Saija Maria Sirkiä


Description of research and teaching

Interests in science

I am interested in many aspects of environmental sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology. I am especially interested in landscape ecology, land-use problems and conservation biology in forest environments. Alongside with ecological studies, I have studied scientific communication, creative writing and development studies.

Own research

My main interest lies in understanding the key constraints that humans, especially through land use, put on widlife populations in Finland. The aim of my research has been to enhance the conservation and management of Capercaillie and other forest-dwelling species in Finland.

I am especially interested in analyses that span through several spatial and temporal scales. The scope of my research has been in landscape ecology or macroecology, spatial scales covering usually several hundreds of hectares, in minimum.

More specifically, in my PhD thesis I have studied the influence of forest age structure on the Capercaillie population decline, and the effects of large-scale human land use on the abundances of Capercaillie and Moose in Finland. In addition, I have studied the effects of forest cover and fragmentation on the persistence of Capercaillie lekking areas in three study sites in Finland.

After my PhD, I worked as a postdoc researcher with professor Atte Moilanen and PhD student Joona Lehtomäki in the spatial conservation prioritization group. We utilized Zonation software in designing a spatial habitat prioritization for Capercaillie in Southern Finland.

From October 2011 onwards, I work as a project manager at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). My duties involve coordinating the research and management projects funded by the Forest Biodiversity Programme (METSO).

Affiliation Expiration30/09/2011

Latest publications

  1. The unknown northern green: evaluation of a national forest biodiversity research program

    Juslen, A. & Sirkia, S. 1 Mar 2013 In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 22, 3, p. 811-823 13 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA2 Review in scientific journal

  2. Defining spatial priorities for capercaillie Tetrao urogallus lekking landscape conservation in south-central Finland

    Sirkiä, S. M., Lehtomäki, J., Lindén, H., Tomppo, E. & Moilanen, A. 2012 In : Wildlife Biology. 18, 4, p. 337-353 17 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Contemporary mature forest cover does not explain the persistence of Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) lekking areas in Finland

    Sirkiä, S. M., Nikula, A., Helle, P., Lindén, H., Norrdahl, K., Suorsa, P. & Valkeajärvi, P. 2011 In : Ornis Fennica. 88, 4, p. 208-216 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. Riistapäivät 2011

    Sirkiä, S. M. (Speaker: Presenter)
    18 Jan 201119 Jan 2011

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

  2. Reviewer of an article for Estonian Journal of Ecology (Journal)

    Sirkiä, S. M. (Reviewer)
    23 Feb 2011

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

  3. Presentation in the meeting of the Keski-Suomen metsoparlamentti

    Sirkiä, S. M. (Speaker: Presenter)
    31 May 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

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Latest prizes

  1. Grant from the Finnish Concordia Foundation

    Saija Maria Sirkiä (Recipient), 15 Apr 2008

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Chancellor's Travel Grant

    Saija Maria Sirkiä (Recipient), 30 Apr 2009

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  3. Chancellor's Travel Grant

    Saija Maria Sirkiä (Recipient), 25 Apr 2008

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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