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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Education

  • MMT (=Doctoral degree), 1993, University of Helsinki, Finland, Agricultural Chemistry and Physics. Title of the Dissertation: Plant-availability of soil and fertilizer zinc in cultivated soils of Finland.
  • Master of Science, 1989, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA, Soil Science
  • MMM (Masters degree), 1982 , University of Helsinki, Finland, Agricultural Chemistry and Physics

Employment

  • Professor of Environmental Soil Science, Department of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology, University of Helsinki, 2/2007- (current position)
  • Acting professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Physics/ Environmental Soil Science, Department of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology, University of Helsinki, 9/2005-1/2007.
  • University of Helsinki: professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry 9 – 12/2000
  • Senior Researcher, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, permanent position 6/1996-1/2007. 
  • University of Helsinki: teacher, researcher, 8/1992 – 5/1996
  • Kemira Oy, Espoo research centre: researcher and senior researcher, 3/1984 – 7/1992
  • University of Helsinki: various duties, 11/1982 – 2/1984

Referee of manuscripts for the following journals

Journal of Environmental Quality

Journal of the Total Environment

Australian Journal of Soil Research

Geoderma

Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica

Water Science and Technology

Suo - Peat and Mires

Water, Air and Soil Pollution

Agricultural and Food Science (in Finland)

Boreal Environment Research

Description of research and teaching

Description of research and teaching

My research concentrates on the management of acid sulfate soils, particularly the effect of water management on the release of acidity and behavior of metals in these soils. The sites include coastal acid sulfate soils and a former peat mining area where oxidation of black schists is the source of acidity.

Other research topics include soil classification according to the World Reference Base (WRB) system. I am involved in compiling and updating of the soil map of Finland.  I am also involved in projects on soil phosphorus. These include a project on long-term phosphorus fertilization and on processes of phosphorus in the sediment of a constructed wetland with the aim of finding out what to do with the dredged sediment material. I have also some activity on sustainable use of tropical soils, more accurately management of Ethiopian soils.  

My teaching includes the following courses: 1) Principles of soil fertility and plant nutrition (BSc level) and 2) Pedogenesis and soil classification (MSc level). I also participate in teaching soil issues in the principles of crop production course and parts of soil chemistry in the Advanced Soil Science course.

Fields of Science

  • 411 Agriculture and forestry
  • 4111 Agronomy
  • 415 Other agricultural sciences
  • soil science
  • soil analysis
  • soil classification
  • soil fertility
  • acid sulphate soils

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

Publications 1984 2019

Havaintoja vivianiittia sisältävästä maaprofiilista Vaalassa

Translated title of the contribution: Observations of a soil profile containing vivianiteYli-Halla, M. J. & Suomela, R., 25 Mar 2019, In : ePooki : Oulun seudun ammattikorkeakoulun tutkimus- ja kehitystyön julkaisut. 2019, 14, 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

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Märkyyden merkit Suomen viljelymaissa

Translated title of the contribution: Morphological signs of wetness in agricultural soils of FinlandYli-Halla, M. J., 25 Jan 2019, In : Vesitalous. 60, 1, p. 36-38

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Processed agrifood residues for phosphorus recycling in the field

Mäkelä, J. J., Ketoja, E., Kuisma, M. T., Salo, T., Yli-Halla, M. J. & Kahiluoto, H., 15 May 2019, In : Field Crops Research. 238, p. 93-112

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Effects of lime, vermicompost, and chemical P fertilizer on selected properties of acid soils at Ebantu District, Western highlands of Ethiopia

Bekele, A., Kibret, K., Bedadi, B., Yli-Halla, M. J. & Balemi, T., 3 Jul 2018, In : Applied and Environmental Soil Science. 2018, 13 p., 8178305.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2000 2018

Science of Sustainable Agriculture (SSA)

Ahokas, J., Alakukku, L., Alitalo, A., Bouquet, A., Chen, L., Egilmez, P., Elo, K., Hakojärvi, M., Hartikainen, H., Hautala, M., Helenius, J., Hepola, H., Herzon, I., Hokkanen, H., Honkanen, A., Hytönen, T., Häggman, J., Jaakkola, S., Jauni, M., Jokela, V., Juga, J., Kallioniemi, M. K., Kenedy Etone, E., Keskinen, R., Khazaei, H., Kivelä, J., Knuutila, O., Kokkonen, T., Kostamo, K., Kuisma, R., Kymäläinen, H., Kärkkäinen, H., Laaksoharju, T., Laurila, H. A., Lehtimäki, M., Lehto, M. K., Levonmäki, M. M., Liinamo, A., Linden, L., Lizarazo Torres, C., Ma, M., Makgahlela, M., Mattila, P., Menzler-Hokkanen, I., Mikkola, H., Muma, E. N., Mäkelä, P., Määttä, J., Niemelä, T., Nykänen, A., Näsi, M., Ojala, M., Ooperi, S., Pakarinen, A., Palonen, P., Pastell, M., Peltovuori, T., Puustinen, M. S., Rantanen, M., Rappe, E., Rasa, K., Riesinger, P., Risku-Norja, H., Ristolainen, A. K., Roslin, T., Räty, M., Sairanen, J., Salin, S., Santanen, A., Seleiman, M. F., Seppänen, M., Siipola, V., Sillanpää, M., Simojoki, A., Soinne, H., Stoddard, F., Suontama, M., Säisä, M., Tallberg, P., Tammeorg, P., Tamminen, P., Tarmi, S., Teye, F. K., Tiusanen, J., Turakainen, M., Tuulos, A., Tyrisevä, A., Valkonen, J., Vanhatalo, A., Venäläinen, S., Virtanen, S., Yli-Halla, M., Ylivainio, K., Zec-Vojinovic, M. & Zou, L.

24/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Phosphorus sorption characteristics of upland soils of Ethiopia

Trunhe, A. M. & Yli-Halla, M.

01/03/201231/12/2012

Project: Research project

Activities 1997 2019

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues (Journal)

Markku Yli-Halla (Reviewer)
Aug 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Oral presentation: Maan fysikaalinen ja kemiallinen kasvukunto (two webinars)

Markku Yli-Halla (Speaker)
21 Mar 20191 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

X Maaperätieteiden päivät

Markku Yli-Halla (Speaker: Presenter)
9 Jan 201910 Jan 2019

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

Journal of Horticulture and Forestry (Journal)

Markku Yli-Halla (Reviewer)
Jun 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health (Journal)

Markku Yli-Halla (Reviewer)
Feb 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

Haastattelu/Interview: Fosforilannoitus (Phosphorus fertilization)

Markku Yli-Halla

05/02/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu

Markku Yli-Halla

22/10/2010

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media