Tapani Rämö

Tapani Rämö

  • PL 64 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2)



1990 …2023

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Curriculum vitae



1. Full name

Osmo Tapani Rämö


2. Date and place of birth; marital status

June 21, 1959, Helsinki, Finland; spouse Eeva Kristiina Rämö (née Huhtala), D.D.S.; three children (born in 1986, 88, 90)


3. Current position

Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Helsinki                                                                                               2003-

Division of Geology and Geochemistry, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Head 2015-


4. Education

B.Sc., Geology and Mineralogy, University of Helsinki                                                                                                         1982

M.Sc., Geology and Mineralogy, University of Helsinki                                                                                                       1986

Ph.D., Geology and Mineralogy, University of Helsinki (thesis accepted with grade laudatur)                                     1991

Docent of Petrology, University of Helsinki                                                                                                                            1992


5. Previous professional appointments

Division of Geology, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Head                                2014

Senior Scientist, Academy of Finland                                                                                                                                 2009-10

University Lecturer (acting), Department of Geology, University of Helsinki                                                             2001-02

Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland                                                                                                                  1996-01

Full Professor of Geology and Mineralogy (acting), University of Helsinki (13 months)                                   1995-96, 03

Teaching Assistant of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Helsinki                                                                      1993-94

Fee-paid Teacher of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Helsinki                                                                        1985-92

Research Assistant, Exploration Department, Geological Survey of Finland                                                      1982, 83, 84


6. Major research and collaborative grants (in total, 2101 k€ since 1996)

Petrogenesis of Rapakivi granites and related mafic rocks (Academy of Finland; 1,070,000 FIM)                 1996-01

Proterozoic Granites of South-central FinlandTraverse Across a Paleoproterozoic Terrane

Boundary (Academy of Finland; 20,000 FIM)                                                                                                                1999

Late-orogenic Granites of the Finnish SvecofennianOrigin and Tectonic Significance
(Academy of Finland; 720,000 FIM)                                                                                                                           2002-05

Granitic SystemsState of the Art and Future Avenues (Academy of Finland; 6900 €)                                        2002-03

Eurogranites 2005 (Academy of Finland; 3000 €)                                                                                                                 2005

Granite Petrology and Uranium Metallogenesis in Southern Finland (CNRS, France; 174,000 €)                         2005-07

Anorogenic Magmatism in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica (Academy of Finland; 364,000 €)                         2005-09

Petrogenesis of Proterozoic A-type granites: the Significance of Anorthosites and Associated
Sedimentary Basins (Academy of Finland; 290,000 €)                                                                                            2007-10

Eurogranites Arctic 2009 (Federation of Finnish Learned Societies; 4000 €)                                                                   2009

A-type Granites and Related Rocks: Southern Laurentia and the Oslo Rift (Academy of Finland; 152,265 €) 2009-10

Finnish Graduate School in Geology (Academy of Finland; 146,200 €)                                                                     2010-13

Finnish Graduate Program in Geology (Academy of Finland; 111,896 €)                                                                  2012-15

Finnish Consortium for FE-SEM & ICP/MS (University of Helsinki; 50,000 €)                                                               2011

Magma dynamics and crystallization of A-type granite magma chambers as revealed by in situ isotopic
and elemental geochemical analysis of feldspar megacrysts (Academy of Finland; 455,372 €)                     2012-16

Rapakivi granite research in the Kotka-Hamina archipelago (Finnish Cultural Foundation; 3500 €)                   2013-14

Critical mineral potential and origin of rapakivi granite-related peraluminous and peralkaline felsic magmatism
in southeastern Finland (K.H. Renlund Foundation; 25000 €)                                                                                2015-16


7. Awards and honors

Finnish Cultural Foundation Award to finish doctoral studies                                                                                          1990

Outokumpu Co. Foundation Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in 1991                                                                          1991

Good Text Book Price of the University of Helsinki Student Library                                                                             1998

Lauri Jäntti Foundation Best Science Book in Finland Award                                                                                         1999

Eino Kaila Award Nominee (University of Helsinki)                                                                                                          2006

Teacher of the Year Reward, University of Helsinki Geology Student Union (Vasara ry.)                                         2014


8. Editorial board memberships

Mineralogy and Petrology, Guest Editor                                                                                                                         1993-94

Lithos, Board Member                                                                                                                                                       1997-13

Precambrian Research, Guest Editor                                                                                                   1997-99, 2001-02, 2003

