Vesa Yli-Pelkonen

Person

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)

Research

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

    Greenbelts do not reduce NO2 concentrations in near-road environments

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., Viippola, J. V., Kotze, D. J. & Setälä, H. M. 10 Aug 2017 In : Urban Climate .

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Trees in urban parks and forests reduce O3, but not NO2 concentrations in Baltimore, MD, USA

    Yli-Pelkonen, V. J., Scott, A. A., Viippola, J. V. & Setälä, H. M. 10 Aug 2017 In : Atmospheric Environment. 167, p. 73-80 8 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Impacts of residential infilling on private gardens in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

    Ojala, E. A. K., Niemelä, J. K. & Yli-Pelkonen, V. J. 1 Jan 2017 Green Landscapes in the European City, 1750-2010. Clark, P., Niemi, M. & Nolin, C. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 71-86 16 p. (Routledge studies in modern European history)

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

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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)
    2016

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

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Education

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