Who we are

PhD Kajar Köster

Expertise: disturbance ecology; greenhouse gas fluxes.

Current position: University Researcher (Interactions of ecological disturbances and atmosphere). Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Eastern Finland 

PhD, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Forestry 2009
MSc, Estonian Agricultural University/ Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2005

Research interests: 

Carbon dynamics in forest soils, with special interest in disturbed (fire, wind, reindeer grazing, etc.) areas

E-mail: kajar.koster@uef.fi


Prof. Jukka Pumpanen

Expertise: Climate change; greenhouse gas fluxes; fire ecology; boreal and arctic ecosystems.

Current position: Professor (Microbial Biogeochemistry), Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences,
University of Eastern Finland

PhD, University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences, 2004

Research interests:

Processes related to the decomposition of soil organic matter (mechanisms of the decomposition of soil organic matter and the role of living rhizosphere in decomposition). The effects of disturbances (e.g. wild fires, forest harvesting and herbivory) on soil carbon and nitrogen pools and fluxes. The effects of black carbon and biochar on soil organic matter decomposition and nutrient availability in boreal forest soils.

E-mail: jukka.pumpanen@uef.fi


Prof. Frank Berninger

Expertise:

Current position: Professor (Plant Ecology), Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences,
University of Eastern Finland

Research interests: The interactions of forests and the environment. The long term dynamics of soil organic matter after forest fires and the energy exchange of norther ecosystems.

E-mail: frank.berninger@uef.fi


The DIsturbances and biogeochemistry working team consist people from:

Biogeochemistry Research group, at the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland, lead by Prof. Jukka Pumpanen.

Plant Ecology Research group, at the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland, lead by Prof. Frank Berninger.

In addition we collaborate with wide range of international partners and projects: