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SpatialEco Research Group

 

SpatialEco Research Group is a multidisciplinary research team with broad research interests. We aim to understand how to reconcile biodiversity conservation with increasing demands of natural resources in boreal landscapes under intensive management. We try to identify the ecological, economic and functional values of the landscape, which should be taken into account in planning and decision-making.

See our publication highlights here.

Group members

PI, team leader

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Mikko Mönkkönen

My main research interests include community ecology, conservation and management of boreal biodiversity forest for maintaining biodiversity and providing ecosystem services. Major focus is also on cost-efficiency of conservation practices (i.e. ecological economics). Because of my background in bird community and behavioural ecology my second focus is on species interactions and among-species information use. These studies also have applied aspects in conservation and management of animal populations and communities at multiple spatial scales.

Postdoctoral researchers

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Dmitry Podkopaev

My main theoretical research area is Multiple-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), in particular Multi-objective Optimization, discrete / combinatorial algorithms, preference modeling. My applied research relate to introducing MCDM methods into environmental studies, industry, management and public policy making.

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María Triviño

My research interests include a wide range of topics related to conservation biology and biogeography. My PhD thesis was focused on the impacts of global change on birds in the Iberian Peninsula. I am currently studying the ecosystems services provided by boreal forests, such as carbon storage/sequestration, collectable natural goods (mushrooms and wild berries) and recreational values.

PhD students

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Adriano Mazziotta

My PhD project is mainly focused on the effects of climate change and forest management on the biodiversity of boreal forest. I employ an ecosystem model simulating the dynamics of forest stands to answer different questions: how dead wood dynamics will change under alternative climate/management scenarios? In what way conservation actions should be allocated in the landscape for biodiversity conservation under climate change? Is it possible to predict the future biodiversity hotspots under climate change? My studies are also dealing with defining optimal joint production of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the boreal forest. My supervisors are Mikko Mönkkönen and Janne S. Kotiaho.

Matti

Matti Häkkilä

My research covers conservation ecology of communities at local and macroecological scales. I am mainly interested in the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on bird communities in boreal forests both in Finland and North America. Also the ability of current protected areas network to maintain biodiversity is one of my subjects. My supervisors are Prof. Mikko Mönkkönen from University of Jyväskylä and Prof. Gerald J. Niemi from University of Minnesota Duluth.

MSc students

Emmi

Emmi Nguyen

My main interests are forest ecology, forest management and conservation biology. In my Master’s Thesis I study ecosystem services in boreal forests.

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Maiju Peura

My main field of interests are management of boreal forest biodiversity, social and environmental values of forests and conservation biology.

Former members

Postdoctoral researchers

Pasi Reunanen

 

Jean-Michel Roberge

http://www.alg-forskning.se/default.asp?pageid=32132

PhD students

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Merja Elo

I’m broadly interested in the topics related to macroecology and conservation biology, my main focus being the mechanistic basis of species diversity patterns, and how anthropogenic disturbance may disrupt them. My PhD Thesis dealt with large scale determinants (area, energy, habitat heterogeneity) of species richness of birds, vascular plants and Odonata, and currently I’m concentrating on bryophyte and vascular plant community similarities in drained versus pristine mires.

PhD thesis: Perspectives on variation in species richness: area, energy and habitat heterogeneity

https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/26646

Eija Hurme

PhD thesis: Ecological knowledge towards sustainable forest management: habitat requirements of the Siberian flying squirrel in Finland

http://herkules.oulu.fi/isbn9789514289392/

Anne Laita

Anne Laita

PhD thesis: Conservation in space

https://www.jyu.fi/en/news/archive/2012/01/tiedote-2012-01-13-08-40-51-748167

Petri Lampila

PhD thesis: Populations and communities in human modified forest landscapes

http://jultika.oulu.fi/Record/isbn978-951-42-9715-1

Jonna

Jonna Timonen

PhD thesis: Woodland key habitats : a key to effective conservation of forest biodiversity?

https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/27009

Main collaborators

Artti Juutinen

http://www.metla.fi/pp/7100/index-en.htm

Olli-Pekka Tikkanen

University of Joensuu

Kaisa Miettinen

IT Faculty, University of Jyväskylä: http://users.jyu.fi/~miettine/

Mikko Kurttila

http://www.metla.fi/pp/MKur/

Lena Gustafsson

SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), Uppsala

http://www.slu.se/en/faculties/nl/about-the-faculty/departments/department-of-ecology/hemsidor/gustafsson-lena/