Peatland Ecology Group in the University of Helsinki (PEATLANDERS)

Project Details


Peatland Ecology Group, University of Helsinki, studies the structure and functioning of peatlands under different land-uses. These wetland ecosystems, with their characteristic carbon-rich organic soils, are found from the arctic to the tropical climate. Our studies cover the whole climate gradient as well as time-scales from a few seconds to millennia. The land-uses that our expertise covers include pristine peatlands, peatlands drained for forestry, agriculture and peat mining, as well as peatland restoration. Our focus is on their dynamic interactions with their biological and physical environment.

We educate specialists with a wide range of expertises on different fields of science and environmental issues. Our postgraduate and postdoctoral education has been successful: all our students have been employed within their fields. We also acknowledge the need to support the personal development, and the development of professional identity of each individual. There is a creative and supportive atmosphere in our RC, which results not only in scientific productivity but also in well-being of the members. There is an even gender balance in our RC.

Responsible person: Harri Vasander, Department of Forest Sciences

Participation category: 3
Effective start/end date23/02/2011 → …

Research Output

Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences

Wijedasa, L. S., Jauhiainen, J. J., Könönen, M. T., Lampela, M. K. & Vasander, H. T., 10 Jan 2017, In : Global Change Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access

Greenhouse gas dynamics in degraded and restored tropical peatlands

Jauhiainen, J., Page, S. E. & Vasander, H., 2016, In : Mires and Peat. 17, 12 p., 06.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Management driven changes in carbon mineralization dynamics of tropical peat

Jauhiainen, J. J., Silvennoinen, H., Könönen, M. T., Limin, S. & Vasander, H. T., 7 Jul 2016, In : Biogeochemistry. 129, 1-2, p. 115-132 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


  • 1 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Public Talks

15th International Peat Congress

Jyrki Jauhiainen (Speaker: Presenter)
15 Aug 201619 Aug 2016

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

EGU general assembly 2016

Jyrki Jauhiainen (Speaker: Presenter)
18 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks