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Liisa Maanavilja

  • PL 27 (Latokartanonkaari 7), 326

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

20082016
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Description of research and teaching

In my scientific life, I am interested in ecosystem functioning and, in particular, peatlands. Currently I am working on a PhD on restoration of drained boreal spruce swamp forests.

Spruce swamp forests have been restored in Finland since the 1990s by filling the ditches. This should restore the original hydrology and tree stand structure, while the ultimate restoration goal is a functional ecosystem that can maintain viable populations of its characteristic species. In my PhD thesis I quantify restoration success by comparing sites with different number of years since restoration to pristine and drained sites, using variables on ecosystem structure and functioning. The study of restoration succession provides information for practical restoration, while it is also an opportunity to study patterns of ecosystem functioning, structure and diversity after disturbance for a more general context.

My PhD work is funded by the graduate school GSForest. I am involved in two larger projects lead by Finnish Environment Institute: "Restoration of forests on mineral and peat soil as a measure for nature conservation management and preservation of biological diversity (2010-2011)" and "Evaluation of ecosystem services from mires and peatlands (2010-2012)".

I cooperate with scientists studying restored mires in the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic; I conducted my peat microbial activity measurements with them in their laboratory in Ceske Budejovice in Sept-Dec 2010. I have participated in the supervision of two interns and am currently involved in supervising one Master student.

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry

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

Publications 2008 2016

  • 6 Conference contribution
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Master's thesis

Impact of drainage and hydrological restoration on vegetation structure in boreal spruce swamp forests

Maanavilja, L., Aapala, K., Haapalehto, T., Kotiaho, J. S. & Tuittila, E-S., 2014, In : Forest Ecology and Management. 330, p. 115-125 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Photosynthetic traits of Sphagnum and feather moss species in undrained, drained and rewetted boreal spruce swamp forests

Kangas, L., Maanavilja, L., Hajek, T., Juurola, E., Chimner, R. A., Mehtatalo, L. & Tuittila, E-S., Feb 2014, In : Ecology and Evolution. 4, 4, p. 381-396 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Spatial variation in CO2 exchange at a northern aapa mire

Maanavilja, L., Riutta, T., Aurela, M., Pulkkinen, M., Laurila, T. & Tuittila, E-S., 2011, In : Biogeochemistry. 104, p. 325-345

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

High methane emissions from restored Norway spruce swamps in southern Finland over one growing season

Koskinen, M., Maanavilja, L. M., Nieminen, M., Minkkinen, K. & Tuittila, E-S., 28 Feb 2016, In : Mires and Peat. 17, 13 p., 02.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Rewetting of drained boreal spruce swamp forests results in rapid recovery of Sphagnum production

Maanavilja, L., Kangas, L., Mehtatalo, L. & Tuittila, E-S., Oct 2015, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 52, 5, p. 1355-1363 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2010 2015

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

Soiden ja turvemaiden ekosysteemipalveluiden arviointi ja arvottaminen

Aapala, K., Tuittila, E., Maanavilja, L., Tukia, H., Heikkilä, R., Sallantaus, T., Saaristo, L., Horne, P., Kniivilä, M. & Kettunen, M.

01/06/2010 → …

Project: Research project

Activities 2008 2014

  • 16 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 1 Academic visit at UH
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

9th European Conference on Ecological Restoration

Liisa Maanavilja (Speaker: Presenter)
3 Aug 20148 Aug 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

56th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS2013)

Liisa Maanavilja (Speaker: Presenter)
26 Jun 201330 Jun 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Post-symposium course in R for community assembly analyses

Liisa Maanavilja (Attendee)
1 Jul 20132 Jul 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Multivariate Analysis of Ecological Data (course)

Liisa Maanavilja (Attendee)
23 Jan 20131 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Joint British Ecological Society and IUCN UK Peatland Programme Symposium 2012: Investing in Peatlands - Demonstrating Success

Liisa Maanavilja (Poster Presentation)
26 Jun 201228 Jun 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Soukonkorven ennallistaminen: Kuivatettu suo herätettiin henkiin

Liisa Maanavilja

10/07/2012

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Soukonkorven ennallistaminen: Kuivatettu suo herätettiin henkiin

Liisa Maanavilja

10/07/2012

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media