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. Holocene temperature evolution in the Northern Hemisphere high latitudes – Model-data comparisons

    Zhang, Y., Renssen , H., Seppä, H. & Valdes , P. J. 1 Oct 2017 In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 173, p. 101-113 13 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Widespread, episodic decline of alder (Alnus) during the medieval period in the boreal forest of Europe

    Stivrins, N., Buchan, M. S., Disbrey, H. R., Kuosmanen, N., Latalowa, M., Lempinen, J., Muukkonen, P., Slowinski, M., Veski, S. & Seppä, H. Oct 2017 In : Journal of Quaternary Science. 32, 7, p. 903-907 5 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Climate of the late Pleistocene and early Holocene in coastal South China inferred from submerged wood samples

    Fang, K., Cai, B., Liu, X., Lei, G., Jiang, X., Zhao, Y., Li, H. & Seppä, H. 15 Aug 2017 In : Quaternary International. 447, p. 111-117 7 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Latest activities

  1. EU COST action programme (External organisation)

    Seppä, H. (Board member)

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in research network

  2. Journal of Quaternary Science (Journal)

    Seppä, H. (Reviewer)
    20 Nov 2011

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

  3. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany (Journal)

    Seppä, H. (Reviewer)
    20 Nov 2011

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

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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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