Jani Heino (Principal Investigator)
The group leader, Dr. Jani Heino, received his doctoral degree from the University of Jyväskylä in 2002. He currently works in the Finnish Environment Institute. He is in the editorial boards of Ecography, Journal of Biogeography and Journal of Applied Ecology. Out of office hours, he loves observing natural phenomena, likes walking a chow chow, enjoys listening to progressive metal music, and sometimes spends too much time with holistic strategy games. Email:
Annika Vilmi (Researcher)
Annika did her PhD thesis on the biodiversity of multiple taxonomic groups in lakes and received her doctoral degree from the University of Oulu in 2017. Her current research focuses on human impacts on freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem condition. Email:
Kirsti Leinonen (Doctoral student)
Kirsti graduated from the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Helsinki in 2008. She is working in the project on subarctic streams, with emphasis on examining differences in populations, communities and ecosystem processes among main stream types in the Könkämäeno and Tenojoki drainage basins in subarctic Europe. Email:
Marja Lindholm (Doctoral student)
Marja graduated from the Department of Geography of the University of Oulu in 2015. Her current studies focus on ecological patterns of aquatic macrophyte communities. Marja works at the Geography Research Unit's Physical Geography Research Group in the University of Oulu. Email:
Hanna-Maija Toivanen (Doctoral student)
Maija graduated from the Geography Research Unit of the University of Oulu. Her PhD thesis will focus on the biodiversity-geodiversity relationships in lake environments. Maija works at the Geography Research Unit's Physical Geography Research Group in the University of Oulu. Email:
Saara Luukkonen (MSc student)
Saara examines the ecological uniqueness of macrophyte floras across Europe and North America. Saara is a student at the Geography Research Unit of the University of Oulu.
Petteri Vehviläinen (MSc student)
Petteri studies if and how headwater stream assemblages can be used as surrogates for mainstem assemblages in biomonitoring of riverine ecosystems. Petteri is a student at the University of Jyväskylä.