Sari Juutinen


Description of research and teaching

I am an ecologist interested in ecosystem carbon and nutrient dynamics and how these responds to environmental changes in lake, peatland and tundra ecosystems. My research includes ecosystem-atmosphere carbon exchange from leaf to catchment level, lateral carbon and matter fluxes, sediment records and geochemical tracers of matter fluxes, and, in particular, the role of vegetation and plant communities in ecosystem functioning. 

I completed my PhD in biology on methane fluxes and their environmental controls in boreal lakes in 2004 (University of Joensuu), and hold the title Adjunct Professor in ecosystem ecology (University of Helsinki). As a postdoctoral researcher I have participated in projects on lake C-gas fluxes, short- and long-term carbon dynamics of a peatland (PI), effects of nitrogen deposition on peatland vegetation and carbon dynamics, the validation of the Holocenene Peatland Model against peatland chronosequence data, and the effect of vegetation phenology on mapping land cover, soils, and vegetation for estimating C stocks and fluxes in the tundra. Before my current position at ECRU I have worked at Mount Holyoke College (USA), McGill University (Canada), and the Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki. My current project deals with lateral C and matter fluxes and its spatial and temporal variation in north boreal lakes. It is part of the consortium “Carbon dynamics across Arctic landscape gradients: past, present and future” led by ECRU (funded 2016-2020).


Highlighted publications

  1. Wetland chronosequence as a model of peatland development: Vegetation succession, peat and carbon accumulation

    Tuittila, E-S., Juutinen, S., Frolking, S., Väliranta, M., Laine, A., Miettinen, A., Seväkivi, M-L., Quillet, A. & Merilä, P. 2013 In : Holocene. 23, p. 25-35 11 p.

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  2. Responses of Vegetation and Ecosystem CO2 Exchange to 9 Years of Nutrient Addition at Mer Bleue Bog

    Juutinen, S., Bubier, J. L. & Moore, T. R. 20 Jul 2010 In : Ecosystems. 13, p. 874-887 14 p.

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  3. Effects of nutrient addition on leaf chemistry, morphology, and photosynthetic capacity of three bog shrubs

    Bubier, J., Smith, R., Juutinen, S., Moore, T., Minocha, R., Long, S. & Minocha, S. 2011 In : Oecologia. 167, p. 355-368

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  4. Methane dynamics in different boreal lake types

    Juutinen, S., Rantakari, M., Kortelainen, P., Huttunen, J. T., Larmola, T., Alm, J., Silvola, J. & Martikainen, P. J. 2009 In : Biogeosciences. 6, 2, p. 209-223 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Major implication of the littoral zone for methane release from boreal lakes

    Juutinen, S., Alm, J., Larmola, T., Huttunen, J. T., Morero, M., Martikainen, P. J. & Silvola, J. 2003 In : Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 17, 11 p.

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  6. Holocene aquatic ecosystem change in the boreal vegetation zone of northern Finland

    Väliranta, M., Weckström, J., Siitonen, S., Seppä, H., Alkio, J., Juutinen, S. & Tuittila, E-S. 2011 In : Journal of Paleolimnology. 2011, 45, p. 339-352

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Highlighted activities

  1. McGill University

    Juutinen, S. (Visiting researcher)
    1 Oct 200915 Apr 2010

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  2. University of New Hampshire

    Juutinen, S. (Visiting researcher)
    17 Jan 201123 Jan 2011

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