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. Multiscale variation in drought controlled historical forest fire activity in the boreal forests of eastern Fennoscandia

    Aakala, T., Pasanen, L., Helama, S., Vakkari, V., Drobyshev, I., Seppa, H., Kuuluvainen, T., Stivrins, N., Wallenius, T., Vasander, H. & Holmstrom, L. Feb 2018 In : Ecological Monographs. 88, 1, p. 74-91 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Human responses to early Holocene climate variability in eastern Fennoscandia

    Manninen, M. A., Tallavaara, M. P. & Seppä, H. 26 Jan 2018 In : Quaternary International. 465, Part B, p. 287-297 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Bark beetles as agents of change in social-ecological systems

    Morris, J. L., Cottrell, S., Fettig, C. J., DeRose, R. J., Mattor, K. M., Carter, V. A., Clear, J., Clement, J., Hansen, W. D., Hicke, J. A., Higuera, P. E., Seddon, A. W. R., Seppä, H., Sherriff, R. L., Stednick, J. D. & Seybold, S. J. Jan 2018 In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 16, p. S34-S43 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Latest activities

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

    Seppä, H. (Speaker)
    12 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Pre-examiner of doctoral thesis

    Seppä, H. (Supervisor)

    Activity: ExaminationPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  3. Boreal Environment Research (Journal)

    Seppä, H. (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor 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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