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Arto Luttinen

  • PL 44 (Jyrängöntie 2)



1991 …2021

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Personlig profil





Last name:                        Luttinen


First names:                      Arto Vesa


Birthday and -place:        18.7.1967, Helsinki




1994              M.Sc. (University of Helsinki, Department of Geology).                   

2000              Ph.D. (University of Helsinki, Department of Geology).

Thesis: “Origin of Jurassic Vestfjella flood basalts, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica”  


Professional appointments:

1.9.2009-                            University of Helsinki, Finnish Museum of Natural History

                                                                 Senior curator

                                                                 Geological Museum

1.8.2004 - 31.8.2009          Academy of Finland

                                                                 Research fellow

2003-                                  University of Helsinki

                                                                 Docent of petrology and geochemistry

1.1.2003 – 31.7.2004         University of Helsinki, Department of geology

                                                                 Project leader

                                                                 Antarctic Project (GILDA)

1.1.-31.12.2002                  University of Helsinki, Department of geology


                                                                 Antarctic Project (GILDA)

1.10.1999-31.12.2001        University of Helsinki, Department of geology

                                                                 Project leader

                                                                 Antarctic Project (SEC)

31.10.2000-1.11.2001        British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom

                                                                 Visiting scientist

1.1.1999-30.9.1999            University of Helsinki, Department of geology


                                                                 Antarctic Project (SEC)

1989-1998                          University of Helsinki, Department of geology


                                                                 Lithosphere graduate school

                                            Finnish Institute of Marine Research/FINNARP

                                                                 Researcher, leader of the Antarctic geology field group

                                           University of Helsinki, Department of geology

                                                                 Fee-paid teacher

                                           Geological Survey of Finland

                                                                 Research assistant

                                           University of Helsinki, Department of geology

                                                                 Student employee


Externally funded projects:

1999-2001    SEC: Mesozoic basalt magmatism in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica: Correlation, magmatic evolution and mantle sources. Academy of Finland. Co-leader (p.i. J. Siivola) 1999, leader 2000-2001. 252 000 €

2002-2005    GILDA: Geochemical and isotopic project on lithospheric evolution of Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Academy of Finland. Co-leader (p.i. I. Haapala) 2002, leader 2003-2005. 201 800 €

2004-2005    Hotspot magmatism in polar regions: the Kopparnäs diabase. Academy of Finland. 6 300 €

2005-2008    Amanda: Anorogenic magmatism in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Academy of Finland. Co-leader (PI. O.T. Rämö) 2005-2009. 364 000 €

2005-2010    Sources of continental large ignous provinces. Academy of Finland. 228 300 €

2010-2015    Magmatism in the Africa-Antarctica rift zone. Academy of Finland 557 870 €.

2017-2020    Volatiles and Large Volcanic Eruptions – Antarctic and African picrites. Academy of Finland 312 458 €  


Note: Due to regulations concerning salary funding for the applicants, the formal applicant in SEC, GILDA, and Amanda has been the incumbent professor of geology and mineralogy.


Mobility (over 1 month)

1996              Ar-Ar dating: Ohio State University, USA, 3 months

2000-01        Visiting scientist: British Antarctic Survey, UK, 12 months

2002              Experimental petrology: University of Hannover, GER, 2 months

2019             Visiting scientist: Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Instituion for Science, USA, 2 months


Prosessional confidential posts:

  • Academic responsible person of Luomus in RAUH reseach evaluation at University of Helsinki, 2018-2019.
  • Member, Publication Forum Panel of geosciences, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, 2018-2021.
  • Convener, Rift volcanism and basins, 32nd Nordic geological winter meeting, Helsinki, Finland, 2016.
  • Member, Public outreach management group, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, 2014-2017
  • Board member,Finnish Museums Association, 2010-2013
  • Member, Education working group, Finnish Museums Association, 2010-2013
  • Principal investigator, Finnish Museum of Natural History, 2010-
  • President, Geological Society of Finland, 2010
  • Convener, Arctic and Antarctic Geology Session, 29th Nordic geological winter meeting, Oslo, Norway, 2010
  • Member, Collection management group, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, 2009-2014
  • Vice-president, Geological Society of Finland, 2009
  • Assistant editor, Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland, 2009-
  • Management group member, Department of Geology, University of Helsinki, 2007-2009
  • Organising committee member, excursion secretary, 5th International Dyke Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland, 2004-2005.
  • National representative, SCAR Working Group on Geology, Siena 1995, Cambridge 1996.
  • Treasurer, Geological Society of Finland, 1995-1996.
  • Editorial board member:
    • Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland, 1995-1996.
    • Geologi-magazine, 1995-1996, 2010.
  • Chairman, Vasara ry. (Geology Student Club, University of Helsinki), 1990-1991

Commissions as a scientific expert

Member of ILP national committee, 2016-2020.

