Bruce C. Forbes, Research Professor
Prof. Forbes has a background in applied ecology and geography in northern high latitudes, with special emphasis on permafrost regions. His experience is circumpolar, encompassing studies of rapid land use and climate change in Alaska, the Canadian High Arctic, various regions of northern Russia, and northernmost Fennoscandia. His approach is strongly interdisciplinary and participatory, aiming for the co-production of knowledge, particularly concerning local and regional stakeholder-driven research questions. He has conducted fieldwork annually in the Arctic for the past 30 years.
Jukka Jokimäki, Senior Scientist
Studing the effects of large-scale human impacts on animal communities and adaptation of northern populations on changing environmental conditions. Main research is focused on the effects of urbanization, forestry and tourism on bird communities, populations and individuals. Leading the Environmental impact assessment and nature inventory services at the Arctic Centre.
Marja-Liisa Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki, Scientist
Studying the effects of large-scale human impacts on animal, particularly bird communities and adaptation of northern populations to changing environmental conditions; effects of urbanization, waterpower construction, forestry and tourism on bird communities, populations and individuals. Researcher at the Environmental Impact Assessment and Nature Inventory Services of the Arctic Centre.
Asta Kietäväinen, Post-Doctoral Scientist
Asta Kietäväinen has background in agriculture (M.Sc. Agr. & For. 1988) and sociology (D. Soc.Sc. 2009). Her expertise covers various fields of rural sociology ranging from sustainable development, new livelihoods e.g. nature-based tourism, tourism adapting to climate change, and different aspects of reindeer herding. At present she is working in the GovAda-project.
Mari Kuoppamaa, Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD
Mari Kuoppamaa works as a palaeoecologist in GLOB and has a doctoral degree in Quaternary geology. Her current research interests include the signal of reindeer herding in subfossil pollen and coprophilous fungal spore data. In her thesis she used palynological methods, GIS and modeling techniques to investigate the land-use driven vegetation changes in northern Finland. RISES Project
Åsa Larsson Blind, Researcher
Inkeri Markkula, Researcher
Inkeri Markkula has background in ecology, environmental science and cultural studies. Her research interests include indigenous, traditional and local ecological knowledge, knowledge co-production and impacts of climate warming on Sub-Arctic soil ecosystems. Currently she works in BuSK –project
Nina Messthyb, Researcher
John Moore, Professor
John Moore's research topics are: past sea level change and prediction; natural and anthropogenic climate forcing; impacts of extreme events, and geoengineering scenarios. Developing new advanced statistical methods for time series analysis, with the aim of a mechanistic understanding of the climate system. Extraction of paleoclimate information from physical and chemical analysis of Arctic and Antarctic ice cores. Geophysical field work and computer modelling of glacier flow and evolution. Early work on the development of a theoretical basis for electrical conduction in ice as function of chemical impurities, followed by radar studies of Svalbard polythermal glaciers.
Susanna Pirnes, PhD Candidate
Project coordinator (HUMANOR).
Russian Arctic policy, Russian Arctic science policy, history of the Russian North, memory politics, identity politics
Osmo Rätti, Senior scientist, PhD
Osmo Rätti a long research background in northern and arctic ecology. His main research interest in recent years has been different aspects of grouse population ecology. Especially, He has studied the impact of parasites and diseases on population density changes of grouse. Also, he is Vice Director of the Arctic Centre.
Focus of Research: Population ecology, Causes of grouse population fluctuations, Sustainable harvesting of grouse populations, Parasite-vector-host interaction (blood parasites, black flies, grouse),
Habitat fragmentation and population genetics of grouse, Epidemiology of viruses in birds.
Jukka Similä, Research Professor
Jukka’s research has focused on European and domestic environmental law generally and particularly questions related to resources, biodiversity, and pollution. In these areas he has considered diverse problems related to regulation theory with the general aim to understand how regulation could be improved to solve or mitigate environmental problems. Before he joined to the University of Lapland year 2014, he was leading Environmental Governance Studies group at Finnish Environment Institute.
Päivi Soppela, Senior Scientist
Päivi Soppela has background in biology and zoology (ecological physiology). She is Docent of adaptation biology at the University of Oulu. Her projects address adaptation of animals, humans and livelihoods to arctic conditions and global change, including climate change. The projects are multidisciplinary and include participation of local people and practitioners. Her ongoing research is related to adaptation of reindeer and local breeds of cattle and horse to the arctic environment and resilience of these species and their livelihoods. She has long-term experience in research, teaching and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students in arctic questions, especially in reindeer herding and reindeer biology.
Sari Stark, Senior Scientist
Sari Stark investigates soil carbon and nitrogen cycling in tundra ecosystems and boreal and subarctic forests with special emphasis on soil decomposer microorganisms that are responsible for litter and soil organic matter decomposition. Recently the focus has been in studying effects of global change on northern ecosystems at different levels of grazing intensity, and how plant and soil responses interact to form ecosystem carbon balance that links back to global climate.
Minna Turunen, Senior Scientists
Minna Turunen has background in biology and ecological botany. Her projects during the past ten years have been multidisciplinary and encompassed not only scientific knowledge e.g. in biology, anthropology and geophysics, but also viewpoints of local people including reindeer herders. These studies have focussed on the effects of climate change on reindeer pastures and reindeer herding, and adaptation strategies and capacity of herders to cumulative impacts of climate, environment and socio-economical changes.
Anna-Liisa Ylisirniö, Senior Scientist
Anna-Liisa Ylisirniö has a background in population biology and ecology, her current research focusing on biodiversity in boreal forest ecosystems. Her ongoing projects investigate the effects of different forest management methods on diversity of saproxylic species, especially the effects of new forest management methods on species diversity of wood-decomposing fungi and epiphytic lichens. She has also studied e.g. land use conflicts in northern regions.
Henni Ylänne, PhD Candidate
In my PhD project I’m looking how reindeer grazing affects local ecosystem responses to global warming. I’m especially interested in the carbon cycle, CO2 -fluxes and vegetation dynamics. Within this project we are surveying the impact of grazing and warming by resampling old study plots and with experimental set-ups in Northern Finland and Norway. Currently I’m working in the premises of the University of Oulu.
Pentti Zetterberg, Researcher
Markku Vierelä, Project coordinator
Henri Wallén, Project worker