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Description of research and teaching

I am a palaeoecologist with extensive experience in reconstructing past environmental changes from lake and peat sediment archives. My special expertise is the plant macrofossil method. After completing my PhD in geology in 2005, I have coordinated several research projects funded by the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki. I established my own Palaeopeatland reaserch group in 2010. Currently I coordinate two Academy of Finland-funded Arctic palaeopeatland projects. My current research interest is to investigate ecosystem responses to climate and environmental change and associated biogeochemical feedback mechanisms. The motto is “Past is the key to understanding the future”. All research outcome is disseminated widely through various media.

Throughout my work history I have extensively collaborated with a large and interdisciplinary group of scientists. Numerous different projects and the changing combination of co-workers have provided me with the possibility to build up a broad network of colleagues and excellent genuine connections to several research groups worldwide. I am devoted to educating a new generation of academics to meet challenges in the research field of environmental science by providing teaching, supervision and by promoting international connections.

Curriculum vitae

CURRENT POSITION

University researcher, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki

Education and training:

Doctor of Philosophy 2005, Department of Geology, University of Helsinki. Title: Plant macrofossil evidence of changes in aquatic and terrestrial environments in north-eastern European Russia and Finnish Lapland since late glacial.

University Pedagogy course (10 ECTS credits) performed in 2008

Docent (=adjunct professor) (Palaeobotany) 2009. Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Principal investigator (PI) status 2010.

Keywords

  • 1171 Geosciences
  • palaeoecology
  • Palaeobotany
  • palaeoclimatology
  • peatlands
  • Arctic
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Environmental Change
  • Arctic
  • Peatlands

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

Publications 2000 2019

Recent peat and carbon accumulation following the Little Ice Age in northwestern Québec, Canada

Piilo, S., Zhang, H., Garneau, M., Gallego-Sala, A. V., Amesbury, M. & Väliranta, M., 2019, In : Environmental Research Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Shotgun Environmental DNA, Pollen, and Macrofossil Analysis of Lateglacial Lake Sediments From Southern Sweden

Parducci, L., Alsos, I. G., Unneberg, P., Pedersen, M. W., Han, L., Lammers, Y., Salonen, J. S., Väliranta, M. M., Slotte, T. & Wohlfarth, B., 20 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 15 p., 189.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Widespread global peatland establishment and persistence over the last 130,000 y

Treat, C. C., Kleinen, T., Broothaerts, N., Dalton, A. S., Dommain, R., Douglas, T. A., Drexler, J. Z., Finkelstein, S. A., Grosse, G., Hope, G., Hutchings, J., Jones, M. C., Kuhry, P., Lacourse, T., Lahteenoja, O., Loisel, J., Notebaert, B., Payne, R. J., Peteet, D. M., Sannel, A. B. K. & 13 othersStelling, J. M., Strauss, J., Swindles, G. T., Talbot, J., Tarnocai, C., Verstraeten, G., Williams, C. J., Xia, Z., Yu, Z., Väliranta, M., Hattestrand, M., Alexanderson, H. & Brovkin, V., 12 Mar 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 11, p. 4822-4827 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Abrupt high-latitude climate events and decoupled seasonal trends during the Eemian

Salonen, J. S., Helmens, K. F., Brendryen, J., Kuosmanen, N., Väliranta, M., Goring, S., Korpela, M., Kylander, M., Philip, A., Plikk, A., Renssen, H. & Luoto, M., 20 Jul 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, 10 p., 2851.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Arctic hydroclimate variability during the last 2000 years: current understanding and research challenges

Linderholm, H. W., Nicolle, M., Francus, P., Gajewski, K., Helama, S., Korhola, A., Solomina, O., Yu, Z., Zhang, P., D'Andrea, W. J., Debret, M., Divine, D. V., Gunnarson, B. E., Loader, N. J., Massei, N., Seftigen, K., Thomas, E. K., Werner, J., Andersson, S., Berntsson, A. & 4 othersLuoto, T. P., Nevalainen, L., Saarni, S. & Valiranta, M., 10 Apr 2018, In : Climate of the Past. 14, 4, p. 473-514 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 1999 2023

ICAAP: Increasing Carbon Accumulation in Arctic Peatlands

Gallego-Sala, A., Charman, D., Anderson, K., Amesbury, M., Crichton, M., Garneau, M., Fortier, D., Väliranta, M., Koroleva, N., Beilman, D., Swidles, G., Brovkin, V., Kleinen, T. & Joos, F.

01/05/201930/04/2022

Project: Research project

TundraPEAT: Peat Expansion in Arctic Tundra - Pattern, Process, and the Implication for the Carbon Cycle

Yu, Z., Camill, P., Frolking, S., Loisel, J., Zhuang, Q., Väliranta, M., Korhola, A. & +11, I. C.

01/09/201831/08/2023

Project: Research project

Temporal Scale Changes in Species Distributions in Boreal Peatlands

Kylander, M. & Väliranta, M.

01/04/201831/03/2022

Project: Research project

Activities 1999 2019

Peatlands under pressure - lessons from the past

Minna Väliranta (Speaker)
8 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Fredrik Bogren

Minna Väliranta (Host)
11 Feb 201915 Feb 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Holocene (Journal)

Minna Väliranta (Reviewer)
2019

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

Eleonor Rydberg

Minna Väliranta (Host)
28 Jan 20198 Mar 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Nature Communications (Journal)

Minna Väliranta (Reviewer)
2019

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

Press / Media

Collapse of the Atlantic Ocean heat transport might lead to hot European summers

Fredrik Schenk, Minna Väliranta & Barbara Wohlfarth

24/04/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Lapissa kasvoi puita viime jääkauden keskellä

Minna Väliranta & Pertti Sarala

15/08/2016

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media