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  • PL 27 (Latokartanonkaari 7)

    00014

    Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biokeskus 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

1979 …2021
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Professor of Peatland Forestry at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland since 2006. As mires and peatlands cover 1/3 of the land area of Finland and half of them have been drained for forestry, it is important to have teaching and research on the various aspects of these ecosystems – both in pristine stage and drained. My research area is biogeochemistry, especially carbon and nutrient dynamics in peat soils and ecosystems in relation to environmental changes and management – both in our boreal region and in the humid tropics in Indonesia. I have peat mosses (genus Sphagnum L.) as my special area inside bryophytes.

I have worked for most of my life at the university, starting as research assistant. My short visits outside the university have been in communal environmental administration and in NGOs.

Besides journal articles I also have edited or written over 30 books – most for teaching purposes. For more information see ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

"Mires and peatlands are peculiar habitats but typical for our boreal climate. However, there are mires in all climate zones except the extreme Arctic and Antarctic regions. Mires and peatlands are fascinating ecosystems between water and uplands where organic matter tends to accumulate due to waterlogged and poorly aerated conditions. They have high ecological, economical and social values."

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1979 2019

Vegetation relations in the border regions of NE Finland and Russian Karelia: A review of Wainio (1878)

Kaila, A. & Vasander, H., 2011, In : Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 26, S10, p. 65-71 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Comparison of Vegetation and CO2 Dynamics Between a Restored Cut-Away Peatland and a Pristine Fen: Evaluation of the Restoration Success

Soini, P., Riutta, T., Yli-Petays, M. & Vasander, H., 2010, In : Restoration Ecology. 18, p. 894-903 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Lehtikuusen alla: matka itäisen Karjalan luontoon ja kulttuuriin

Ojanen, P. (ed.), Vanhatalo, A. (ed.), Niemelä, P. (ed.) & Vasander, H. (ed.), 2010, Helsinki: Helsingin yliopiston metsätieteiden laitos. 212 p. (Helsingin yliopiston metsätieteiden laitoksen julkaisuja; no. 1)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Post-restoration development of organic carbon and nutrient leaching from two ecohydrologically different peatland sites

Koskinen, M., Sallantaus, T. & Vasander, H., 2011, In : Ecological Engineering. 37, 7, p. 1008-1016

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Integrating fire-scar, charcoal and fungal spore data to study fire events in the boreal forest of northern Europe

Stivrins, N., Aakala, T., Ilvonen, L., Pasanen, L., Kuuluvainen, T., Vasander, H., Galka, M., Disbrey, H. R., Liepins, J., Holmstrom, L. & Seppa, H., Sep 2019, In : Holocene. 29, 9, p. 1480-1490 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 1999 2021

Peatland Ecology Group in the University of Helsinki (PEATLANDERS)

Badorek, T., Jauhiainen, J., Juottonen, H., Juutinen, S., Kaila, A., Kojola, S., Koskinen, M., Kotiaho, M., Laiho, R., Laine, A., Lampela, M., Larmola, T., Leppälä, M., Maanavilja, L., Minkkinen, K., Mäkiranta, P., Ojanen, P., Pearson, M., Peltoniemi, K., Putkinen, A., Riutta, T. E., Sarkkola, S., Seppä, H., Sipilä, T., Straková , P., Tuittila, E., Ťupek, B., Vasander, H., Väliranta, M., Yli-Petäys, M. & Yrjälä, K.

23/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Restoration Impact on Tropical Peat Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics (RETROPEAT)

Vasander, H., Jauhiainen, J., Lampela, M. & Könönen, M.

01/09/201131/08/2015

Project: Research project

Prizes

Alfred Kordelinin säätiön palkinto

Harri Vasander (Recipient), 6 Nov 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

Best teacher in the Department of Forest Sciences

Harri Vasander (Recipient), Apr 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards

Best teacher in the Department of Forest Sciences 2016

Harri Vasander (Recipient), 26 Apr 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Honorary Membership of Finnish Peatland Society

Harri Vasander (Recipient), Nov 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1991 2019

Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki (External organisation)

Harri Vasander (Board member)
1 Jan 201031 Dec 2010

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

Vastaväittäjä

Harri Vasander (Opponent)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Matkanjohtaja

Harri Vasander (Participant)
15 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Press / Media

Suoluontoilta Torronsuolla

Harri Vasander & Raija Laiho

04/09/2019

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview as a mire specialist in TV1 Facta

Harri Vasander

26/11/2010

1 media contribution

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Interview about new nature trail in Nummela

Harri Vasander

23/10/2010

1 media contribution

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Interview about new nature trail in Nummela

Harri Vasander

20/10/2010

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Fenland - Finland, interview as mire specialist in national TV

Harri Vasander

28/11/2008

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media