Anna Villnäs


Description of research and teaching

Our coastal environments provide a wide range of essential ecosystem functions and services. However, these diverse, productive environments are increasingly threatened by disturbances such as climate change and eutrophication. As a marine benthic ecologist, I explore how structural and functional aspects of biodiversity relates to ecosystem functions and services, and how changes in the environment affect this relationship. I have investigated these questions by performing field experiments, but I also explore patterns in benthic biodiversity and functions by utilizing large-scale monitoring data. Although I perform basic ecological research, I strive to make research findings relevant for environmental management and for the general public. I participate in teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses and supervise MSc students.


Latest publications

  1. Context-dependent community facilitation in seagrass meadows along a hydrodynamic stress gradient

    Meysick, L., Ysebaert, T., Jansson, A., Montserrat, F., Valanko, S., Villnäs, A., Boström, C., Norkko, J. & Norkko, A., 11 May 2019, In : Journal of Sea Research.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Multi-level responses of Macoma balthica to recurring hypoxic disturbance

    Villnäs, A., Norkko, A. & Lehtonen, K. K., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 510, p. 64-72 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Unnatural hypoxic regimes

    Jager, H. I., Novello, R., Dale, V., Villnäs, A. & Rose, K., 10 Sep 2018, In : Ecosphere. 9, 9, p. 1-19 19 p., 10.1002/ecs2.2408.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Stockholm University

    Anna Villnäs (Visiting researcher)
    20 Mar 201922 Mar 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

  2. Östersjön - ett hav i förändring

    Anna Villnäs (Speaker)
    18 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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Latest projects

  1. Elemental stoichiometry of benthic invertebrates as predictor of biogeochemical cycles

    Villnäs, A.


    Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

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