Team Members


















Prof. Eeva-Stiina Tuittila

Eeva-Stiina is an ecosystem ecologist largely interested in plant ecology, soil biogeochemistry and peatlands as impacted by climate change, forestry and restoration. She is easily excited by all of these topics and collaborates widely with a diversity of researchers to connect new ideas about shared interests. Her career started at the University of Helsinki, but has also taken her abroad to Canada, the United States and remote destinations such as Joensuu, where she now is a Professor in Forest Soil Science at UEF.  In addition to science and working with people, she is especially passionate about yoga, being in forests and outdoors in general, reading, listening to stories, and learning new things.

Dr. Jinnan Gong

Jinnan is originally from China and is the greatest (and only) modeller on our team. He has a background in ecology and previous experience in modelling desert ecosystems. 




Dr. Aino Korrensalo

Aino is originally from Kemi, Finland and completed her Masters in Biology at the University of Oulu. She started her doctoral studies at UEF in 2012 focussing on spatial and temporal productivity of ombrotrophic peatlands.  She has since become passionate about methane ebulliation, root exudates and measurements that involve duct tape, sledge hammers and epoxy.



MSc. Elisa Männistö

Elisa is originally from Punkalaidun (NOT Punkaharju), Finland and completed her Master's in biology at the University of Turku.  She is currently working on a PhD studying greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands, namely methane and biogenic volatile organic compounds.  In her free time, she can be found swimming in peatland pools and otherwise getting in touch with some of the darker matter Finland has to offer. 



MSc. Nicola Kokkonen

Nicola is originally from British Columbia, Canada where she studied and worked in forestry.  She was wooed to Finland where she completed her Master's in forestry in 2014 and now is studying peatland vegetation ecology in changed environmental conditions. In her free time, she can be found cultivating and culturing anything that she can get to grow.



MSc. Dmitrii Lepilin

Dmitrii is originally from Russia and is currently doing his PhD, which focuses on the compaction of organic soils on logged, drained peatlands. If you see him, ask him more about himself and his work!




MSc. Mihails Cugunovs

Mihails is a doctoral student from Latvia and currently based in North Karelia, Finland, working on his dissertation in boreal forest restoration ecology, pertaining in particular to boreal forest soils and vegetation. His background and interests lie in environmental science, nature geography, ecosystem ecology, boreal nature, and forest ecosystems. When not writing or in the field, Mihails likes photography, biking, hiking and spending time outdoors. Some of his emerging new interests are in environmental aesthetics, science communication, writing and environmental education.

Group Alumni

MSc. Laura Kettunen

Laura worked as part of our team to complete a Masters in Forestry in addition to two summers of hard work in the field. Her focus was belowground biomass development in ombrotrophic peatlands and her patience is second-to-none in processing root socks!

MSc. Salli Uljas

Salli finished her Master’s thesis in 2015 about the CO2 exchange of boreal bog plant communities. She was also a summer worker in our research group for four years. Currently Salli works in Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-keskus).

MSc. Janne Sormunen

Janne finished his Master’s thesis in University of Helsinki, supervised by prof. Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, in 2014 about the effect of warming and water level drawdown on leaf area development, biomass production and plant community composition of an oligo-mesotrophic fen. He was also a summer worker in the research group for several years.

BSc. Franziska Rossocha

Franzi enthusiastically completed two summers of work in the peatlands of Finland. She assisted in field work and collected the data for her bachelor's thesis that focussed on differences in specific leaf area between different peatland types and drainage conditions.