Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, Adjunct Professor


Curriculum Vitae

I have the title of docent (adjunct professor) in urban ecology and I have been in recent years studying ecosystem services provided by urban green areas. I am especially interested in the impact of urban vegetation, such as trees, on the concentrations of air pollutants (e.g. NO2, O3, VOCs, PAHs, SO2, particulates) and if vegetation can or cannot improve air quality in cities and provide an important ecosystem service for urban inhabitants. My goal is to provide much needed empirical research data on the topic by accurate measurements. My local-scale studies include different plant configurations, climatic regions and seasons as well as various urban environments (e.g. near-road environments, street canyons, urban parks and forests, residential areas). Moreover, I am studying the operationalisation of ecosystem services in urban planning and decision-making. For latest updates of my research and publications, see also my ResearchGate profile.

Academic Education and Merits

  • 2018 Adjunct Professor (The Title of Docent) in Urban Ecology
  • 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

  • 2018 –> Academy of Finland, Science adviser
  • 2007 – 2018  University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Sciences, Researcher
  • 2002 – 2006 University of Helsinki, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Researcher, Doctoral student

Latest publications

  1. (Dis) integrated valuation - Assessing the information gaps in ecosystem service appraisals for governance support

    Barton, D. N. , Kelemen, E. , Dick, J. , Martín-López , B. , Gomez-Baggethun, E. , Jacobs, S. , Hendriks, C. M. A. , Termansen, M. , Garcia-Llorente, M. , Primmer, E. , Dunford, R. , Harrison, P. , Turkelboom, F. , Saarikoski, H. , van Dijk, J. , Rusch, G. M. , Palomo, I. , Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. , Carvalho, L. , Baro, F. & 17 others Langemeyer, J., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Mederly, P., Priess, J., Luque, S., Berry, P., Santos, R., Odee, D., Martinez Pastur, G., Garcia Blanco, G., Saarela, S-R., Silaghi, D., Pataki, G., Masi, F., Vadineanu, A., Mukhopadhyay, R. & Lapola, D. 21 Feb 2018 In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 529-541 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment: Experiences from real world situations

    Dunford, R. , Harrison, P. , Smith, A. , Dick, J. , Barton, D. N. , Martín-López , B. , Kelemen, E. , Jacobs, S. , Saarikoski, H. , Turkelboom, F. , Verheyden, W. , Hauck, J. , Antunes, P. , Aszalos, R. , Badea, O. , Baro, F. , Berry, P. , Carvalho, L. , Conte, G. , Czucz, B. & 28 others Garcia Blanco, G., Howard, D., Giuca, R., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Grizetti, B., Izakovicova, Z., Kopperoinen, L., Langemeyer, J., Luque, S., Lapola, D. M., Martinez Pastur, G. J., Mukhopadhyay, R., Roy, S. B., Niemelä, J. K., Norton, L., Ochieng, J., Odee, D., Palomo, I., Pinho, P., Priess, J., Rusch, G., Saarela, S-R., Santos, R., Tjalling van der Wal, J., Vadineanu, A., Vari, A., Woods, H. & Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. 21 Feb 2018 In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 499-514 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. 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. & 74 others 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. 21 Feb 2018 In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 552-565 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Viherympäristöliitto (External organisation)

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. (Expert member)
    1 Oct 201731 Dec 2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in review committee

  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. Landscape review (Journal)

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

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

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