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Personal profile

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. One of my main interests is the impact of urban vegetation, such as trees, on the concentrations of air pollutants (e.g. NO2, O3, VOCs, PAHs, SO2, particulates). 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.

 

Fields of Science

  • 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

Biocultural diversity (BCD) in European cities – interactions between motivations, experiences and environment in public parks

Vierikko, K., Goncalves, P., Haase, D., Elands, B., Ioja, C., Jaatsi, M., Pieniniemi, M., Lindgren, J., Grilo, F., Santos-Reis, M., Niemelä, J. & Yli-Pelkonen, V., 1 Feb 2020, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 48, 12 p., 126501.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Effects of forests on particle number concentrations in near-road environments across three geographic regions

Viippola, V., Yli-Pelkonen, V., Järvi, L., Kulmala, M. & Setälä, H., 1 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Environmental Pollution. 115294.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Impacts of urban roadside forest patches on NO2 concentrations

Yli-Pelkonen, V., Viippola, V., Kotze, J. & Setälä, H., 1 Jul 2020, In : Atmospheric Environment. 232, 7 p., 117584.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Quantifying carbon stocks in urban parks under cold climate conditions

Lindén, L., Riikonen, A., Setälä, H. & Yli-Pelkonen, V., 1 Mar 2020, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 49, 9 p., 126633.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects

Activities

FORMAS (External organisation)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Expert member)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

International Journal of Phytoremediation (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

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

Ecology and Society (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

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

Science of the Total Environment (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

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

Environmental Pollution (Journal)

Vesa Yli-Pelkonen (Reviewer)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

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