Professor in Plant Ecology
I am a versatile plant ecologist with a love for fieldwork and mathematical methods. My current interest is on the long term effects of disturbances on forests and the interactions of plants, roots and inland waters as well as on large scale variations ecological processes (using big data). In addition, I have an interest in biochar as a tool to improve the environment.
Faculty of Science and Forestry, Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences
+358 50 596 8481
My mission is to make students think about ecology and to acquire the skills to solve problems. I am presently mainly teaching in three courses. I like to talk less in courses than on the coffee table so I attempt to develop active and problem-based approaches in teaching.
The course “Philosophy and History of Biology” investigates how knowledge is acquired. We try to understand what is scientific knowledge. We discuss what is the difference between scientific knowledge and pseudoscience. Philosophical, moral and religious consequences of the theory of evolution are addressed.
Summer School in Plant Ecology (Nothern Ecosystems and Climate Change) addresses responses of Northern Ecosystems to climate change. I address the scaling of environmental impacts from the leaf to the landscape using different remote sensing and other tools.
My other teaching is in Finnish.
Zhu, Xudan; Chen, Liang; Pumpanen, Jukka; Keinänen, Markku; Laudon, Hjalmar; Ojala, Anne; Palviainen, Marjo; Kiirikki, Mikko; Neitola, Kimmo; Berninger, Frank. 2021. Assessment of a portable UV-Vis spectrophotometer's performance in remote areas: Stream water DOC, Fe content and spectral data Data in brief 35: 106747. 2021
Palviainen, Marjo; Aaltonen, Heidi; Laurén, Ari; Köster, Kajar; Berninger, Frank; Ojala, Anne; Pumpanen, Jukka. 2020. Biochar amendment increases tree growth in nutrient-poor, young Scots pine stands in Finland Forest ecology and management 474: 118362. 2020
Zhu, Xudan; Zhu, Tingting; Pumpanen, Jukka; Palviainen, Marjo; Zhou, Xuan; Kulmala, Liisa; Bruckman, Viktor J; Köster, Egle; Köster, Kajar; Aaltonen, Heidi; Makita, Naoki; Wang, Yixiang; Berninger, Frank. 2020. Short-term effects of biochar on soil CO2 efflux in boreal Scots pine forests Annals of forest science 77 2: 59. 2020
Zhu, Xudan; Chen, Liang; Pumpanen, Jukka; Keinänen, Markku; Laudon, Hjalmar; Ojala, Anne; Palviainen, Marjo; Kiirikki, Mikko; Neitola, Kimmo; Berninger, Frank. 2020. Assessment of a portable UV-Vis spectrophotometer's performance for stream water DOC and Fe content monitoring in remote areas Talanta 2021; 224: 121919. 2020
Zhou, Xuan; Sun, Hui; Sietiö, Outi-Maaria; Pumpanen, Jukka; Heinonsalo, Jussi; Köster, Kajar; Berninger, Frank. 2020. Wildfire effects on soil bacterial community and its potential functions in a permafrost region of Canada Applied soil ecology 156: 103713. 2020
Brown, Hugh CA; Berninger, Frank A; Larjavaara, Markku; Appiah, Mark. 2020. Above-ground carbon stocks and timber value of old timber plantations, secondary and primary forests in southern Ghana Forest ecology and management 472: 118236. 2020
Ribeiro-Kumara, C; Pumpanen, J; Heinonsalo, J; Metslaid, M; Orumaa, A; Jõgiste, K; Berninger, F; Köster, K. 2020. Long-term effects of forest fires on soil greenhouse gas emissions and extracellular enzyme activities in a hemiboreal forest Science of the total environment 718: 135291. 2020
Zhang-Turpeinen, H; Kivimäenpää, M; Aaltonen, H; Berninger, F; Köster, E; Köster, K; Menyailo, O; Prokushkin, A; Pumpanen, J. 2020. Wildfire effects on BVOC emissions from boreal forest floor on permafrost soil in Siberia Science of the total environment 711: 134851. 2020
Palviainen, M; Lauren, A; Pumpanen, J; Bergeron, Y; Bond-Lamberty, B; Larjavaara, M; Kashian, DM; Koster, K; Prokushkin, A; Chen, HYH; Seedre, M; Wardle, DA; Gundale, MJ; Nilsson, MC; Wang, C; Berninger, F. 2020. Decadal-Scale Recovery of Carbon Stocks After Wildfires Throughout the Boreal Forests Global biogeochemical cycles 34 8: e2020GB006612. 2020
Mei, Tingting; Liu, Xiang; Fang, Dongming; Zhou, Guomo; Ye, Chongyu; Li, Pingheng; Shi, Yongjun; Du, Huaqiang; Berninger, Frank; Hölscher, Dirk. 2020. Spring Leafing Phenology Favors Younger Culms of Moso Bamboo: Aspects From Water Use Relations Frontiers in plant science 11: 550. 2020