Harri Vasander


Description of research and teaching

Professor of Peatland Forestry at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland since 2006. As mires and peatlands cover 1/3 of the land area of Finland and half of them have been drained for forestry, it is important to have teaching and research on the various aspects of these ecosystems – both in pristine stage and drained. My research area is biogeochemistry, especially carbon and nutrient dynamics in peat soils and ecosystems in relation to environmental changes and management – both in our boreal region and in the humid tropics in Indonesia. I have peat mosses (genus Sphagnum L.) as my special area inside bryophytes.

I have worked for most of my life at the university, starting as research assistant. My short visits outside the university have been in communal environmental administration and in NGOs.

Besides journal articles I also have edited or written over 30 books – most for teaching purposes. For more information see ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

"Mires and peatlands are peculiar habitats but typical for our boreal climate. However, there are mires in all climate zones except the extreme Arctic and Antarctic regions. Mires and peatlands are fascinating ecosystems between water and uplands where organic matter tends to accumulate due to waterlogged and poorly aerated conditions. They have high ecological, economical and social values."


Highlighted publications

  1. Vegetation relations in the border regions of NE Finland and Russian Karelia: A review of Wainio (1878)

    Kaila, A. & Vasander, H., 2011, In : Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 26, S10, p. 65-71 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Comparison of Vegetation and CO2 Dynamics Between a Restored Cut-Away Peatland and a Pristine Fen: Evaluation of the Restoration Success

    Soini, P., Riutta, T., Yli-Petays, M. & Vasander, H., 2010, In : Restoration Ecology. 18, p. 894-903 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Lehtikuusen alla: matka itäisen Karjalan luontoon ja kulttuuriin

    Ojanen, P. (ed.), Vanhatalo, A. (ed.), Niemelä, P. (ed.) & Vasander, H. (ed.), 2010, Helsinki: Helsingin yliopiston metsätieteiden laitos. 212 p. (Helsingin yliopiston metsätieteiden laitoksen julkaisuja; no. 1)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  4. Post-restoration development of organic carbon and nutrient leaching from two ecohydrologically different peatland sites

    Koskinen, M., Sallantaus, T. & Vasander, H., 2011, In : Ecological Engineering. 37, 7, p. 1008-1016

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki (External organisation)

    Harri Vasander (Board member)
    1 Jan 201031 Dec 2010

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

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Latest prizes

  1. The most motivated teacher of the year

    Harri Vasander (Recipient), 29 Apr 2019

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Best teacher in the Department of Forest Sciences 2016

    Harri Vasander (Recipient), 26 Apr 2016

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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