Elsevier Developments in Precambrian Geology Series, Guest Editor                                                             2000-05, 2008-

Lithos, Guest Editor                                                                                                         2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2010-12

Canadian Mineralogist, Guest Associate Editor                                                                                           2007-09, 2008-10


9. Memberships in scientific societies

Geological Society of Finland                                                                                                                                                1983-

Board Member 1994, 2006-09, Vice Chairman 2007, Chairman 2008                                                                           

Mineralogical Society of Finland; Vice Chairman 2005, 06                                                                                            1993-

Miner’s Society of Finland, Member of Geological Council                                                                                         1996-

Geological Society of America                                                                                                                                           1999-

Campus Representative, University of Helsinki 2009-

Geological Society of Brazil                                                                                                                                                2000-

European Geosciences Union                                                                                                                                             2003-

Finnish National Geodetic-Geophysical Committee                                                                                                      2003-

Chairman of IAVCEI Subcommittee 2003-                                                                                                                       

Geochemical Society                                                                                                                                                            2004-

International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior                                                    2004-

UNESCO/IUGC International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

Project 257 ”Precambrian Dyke Swarms”, Member of national working group                                           1987-92

Project 315 ”Rapakivi Granites and Related Rocks”, Secretary                                                                      1991-96

Project 426 ”Granite Systems and Proterozoic Lithospheric Processes”, Co-leader                                      1998-03

Project 510 “A-type Granites and Related Rocks through Time”, Co-leader                                                 2005-10

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters                                                                                                                         2004-

Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits                                                                                                           2005-

L’Association Franco-Finlandaise pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique                                                     2005-


10. Other academic and professional activities

  • Reviewer for the following scientific journals (129 papers reviewed for 30 journals since 1989; not counting those nursed as Guest Editor for The Canadian Mineralogist, Lithos, Mineralogy and Petrology, Precambrian Research): Bull. Geol. Soc. Am., Bull. Geol. Soc. Finland, Chem. Geol., Contrib. Mineral. Petrol, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., Estonian J. Earth Sci., European J. Min., Geochem. J., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, Geol. J., Geol. Mag., Geol. Surv. Finland Spec. Pap., Geol. Surv. Norway Spec. Publ. Series, Geology, GFF, Gondwana Res., J. Asian Earth Sci., J. Geol., J. Petrol., J. S. Am. Earth Sci., J. Geol. Soc. India, Lithos, Mineral. Petrol., New Mex. Geol. Soc., Phys. Chem. Earth, Prec. Res., S. Afr. J. Geol., Springer-Verlag Book Series, Tectonics, Trans. Royal Soc. Edinburgh: Earth Sci., SGU Ser C


  • Reviewer or opponent of doctoral dissertations

Official referee for the Ph.D. thesis of Pekka T. Salonsaari entitled “Hybridization in the subvolcanic
Jaala-Iitti complex and its petrogenetic relation to rapakivi granites and associated mafic rocks of southeastern
Finland” (University of Helsinki)                                                                                                                                         1995

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Irmeli Mänttäri entitled “Lead isotope characteristics of epigenetic gold mineralization in the Palaeoproterozoic Lapland greenstone belt, northern Finland” (University of Helsinki)                                          1995

Faculty opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Ulf B. Andersson entitled “Petrogenesis of some Proterozoic granitoid
suites and associated basic rocks in Sweden (geochemistry and isotope geology)” (Uppsala University)            1997

Official referee and faculty opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Prof. Ma Changqian’s entitled “Magmatic plumbing
as a window to crustal dynamics; an example from the Dabieshan ultradeep metamorphic rock region,
central China” (Åbo Akademi University)                                                                                                                         1999

Official referee for the Ph.D. thesis of Hannu Mäkitie entitled “Granitoids (1.89-1.87 Ga), diatexites (1.89-
1.88 Ga) and granitic pegmatites (1.80-1.79 Ga), and structural-metamorphic evolution in the Seinäjoki
region, western Finland” (University of Helsinki)                                                                                                             2000

Committee member and first opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Henrik Schiellerup entitled “Igneous Processes
in anorthosites and ilmenite-bearing plutons in the Rogaland anorthosite province, southwest Norway”
(NTNU, Trondheim)                                                                                                                                                               2001

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Ruslan P. Liferovich entitled “Mineralogy and geochemistry of
hydrothermal processes in the carbonatites and phoscorites of the Kovdor massif, Kola alkaline province,
NW Russia” (University of Oulu)                                                                                                                                         2001

