Heikki Seppä


Description of research and teaching

My research focus is on long-term climatic changes and the associated ecological and biogeographical responses. As a quaternary geologists, I operate on long, millennial times-scales and at the interface of geological and biological sciences. Current scientific questions are, for example, the response of northern biota (plants and animals) to the glacial-interglacial warming, the nature of the Holocene thermal maximum and the origin and long-term development of the Boreal biome. My research involves intense collaboration with climate modellers, ecologists, climatologists and computer scientists.


Curriculum Vitae

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Latest publications

  1. From microbial eukaryotes to metazoan vertebrates: Wide spectrum paleo-diversity in sedimentary ancient DNA over the last similar to 14,500years

    Kisand, V., Talas, L., Kisand, A., Stivrins, N., Reitalu, T., Alliksaar, T., Vassiljev, J., Liiv, M., Heinsalu, A., Seppä, H. & Veski, S., Nov 2018, In : Geobiology. 16, 6, p. 628-639 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Time-varying relationships among oceanic and atmospheric modes: A turning point at around 1940

    Fang, K., Chen, D., Ilvonen, L., Frank, D., Pasanen, L., Holmström, L., Zhao, Y., Zhang, P. & Seppä, H., 10 Sep 2018, In : Quaternary International. 487, p. 12-25 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. The global hydroclimate response during the Younger Dryas event

    Renssen, H., Goosse, H., Roche, D. M. & Seppä, H., 1 Aug 2018, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 193, p. 84-97 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Rapid climatic and biotic turnover rates during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition

    Heikki Seppä (Speaker)
    12 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Pre-examiner of doctoral thesis

    Heikki Seppä (Supervisor)

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  3. Boreal Environment Research (Journal)

    Heikki Seppä (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

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Latest prizes

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Latest projects

  1. EBOR: Ecological history and long-term dynamics of the Boreal forest ecosystem

    Ilvonen, L., Seppä, H. & Holmström, L.


    Project: Research project


    Chambers, F., Korhola, A., Seppä, H., Väliranta, M. & Sarmaja-Korjonen, K. M.


    Project: Research project

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