Heini Kujala

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I joined the Metapopulation Research Group as an undergraduate student in 2005. Since then I have finished my masters' thesis (supervised by Dr. Mar Cabeza) and worked together with Dr. Atte Moilanen assisting in the development, testing and publication of the conservation planning software Zonation. During 2008-2012 I worked with my PhD project under the supervision of Dr. Mar Cabeza, looking into uncertainties that arise from doing conservation planning under climate change. I defended my thesis "Climate change, species range shifts and uncertainty - a new era of conservation planning" in June 2012, and since August 2012 I have been based at the University of Melbourne, working as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group. For future research developments, please visit my site.

 

Research

The main interest of my studies is in conservation planning. In my masters thesis I assessed the effectiveness of Finnish protected area network to represent species by comparing the distribution of reserves and areas of high conservation value, looking for possible gaps in the protection level of species. During my PhD project I am focusing on the effects of climate change on species distributions and on the impacts that this has on species protection. It has been predicted that species will shift their ranges towards poles and higher altitudes as a result of a warming climate, and the first signs of this global change in species distributions have already been recorded in many places of the world. This has created an increasing concern of species moving outside reserves, thus possibly foiling the efforts put on species protection in the past. In my PhD project I will assess the possible changes that will take place in Finland and evaluate the robustness of the reserve network against the changing climate. Finally I will attempt to develop reserve selection methods that identify important areas for the conservation of species subjected to climate change.

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Affiliation Expiration30/06/2012

Highlighted publications

  1. Climate change, species range shifts and uncertainty - A new era of conservation planning

    Kujala, H., 2012, Helsinki: Unigrafia. 123 p.

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles

  2. Misleading results from conventional gap analysis – Messages from the warming north

    Kujala, H., Araújo, M. B., Thuiller, W. & Cabeza, M., 19 Jul 2011, In : Biological Conservation. 144, 10, p. 2450-2458 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Costs of Integrating Economics and Conservation Planning

    Arponen, A., Cabeza, M., Eklund, J., Kujala, H. & Lehtomäki, J., 2010, In : Conservation Biology. 24, 5, p. 1198-1204 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Conference: 25th International Congress of Conservation Biology (ICCB)

    Heini Kujala (Speaker: Presenter)
    5 Dec 201110 Dec 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. School of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne

    Heini Kujala (Visiting researcher)
    27 Nov 20113 Dec 2011

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

  3. 20th Spring Symposium

    Heini Kujala (Member of organizing committee)
    7 Mar 20119 Mar 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest prizes

  1. Olli's prize

    Heini Kujala (Recipient), 10 Mar 2010

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Young Influential Woman in Society Award

    Heini Kujala (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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