Committee member for the Ph.D. thesis of Kristen Holme entitled “Chemical development of Proterozoic
granites in the SW Baltic Shield” (University of Lund)                                                                                                    2001

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Jaana Halla entitled “Origin and Paleoproterozoic reactivation of
Neoarchean high-K granitoid rocks in eastern Finland” (University of Helsinki)                                                       2002

Rappourteur for the Ph.D. thesis of Vladimir Lobaev entitled “Mineralogical and petrogeochemical
characteristics of the Mesoproterozoic Pasha-Ladoga volcanic-sedimentary basin and its basement (Baltic shield,
Russia). Inference on the genesis of unconformity-related uranium deposits (Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy)                  2005

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Davis Carvalho de Oliveira entitled “Modelos de evolução
e colocaço dos granitos paleoproterozóicos da suíte Jamon, se do cráton Amazônico” (Federal
University of Pará, Belém, Brazil)                                                                                                                                       2006

Rappourteur for the Ph.D. thesis of Alexander Shurilov entitled “Métallogenèse de l’uranium dans
la région de Ladoga (Karélie, Russie) (Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy)                                                                  2008

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Tuomo Karinen entitled “The Koillismaa Intrusion, north-
eastern Finland – evidence for PGE reef forming processes in the layered series” (University of Oulu)                2010

Rappourteur for the Ph.D. thesis of Léonid Serov entitled “Métallogenèse de l’uranium dans
la région de Litsa (Péninsule de Kola, Russie)” (Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy)                                                  2011

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Kristjan Urtson entitled “Stepwise melt transport and
accumulation: analogue and numerical modelling approach” (University of Tartu)                                               2011

External Examiner for the Ph.D. thesis of Grant Bybee entitled “High-pressure megacrysts and lower
crustal contamination: Probing a mantle source for Proterozoic massif-type anorthosites”
(University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)                                                                                                              2013

Official opponent for the Ph.D. thesis of Vera Egorova entitled “Mechanisms of differentiation operating at magma
chamber margins: insights from marginal reversals in mafic layered intrusions and sills” (University of Oulu)  2014


  • Research leadership

Since 1996, leadership of several scientific projects (IGCP-426, IGCP-510; Petrogenesis of Rapakivi Granites and Related Rocks; Proterozoic Granites of South-Central Finland; Late-Orogenic Granites of the Finnish Svecofennian; Granite Petrology and Uranium Metallogeny in Southern Finland; Anorogenic Magmatism in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica; Petrogenesis of Proterozoic A-type granites: the significance of anorthosites and associated sedimentary basins; A-type Granites and Related Rocks: Southern Laurentia and the Oslo Rift; Magma dynamics and crystallization of A-type granite magma chambers as revealed by in situ isotopic and elemental geochemical analysis of feldspar megacrysts) involving (1) active collaboration with the Geological Survey of Finland, U.S. Geological Survey, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Federal University of Pará, University of Oslo, Kansas University, Université Henri Poincaré (Nancy), University of Alabama, University of Edinburgh, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, University of São Paulo, University of Wyoming, University of Leeds, Russian Academy of Sciences; and (2) training of doctoral and post-doctoral students in Finland and overseas.


  • Supervised doctoral theses (in total, 11 since 2001)

B.A. Elliott (2001) The petrogenesis of the 1.88–1.87 Ga post-kinematic granitoids of the Central Finland Granitoid Complex

P.J. Kosunen (2004) Petrogenesis of mid-Proterozoic A-type granites: case studies from Fennoscandia (Finland) and Laurentia (New Mexico)

L.S. Lauri (2004) Petrogenesis of felsic igneous rocks associated with the Paleoproterozoic Koillismaa layered igneous complex, Finland

M. Lehtonen (2005) Kimberlites in Finland: Information about the mantle underlying the Karelian craton and implications for diamond exploration

S. Lukkari (2007) Magmatic evolution of topaz-bearing granite stocks within the Wiborg rapakivi granite batholith

A. Käpyaho (2007) Archean crustal evolution of eastern Finland: New geochronological and geochemical constraints from the Kuhmo terrain and the Nurmes belt

M. Kurhila (2011) Late Svecofennian leucogranites of southern Finland – Chronicles of an orogenic collapse.

J. Heinonen (2011) Geochemistry and petrology of the ferropicrite dikes and associated rocks of Vestfjella, western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica

E. Heilimo (2011) Neoarchean sanukitoid series in the Karelian Province, Finland

P. Mikkola (2011) The prehistory of Suomussalmi, eastern Finland; the first billion years as revealed by isotopes and the composition of granitoid suites

