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Curriculum vitae

I have the title of docent (adjunct professor) in urban ecology and I have been in recent years studying ecosystem services provided by urban green areas. I am especially interested in the impact of urban vegetation, such as trees, on the concentrations of air pollutants (e.g. NO2, O3, VOCs, PAHs, SO2, particulates) and if vegetation can or cannot improve air quality in cities and provide an important ecosystem service for urban inhabitants. My goal is to provide much needed empirical research data on the topic by accurate measurements. My local-scale studies include different plant configurations, climatic regions and seasons as well as various urban environments (e.g. near-road environments, street canyons, urban parks and forests, residential areas). Moreover, I am studying the operationalisation of ecosystem services in urban planning and decision-making. For latest updates of my research and publications, see also my ResearchGate profile.

Academic Education and Merits

  • Adjunct Professor (The Title of Docent) in Urban Ecology, University of Helsinki, March 2018.
  • Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences), University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, January 2007.
  • M.Sc., University of Helsinki, Department of Ecology and Systematics, June 2001. Major: morphological-ecological zoology, Minors: environmental biology, environmental sciences.
  • B.Eng., Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology, May 1996. Special modules: e.g. Environmental technology, New biotechnology, Chemical engineering.

 

Keywords

  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Urban ecology
  • Urban ecosystems
  • Ecosystem services
  • Air pollution
  • Urban vegetation
  • Urban planning

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

Publications 2001 2019

Seasonality in recreation supply and demand in an urban lake ecosystem in Finland

Vierikko, K. H. & Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., 18 Jul 2019, In : Urban Ecosystems. 22, 4, p. 769-783 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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(Dis) integrated valuation - Assessing the information gaps in ecosystem service appraisals for governance support

Barton, D. N., Kelemen, E., Dick, J., Martín-López, B., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Jacobs, S., Hendriks, C. M. A., Termansen, M., Garcia-Llorente, M., Primmer, E., Dunford, R., Harrison, P., Turkelboom, F., Saarikoski, H., van Dijk, J., Rusch, G. M., Palomo, I., Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., Carvalho, L., Baro, F. & 17 othersLangemeyer, J., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Mederly, P., Priess, J., Luque, S., Berry, P., Santos, R., Odee, D., Martinez Pastur, G., Garcia Blanco, G., Saarela, S-R., Silaghi, D., Pataki, G., Masi, F., Vadineanu, A., Mukhopadhyay, R. & Lapola, D., 21 Feb 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 529-541 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Environmental justice for the governance of aquatic environments

Paloniemi, R., Niemelä, J., Soininen, N., Laatikainen, T., Vierikko, K., Rekola, A., Viinikka, A., Yli-Pelkonen, V., Assmuth, T., Kopperoinen, L., Peltonen, L., Kuokkanen, T. & Kyttä, M., 8 Jan 2018, In : Local Environment. 23, 3, p. 366-377 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment: Experiences from real world situations

Dunford, R., Harrison, P., Smith, A., Dick, J., Barton, D. N., Martín-López, B., Kelemen, E., Jacobs, S., Saarikoski, H., Turkelboom, F., Verheyden, W., Hauck, J., Antunes, P., Aszalos, R., Badea, O., Baro, F., Berry, P., Carvalho, L., Conte, G., Czucz, B. & 28 othersGarcia Blanco, G., Howard, D., Giuca, R., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Grizetti, B., Izakovicova, Z., Kopperoinen, L., Langemeyer, J., Luque, S., Lapola, D. M., Martinez Pastur, G. J., Mukhopadhyay, R., Roy, S. B., Niemelä, J. K., Norton, L., Ochieng, J., Odee, D., Palomo, I., Pinho, P., Priess, J., Rusch, G., Saarela, S-R., Santos, R., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Vadineanu, A., Vari, A., Woods, H. & Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., 21 Feb 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 499-514 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Stakeholders' perspectives on the operationalisation of the ecosystem service concept: Results from 27 case studies

Dick, J., Turkelboom, F., Woods, H., Iniesta-Arandia, I., Primmer, E., Saarela, S-R., Bezak, P., Mederly, P., Leone, M., Verheyden, W., Kelemen, E., Hauck, J., Andrews, C., Antunes, P., Aszalos, R., Baro, F., Barton, D. N., Berry, P., Bugter, R., Carvalho, L. & 74 othersCzucz, B., Dunford, R., Garcia Blanco, G., Geamana, N., Giuca, R., Grizetti, B., Izakovicova, Z., Kertesz, M., Kopperoinen, L., Langemeyer, J., Montenegro Lapola, D., Liquete, C., Luque, S., Martinez Pastur, G., Martín-López, B., Mukhopadhyay, R., Niemelä, J. K., Odee, D., Luis Peri, P., Pinho, P., Buerger Patricio-Roberto, G., Preda, E., Priess, J., Röckmann, C., Santos, R., Silaghi, D., Smith, R., Vadineanu, A., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Arany, I., Badea, O., Bela, G., Boros, E., Bucur, M., Blumentrath, S., Calvache, M., Carmen, E., Clemente, P., Fernandes, J., Ferraz, D., Fongar, C., Garcia-Llorante, M., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Gundersen, V., Haavardsholm, O., Kaloczkai, A., Khalalwe, T., Kiss, G., Köhler, B., Lazanyi, O., Lellei-Kovacs, E., Lichungu, R., Lindhjem, H., Magare, C., Mustajoki, J., Ndege, C., Nowell, M., Nuss Girona, S., Ochieng, J., Anders, O., Palomo, I., Pataki, G., Reinvang, R., Rusch, G. M., Saarikoski, H., Smith, A., Soy Massoni, E., Stange, E., Vågnes Traaholt, N., Vari, A., Verweij, P., Vikström, S., Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. & Zulian, G., 21 Feb 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 552-565 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2009 2013

Activities 2002 2019

Science of the Total Environment (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201931 Dec 2019

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

Journal of housing and the built environment. (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201812 Dec 2018

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

Espoon ympäristölautakunnan 40-vuotisjuhlaseminaari

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Speaker: Presenter)
5 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Atmospheric Environment (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

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

Environmental health insights (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

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