural Disturbance-Based Forest Management affects the red squirrel. I am interested in sustainable use of forests. I am also interested in how to use primeval forests on teaching. I have completed Master of Science (Technology) degree with teachers’ qualifications. I have years of experience on teaching and organising education.
At my day-to-day work I plan and digitalise Wood Material Science's master courses for web, and administrate Wood Material Science Research Group's web page.
I am an architect with a focus on sustainable and circular practices in the built environment, particularly exploring the potential of local and natural building materials. I’m pursuing a doctoral degree within the Graduate School of Industrial Timber Construction at Tampere University, where I evaluate the potential of timber construction in the transition from a linear to a circular economy. At Helsinki University, I am renewing courses related to construction and integrating more circular economy thinking into them.
I am open to all kinds of collaboration that aim for increased circularity in the built environment.
I am a trained civil engineer (water & environmental systems focus) with years of experience working as an R&D lead in the applied fungal biotechnology sector in Finland. Currently, I am a doctoral researcher for FUNgSULATION project under supervision of Tuula Jyske, Kirsi Mikkonen and Pauliina Lankinen. In FUNgSULATION, our approach is to explore the potential of fungi to biotransform paludicultural biomass fractions into value added thermoacoustic insulative biobased materials.
I am passionate about nature-based solutions and ecosystem rehabilitation and I am open to discuss and connect about all things fungi, soil, water and carbon.
Working title: “What do we like in wood? – sensory perception of wood material attributes.”
Master student, Kiia Roininen, Moisture in CLT
Master student, Hiljahenna Tomminen, Heat treatment of beech
Master student, Emilia Rosenborg, Effects of the built environment and wooden buildings on well-being
Master student, Markus Malinen, Specialty wood market in Finland
Master student, Valtteri Kutvonen, Indoor air measurements as part of the monitoring of perceived and measured well-being in Hyytiälä living lab
Master student, Jenna Frantsi, Alternative fiber raw materials in the production of insulation solutions – how will the market and patent field develop, what do customers (B2B) and consumers expect?
Bachelor student, Rautavirta Vesa, From dust to value - insulation materials.
Bachelor student, Pauliina Piilola, The potential of saliva biomarkers in monitoring human stress load in built environments
Research assistant, Pauliina Piilola, Use of saliva biomarkers as part of the Healing interiors pilot