A. Heinonen (2012) Isotopic evidence for the origin of Proterozoic massif-type anorthosites and their relation to rapakivi granites in southern Finland and Brazil

Supervision of five Ph.D. theses is currently underway to be finished:

R. Michallik: The Luumäki gem beryl pegmatite;

A. Kotilainen: Isotope geology of the Vaasa migmatite complex;

K. Larjamo: Petrography, mineral chemical, and in situ trace-element geochemical constraints on the evolution of the Wiborg rapakivi granite magma chamber as revealed by feldspar megacrysts;

E. Suikkanen: Critical mineral potential and origin of rapakivi granite-related peraluminous and peralkaline felsic magmatism in southeastern Finland;

P. Nikkola: From partial melting to lava emplacement: The genesis of some Icelandic basalts as recorded by trace elements in olivine


  • Supervised post-doctoral projects

Dr. L.S. Lauri (2005-2007): Granite petrology and uranium metallogeny in southern Finland

Dr. S. Lukkari (2009-2011): Petrology of Li-pegmatites of western Finland

Dr. M. Kurhila (2011-2012): 3D evolution of the middle crust in central Fennoscandia

Dr. A. Heinonen (2013-2016): Magma dynamics and crystallization of A-type granite magma chambers


·  Guest lectures abroad (in total, 28)

U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park (1994, 2001, 03, 13, 16); Federal Univ. of Pará, Belém, Brazil (1997, 2000, 08, 10); Univ. of Wyoming (2000); Univ. of Texas, El Paso (2000, 09); Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman (2000); Texas Tech, Lubbock (2000, 09); Univ. of Texas, Austin (2000); Univ.of São Paulo, Brazil (2001); Los Alamos Geological Society, New Mexico (2001); New Mexico Society of Mining Engineers, Albuquerque (2002); Tallinn Univ. of Technology, Estonia (2007); The Univ. of Edinburgh (2007); Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel (2007, 08); The Hebrew University, Israel (2008); Geological Survey of Israel (2008); Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (2009); New Mexico Tech, Socorro (2010); University of Oslo (2010)


  • Field work abroad (in total, 47 weeks)

Proterozoic and Miocene granites of southern Nevada 1992, 93, 95, 96, 99, 2001 (8 weeks); Proterozoic crust, Phanerozoic granites, and tectonic evolution of SE California 1994, 95, 96, 98, 2010, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (16 weeks); granites, mafic rocks, and tectonic evolution of southern and central New Mexico 1996, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 09, 11, 13 (13 weeks); Proterozoic granites of SE Arizona 2003 (1 week); Proterozoic continental tholeiites and redbeds of the Lake Ladoga basin, Russian Karelia 1996, 2004, 07 (3 weeks); Proterozoic lavas and associated sedimentary and cratonic rocks of the Suursaari Island, Russia 2005, 06, 07 (2 weeks); Proterozoic anorthosites and related rocks of Roraima, northern Brazil 2008 (3 weeks); Paraná basalts, Missiones, Argentina 2010, 12 (2 weeks)

  • · Other academic duties

Project “Petrogenesis of the Suomenniemi Rapakivi Granite Complex” (Acad. Finland); Researcher                                    1986-88

Unit for Isotope Geology, Geological Survey of Finland; Visiting researcher                                                                        1987-16

International Symposium Precambrian Granitoids – Petrogenesis, Geochemistry and Metallogeny,
University of Helsinki; Field trip leader                                                                                                                            1989

IGCP-257 field trip to the Precambrian dyke swarms of southern Finland; Field trip leader                                                  1991

International Symposium on Rapakivi Granites and Related Rocks, University of Helsinki;
Member of organizing committee, field trip leader                                                                                                            1991

Nordic ion microprobe (NORDSIM), Deputy Board Member                                                                                               1996-05

The Seventh International Symposium on Rapakivi Granites and Related Rocks, University of Helsinki;
Member of organizing committee                                                                                                                                     1996

NORDSIM Research School in Stockholm                                                                                                                            1997

Official referee for Ph.D. Olav Eklund’s application for the post of Docent in Granitoid Petrology (Åbo Akademi)            1997

Official referee for Ph.D. Juha Karhu’s application for the post of Docent in Isotope Geochemistry (University of Helsinki)                         1998

The Fourth Hutton Symposium on the Origin of Granites and Related Rocks, Clermont-Ferrand, France;
Session co-convener                                                                                                                                                         1999

