Claire Treat (

My general research interests are in environmental science, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and wetland ecology. I’m interested in the effects of changing climate, such as warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, longer thawed seasons, and shifts in vegetation, on ecosystem processes and emissions of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide and methane) from peatlands and permafrost soils. I pair experimental and observational analyses with data synthesis and modeling to develop a broad, landscape-scale understanding of controls on regional carbon cycling that can be used to improve the quantification of carbon-climate feedbacks.

Evan Wilcox (

I am a visiting PhD candidate from the Cold Regions Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My PhD work focuses on the hydrology of thermokarst lakes in the western Canadian Arctic. More specifically, I am investigating how lake and landscape properties cause variability in lake water balances. I measure lake water balance in two ways: directly using water level recorders, and indirectly using water isotope samples taken from lakes. Isotope sampling allows me to see how different water sources, such as rainfall and snowmelt runoff, contribute to lake water balances. For lakes where water balance measurements are taken, lake and watershed characteristics are quantified using remote sensing data and GIS techniques. By comparing lake water balance data with lake and watershed characteristics, the general hydrological behaviour of lakes will be more easily estimated based on easily quantifiable lake and watershed characteristics. This is relevant for future industrial development in the area and for predicting future changes to lake levels as the Arctic warms.

Forest ecosystem modelling

Several mechanistic models are developed in the research group

+ Peatland simulator SUSI – optimization of drainage, forest growth and yield, nutrient and carbon balance of peatland forests, nutrient export to water courses

+ Plantation simulator – nutrient management of plantation forests, fertilization, peatland plantation carbon balance and subsidence

+ NutSpaFHy – distributed nutrient balance model for assessing nutrient exports to water courses

+ Tropical peatland tools: canal block optimization for landscape-scale restoration, hydrological models

+SuoSima – Forest production and carbon balance in boreal peatlands

Jeremy Smith (

I carry out research on the recent and contemporary history on the countries of the Former Soviet Union. At present, there is an especial emphasis on the five countries of Central Asia. My research interests range from very specific, localized events and their impacts, to broad understandings of the interactions of time and space and the legacies of empires and long-distance trade routes on peripheral landscapes. My current projects involve work on post-Soviet borders, the role concern for ethnic Russians in neighbouring countries plays in Russian policy making, and constitutional arrangements and understandings of national minority rights in new post-Imperial countries.

Mariana Verdonen (

I am a PhD student in Physical Geography with the specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing. In my PhD project, I focus on optical, multi-temporal and multiscale remote sensing of environmental changes in Arctic and Subarctic areas. My scientific interests are generally in geomorphology, permafrost-landscape dynamics and remote sensing of the Cryosphere.

Research Group on Forest Ecology and Biodiversity

Our research focuses on the patterns of biodiversity and the dynamics of the boreal forest ecosystems. The studies aim at understanding how biodiversity is linked with the ecosystem dynamics and how natural disturbances and forest management affect biodiversity.

In particular, we explore how landscape properties and forest succession differ between managed and natural boreal forests, and how these differences are reflected upon ecosystem characteristics and their species assemblages. The studies aim at facilitating ecologically sound forestry and conservation practises. Both ecological and economical aspects are covered in the studies.

The work is done in close collaboration with students, associates and colleagues from several Finnish and international universities and research institutes.

Rijal Ramdani (

Rijal Ramdani is a PhD researcher at Responsive Natural Resources Governance (RNRG)-Research Group, University of Eastern Finland. In autumn 2018, he started his PhD work under the supervision of Dr Irmeli Mustalahti. His PhD articles were out in the Journal of Land Use Science and Forest Policy and Economics. By Autumn 2019, he conducted his second stage fieldwork study in Indonesia, mainly around the biosphere conservation of Giam Siak Bukti Batu (GSBB) Sumatra islands. Currently, he is working with the third and fourth articles of his PhD work relating to collaborative everyday adaptation and the scoping review of collaborative tools and methods in landscape governance.


The main aim of the project is to enhance landscape awareness and collaborative governance of cultural and natural landscapes through innovative learning interventions in higher education. The partners of the consortium are willing to tackle the question, how actors and stakeholders can collaborate into the governance of a landscape. Special concern will be attended for empowering methods to carry out collaborative planning and for improving the communication flow between local and regional authorities, environmental planners and managers, NGOs and citizens.

The project is developing and enhancing partnerships and innovation between HE institutions, organizations on the field of landscape planning and management, environmental NGOs and citizens. The activities of the project will take place in four countries in Europe (Italy, Spain, Netherlands and Finland). Partners are going to cooperate closely with each other and with regional and international networks and other stakeholders.