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Finnish Environment Institute, Marine Research Centre

Finnish Environment Institute, Marine Research Centre

Short name: SYKE
Contact name: Timo Tamminen and Maiju Lehtiniemi
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Partner Description

The Finish Environment Institute SYKE is both a research institute, and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE operates under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment, and its activities focus on five themes, one of which covers the Baltic Sea. Marine Research Centre (MRC) at SYKE coordinates the national marine research infrastructure FINMARI (http://www.finmari-infrastructure.fi/), and aims at producing information and new solutions that help decision-makers to promote the protection and sustainable use of the Baltic Sea. Besides coordination, SYKE-MRC role in FINMARI is management of the largest Finnish marine research vessel Aranda and the Alg@line on- line monitoring platform, participation in the construction of the Utö Marine Station, hosting a Baltic Sea phytoplankton culture collection, and R&D on automated measurement and experimental platforms in the MRC Marine Ecology Research Laboratory.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Timo Tamminen ((m, Res. Prof., PhD 1990). Plankton ecologist with >35 years of research experience including international mesocosm experiments in several FP4 to H2020 projects. Coordinator of national marine RI consortium FINMARI. ISI WoS statistics: 34 papers, 1129 citations, h-index 17.

Project role AQUACOSM: Task Leader WP6.14: Provision of TA to SYKE: SYKE-MRC Mesocosm Facility, Subtask Leader WP8.1.2: Planning WS on flow-through technology at SYKE/Helsinki, Subtask Leader WP8.2.2: AquaBox; Contributor to all WPs.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Participation in WPs 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Jukka Seppälä (m, PhD 2009 in aquatic sciences). Head of SYKE-MRC Marine Ecology Research Laboratory. Aquatic ecologist with >25 years of research experience including mesocosm experiments in international projects, focusing on plankton dynamics, bioenergy research and automated measurements, especially with bio-optical methods. Google Scholar statistics: ca. 40 papers, ca. 1500 citations, h-index 24.

Project role AQUACOSM: Subtask Co-Leader WP9.2.1: Salinity gradients; Contributor to all WPs.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Participation in WPs 7, 8 and 9.

Maiju Lehtiniemi (f, Research Professor, PhD 2001 in aquatic sciences). Plankton ecologist with >25 years of research experience in Baltic Sea food webs, non-indigenous species, microplastics in marine food webs, marine litter, and predator-prey interactions. ISI WoS statistics: 50 papers, 884 citations, h-index 16.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: WP7 leader, participation in WPs 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9.

Address

Finnish Environment Institute, Marine Research Centre
Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki FINLAND