Chairman of organizing committee of IGCP-426 Field Trip “Proterozoic Granites of South-Central Finland
Traverse Across a Paleoproterozoic Terrane Boundary”                                                                                               1999

Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pará, Belém, Brazil (one month)                                                                   2000

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno; Session co-convener, field trip leader                                              2000

EUG XI, Strasbourg, France; Session co-convener                                                                                                                2001

50th New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair; Judge for Earth & Space Science Section                                                   2002

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver; Session co-convener                                                                     2002

Chairman of organizing committee of the symposium “Granitic Systems – State of the Art and Future
Avenues” (University of Helsinki)                                                                                                                                   2003

EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, Nice, France; Convener                                                                                                   2003

Promotion Review for Full Professorship, University of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A.                                                                  2003

Official referee for Ph.D. Petri Peltonen’s application for the post of Docent in Petrology and Mineralogy
(University of Helsinki)                                                                                                                                                    2003

V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark; Member of Nordic Scientific Committee,
Session co-convener, field trip leader                                                                                                                               2004

Geological Society of America, Panel for Visas for Foreign Scientists and Students; Panel member                                     2004

European Young Investigator Award Scheme (EURYI); Reviewer                                                                                 2005, 07

V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A.; Session co-convener                                                                    2005

Eurogranites 2005 Field Conference; Chairman of organizing committee                                                                               2005

The 5th International Dyke Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland; Member of Organizing Committee                                          2005

Official referee for Ph.D. Satu Mertanen’s application for the post of Docent in Paleomagnetism (U. Helsinki)                   2005

Nordic Geological Winter Meeting; Session co-convener                                                                                                2006, 10

Visiting Professor at the University of Tartu, Estonia (one week)                                                                                          2006

Review for Research Professorship, Geological Survey of Finland                                                                                       2006

Review for Horn Professorship, Texas Technological University, U.S.A.                                                                             2006

Symposium on Magmatism, Crustal Evolution, and Metallogenesis of the Amazonian Craton
(Belém, Pará, Brasilia); Member of Scientific Committee                                                                                                 2006

Academy of Finland, Panel of Geosciences, Member                                                                                                             2007

University of Wyoming George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Faculty Award, Reviewer                                                 2007

Canada’s 2007 Provincial Geologists Medal, Reviewer                                                                                                         2007

Finnish National Isotope Laboratory (SIGL), Deputy Board Member                                                                                   2008-

33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway; Session co-convener (2 symposia)                                                  2008

Academy of Finland, reviewer of postdoctoral projects                                                                                                          2008

Official referee for Ph.D. Stanislav Gornostayev’s application for the post of Docent in Mineralogy (Oulu University)      2009

Review for Senior Lecturership, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel                                                                        2009

Eurogranites Arctic 2010 Field Conference; Chairman of organizing committee                                                                    2010

Chairman of organizing committee of IGCP-510 field trip to southeastern Finland                                                                2010

International Conference on A-type granites and related rocks through time (IGCP-510), Helsinki, Finland;
Chairman of organizing committee                                                                                                                                   2010

Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pará, Belém, Brazil (two weeks)                                                                   2010

Finnish Doctoral Program in Geology, Leader (Board Member 2005-2015)                                                                   2011-15

Review for Horn Professorship, Texas Technological University, U.S.A.                                                                             2011

Doctoral Program of Geosciences, University of Helsinki, Leader                                                                                         2013-

Review for Adjunct Professorship in Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Oslo, Norway                                             2013

Review for Professor of Physical Geology, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia                                                        2013

1st Death Valley Natural History Conference Field Trip; Member of Organizing Committee                                                 2013

American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013; Judge for Outstanding Student Presentation Award                               2013

V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, Sacramento, U.S.A.; Session co-convener                                                                           2014

Rated Researcher Review for South Africa’s National Research Foundation                                                                         2015

32nd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Helsinki, Finland; Chair of Scientific Board, Member of Organizing Comm.        2016

Member of Ph.D. assessment board of Kaisa Nikkilä (Åbo Akademi University)                                                                 2016

Master’s Programme in Geology and Geophysics, University of Helsinki, Leader                                                                2016-

Official referee for Ph.D. Sheng-Hong Yang’s application for the post of Docent in Economic Geology (Oulu University)                           2016

      56 oral presentations and 28 chairs in international meetings and 31 international geological field trips since 1989

Fields of Science

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Publications and projects within past five years.