Member of Coordination Committee for Antarctic Research, 2016-2018

Member of Advisory Network for National Mineral Strategy, 2010

Member of scientific expert pool (Academy of Finland, 2004-)

Reviewer for the South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF)

Reviewer for the University of Johannesburg (2019)

Reviewer for:

  • Antarctic Science
  • Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland
  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Journal of Geochemical Society
  • Journal of Petrology
  • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
  • Lithos
  • South African Journal of Geology



  • American Geophysical Union
  • The Geological Society of Finland
  • The Mineralogical Society of Finland
  • The Geochemical Society
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth´s Interior


Supervised academic thesis:

PhD              Mr Jussi Heinonen (2006-2010)

PhD              Mr Saku Vuori (1999-2004)

PhD              Ms Ilona Romu (2007-2019)

PhD              Ms Sanni Turunen

MSc              Ms Elina Lehtonen (2009-2010)

MSc              Mr Antti Kallio (2000-2003)

MSc              Ms Anne Lehtinen (2003-2006)

MSc              Ms Ilona Romu (2003-2006)

MSc              Ms Viveca Lindqvist (2004-2008)

MSc              Ms Elisa Piispa

MSc              Ms Tanja Lindholm (2008-2009)

MSc              Mr Sampo Harju (2010-2015)

MSc              Ms Riina Puttonen (2014-2016)

MSc              Ms Sanni Turunen (2013-2015)

MSc              Ms Katja Bohm (2017-2018)

MSc              Ms Milla Aaltonen (2017-2018)


Pre-examination of academic thesis:

2003              Ms Paula Kosunen: Petrogenesis of Mid-Proterozoic A-type granites: Case studies from Fennoscandia (Finland) and Laurentia (New Mexico)

2005              Ms Marjaleena Lehtonen: Kimberlites in Finland: Information about the mantle of the Karelian Craton and implications for diamond exploration


Grants and acknowlegments:

1992             Heikki ja Hilma Honkasen säätiö (Heikki and Hilma Honkanen’s Trust Fund; 5000 FIM)

1992             Outokumpu Oy:n säätiö (Outokumpu Ltd Foundation; 3500 FIM)

1994             Wilhelm Ramsayn ja Th.G. Sahaman muistorahasto (Wilhelm Ramsay’s and Th.G. Sahama’s Memorial Foundation (7500 FIM, 1994; 7500 FIM, 1996; 1000 e, 2003)

1998             Appointment with the President Martti Ahtisaari

2015             The teacher of the year (Vasara ry, Geology Student Club, University of Helsinki)

2016             K.H.Renlund’s foundation (History of Geology in Finland project; 15 000 €).

2019             Luomus research trigger fund (geochemical tracing of biomaterials; 3000 €).

2019             Ministry of Education (Antarctic Exhibition; 20 000 €).

2020             Ministry of Environment (Antarctic Exhibition; 6000 €).

Information om forskning och undervisning

My research focuses on the origin of large volcanic eruptions. Geochemical compositions of lava successions can be used to address the evolution of volcanic systems; what happened in subsurface magma chambers prior to eruptions and how magmas formed deep underneath Earth's crust. I am particularly interested in the greatest terrestrial magma eruptions, so-called flood basalts, which have not occurred during human existence. The most recent flood basalt eruption took place in the northwestern USA ca. 15 million years ago. The Yellowstonen supervolcano is a waning remnant of the great magma system. My research addresses a Jurassic (180 million years ago) flood basalt eruption which led to breakup of Gondwana supercontinent. Volcanic rock types generated during this eruption are still widespread in Antaractica and southern Africa.

My teaching focuses on first-year geologt courses "Geological processes" and "The evolution of Earth and life".


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