Vesa Yli-Pelkonen


Curriculum Vitae


Academic Education

  • 2002 - 2007 University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences: Ph.D. (Environmental Sciences) January 2007, Title of the academic dissertation: Use of ecological information in urban planning 
  • 1996 - 2001 University of Helsinki, Department of Ecology and Systematics: M.Sc. June 2001, Master’s thesis title: Predation by dragonfly larvae on frog and toad tadpoles: role of behaviour; Major: morphological-ecological zoology, Minors: environmental biology, environmental sciences
  • 1992 - 1996 Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology: B.Eng. May 1996, Department of Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology. Bachelor’s thesis title: The load-survey of Espoo’s Lake Pitkäjärvi at the catchment area of the city of Vantaa. Special modules: e.g. Environmental technology, New biotechnology, Chemical engineering

Academic work experience

  • 2007 –>  University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (from 1 January 2010 Department of Environmental Sciences), Researcher (research, development and teaching)
  • 2002 – 2006 University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Researcher, Doctoral student (research and teaching)


I am currently studying ecosystem services provided by urban green areas, and working in several research projects; e.g. "Impacts of Urban Vegetation on Air Pollution Levels" (several funding sources, 2011 - ), "Operationalisation of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services: From concepts to real-world applications – OpenNESS" (EU Seventh Framework Programme 2012-2017) and "Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy - GREEN SURGE" (EU Seventh Framework Programme 2012-2017). One of my main topics at the moment is the impact of urban vegetation, especially trees, on air pollutant concentrations.

Latest publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Stakeholders' perspectives on the operationalisation of the ecosystem service concept: Results from 27 case studies

    Dick, J., Turkelboom, F., Woods, H., Iniesta-Arandia, I., Primmer, E., Saarela, S-R., Bezak, P., Mederly, P., Leone, M., Verheyden, W., Kelemen, E., Hauck, J., Andrews, C., Antunes, P., Aszalos, R., Baro, F., Barton, D. N., Berry, P., Bugter, R., Carvalho, L., Czucz, B., Dunford, R., Garcia Blanco, G., Geamana, N., Giuca, R., Grizetti, B., Izakovicova, Z., Kertesz, M., Kopperoinen, L., Langemeyer, J., Montenegro Lapola, D., Liquete, C., Luque, S., Martinez Pastur, G., Martín-López , B., Mukhopadhyay, R., Niemelä, J. K., Odee, D., Luis Peri, P., Pinho, P., Buerger Patricio-Roberto, G., Preda, E., Priess, J., Röckmann, C., Santos, R., Silaghi, D., Smith, R., Vadineanu, A., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Arany, I., Badea, O., Bela, G., Boros, E., Bucur, M., Blumentrath, S., Calvache, M., Carmen, E., Clemente, P., Fernandes, J., Ferraz, D., Fongar, C., Garcia-Llorante, M., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Gundersen, V., Haavardsholm, O., Kaloczkai, A., Khalalwe, T., Kiss, G., Köhler, B., Lazanyi, O., Lellei-Kovacs, E., Lichungu, R., Lindhjem, H., Magare, C., Mustajoki, J., Ndege, C., Nowell, M., Nuss Girona, S., Ochieng, J., Anders, O., Palomo, I., Pataki, G., Reinvang, R., Rusch, G. M., Saarikoski, H., Smith, A., Soy Massoni, E., Stange, E., Vågnes Traaholt, N., Vari, A., Verweij, P., Vikström, S., Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. & Zulian, G. 16 Oct 2017 In : Ecosystem Services.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Monetary value of urban green space as an ecosystem service provider: A case study of urban runoff management in Finland

    Silvennoinen, S., Taka, M. K., Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., Koivusalo, H., Ollikainen, M. M. O. & Setälä, H. M. 7 Oct 2017 In : Ecosystem Services. 28, Part A, p. 17-27 11 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Identifying, Quantifying and Qualifying Biocultural Diversity: Assessment of Biocultural Diversity

    Vierikko, K. H., Andersson, E., Branquinho, C., Elands, B., Fischer, L. K., Goncalves, P., Grilo, F., Haase, D., Ioja, C., Kowarik, I., Lindgren, J. M., Mendes, R., Niemelä, J. K., Pieniniemi, M., Principe, A., Puttonen, M., Santos-Reis, M., Teixeira, D., Vieira, J. & Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. Sep 2017 63 p. (Technical Report; vol. September 2017)

    Publication: Book/anthologyD4 Published development or research report

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Latest activities

  1. Landscape Review (Journal)

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Reviewer)
    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

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

  2. Landscape and Urban Planning (Journal)

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Reviewer)
    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

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

  3. Hanna Eskelisen pro gradu -työn ohjaus

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Supervisor)

    Activity: ExaminationSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

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