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The Sea is built around a core team of three professors, three tenure-track professors, postdocs and researchers at the three different subjects within Åbo Akademi University: Environmental and Marine BiologyPublic Administration and Maritime Law, and Industrial Management. The core team is strengthened by a Professor of Practice and guest professors. The team is further supported by a steering group within the university.


Professors:


⇩ Erik Bonsdorff  Marko Joas ⇨  Kim Wikström ⇨


Associate professors:


⇩ Anna Törnroos-Remes  ⇩ Nina Tynkkynen  ⇩ Magnus Hellström  ⇩ Henrik Ringbom  ⇩ Christian Panch-Hattich


PostDocs:


⇩ Giannina Hattich   ⇩ Savitri Jetoo   ⇩ Anastasia Tsvetkova


Professor of Practice:


⇩ Maria Laamanen


Guest Professors (2018-2020):


Per Jonsson ⇨  Kristine Kern ⇨   Kent Eriksson ⇨


      Erik Bonsdorff

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“I have an over 40 year experience of and a broad interest in marine biology and ecology, in particular the Baltic and adjacent seas. I study how the ecosystem responds and adapts to both long-term natural change and anthropogenic stress. I am also interested in Science-to-Policy for the benefit of the sea and the societies that depend on it”

 


Professor

Email: erik.bonsdorff@abo.fi

Phone: +358 (0)40 536 3539

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Background

Erik Bonsdorff recieved his MSc (1979) and PhD (1985) from Åbo Akademi University and has done numerous research-visits abroad. He was 1986-1997 head of Husö Biological Station, and 1997-1999 professor of marine biology at Umeå University and Head of Umeå Marine Sciences Centre, Sweden. Bonsdorff has been professor of marine biology at Åbo Akademi University since April 1999, and Nordic visiting professor (20%) at the University of Gothenburg for 5 years (2000-2005). 

He was Baltic Sea advisor for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 2006-2008, and a member/board- and delegation-member of learned societies and foundations (the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland, Kungliga Skytteanska Samfundet i Sverige, Östersjöfonden on Åland). Bonsdorff has been a member of boards and scientific advisory boards for Nordic strategic research initiatives and centers of excellence (the Nordic Marine Academy 2005-2011, Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Centre for Coastal Research, University of Agder, Norway). 

He has been a member of several editorial- and advisory boards of scientific journals (e.g. Ambio, MEPS), and has published about 200 papers, chapters and reports (cited over 10.000 times). Bonsdorff has continuously been writing popular science and policy documents (columns, blogs, debate-articles, general overviews), and contributing to science-to society through participation in various media. He became National Professor of the Year in 2017, and has recieved several academic and other awards. Bonsdorff has been 2017-2021 the Initiator and Chair of the Åbo Akademi University strategic research profile The Sea.


Expertise

General marine ecology (ecosystem structure and functioning, food web ecology, biodiversity) and environmental policy. Specific knowledge on zoobenthos, fish and their interactions, coastal as well as open sea ecosystems, climate change-induced change in combination with other natural and anthropogenic stressors (such as eutrophication, hypoxia, habitat degradation, role of invasive species etc.).


Impact

Since the 1980’s, Bonsdorff has been active in communication with stakeholders, policy- and decision-makers and the general public on marine/aquatic environmental issues as well as general aspects of environmental policy and university-level education. He’s a widely known speaker on (marine) environmental issues both within academia and society at large, nationally and abroad, and a board member of the Finnish Cultural heritage Foundation.

Erik’s research focuses on biological and ecological responses and adaptations to human-induced pressures (e.g. eutrophication, global climate-change effects, hypoxia, fisheries, invasive species, physical and chemical stressors, land-coast interactions) on marine ecosystems. Various aspects of structural and functional biodiversity, food-web ecology and long-term change, with focus on coastal, archipelago and off-shore benthic communities, including benthic-pelagic linkages.

He’s actively involved in science-to-policy advice within the Baltic Sea region and beyond. His main regions of research include the Baltic Sea with focus on its coastal and archipelago systems, Arctic benthic food webs, urban coastal lagoons, and general aspects of large-scale and long-term drivers of marine ecosystem-change.

Bonsdorff has actively participated in numerous large-scale Baltic Sea initiatives (namely the BONUS EEIG and other international networks) as well as various Nordic (Centers of excellence NorMER, Nordic marine Academy NMA etc) and European research initiatives (Horizon2020-projects, Innovative Training Networks/Marie Sclodowska Curie Actions). He’s currently completing the BONUS-programme within a synthesis-project on Baltic Sea food webs (BONUS XWEBS), and participating in two Arctic marine projects/programs (EU H2020 ECOTIP and the Norwegian East Greenland project TUNU).

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Anna Törnroos-Remes

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“I have a strong interest in what roles marine organisms play in nature, for the well-being of us humans and for a sustainable economy”

 

 


Associate Professor

Email: anna.m.tornroos@abo.fi 

Phone: +358 414341741 

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Background

She received her PhD in Marine Biology 2014 from Åbo Akademi University, after which she worked as postdoc within the EU BONUS project BIO-C3, and as a guest researcher at the Centre for Ocean Life, Technical University of Denmark.


Expertise

Marine ecology, ecosystem functioning, coastal ecosystems and biodiversity, Baltic Sea animals and environments, seafloor and bottom-living organisms, trait-based approaches.


Impact

Her research is featured in international high-impact natural science journals, Nordic popular science journals and newspapers. An important aspect of her cross-disciplinary work is converting knowledge about the marine ecosystem into information for policy and management, technology and business. She is involved in HELCOM and ICES working groups, and also engaged in dialog about marine biodiversity and environmental issues with society in various ways, e.g. through various private stakeholders and schools with the BIVALVIA cross-disciplinary art-science-technology project (in Swedish).

Anna’s research focuses on the functioning of coastal areas, marine environments and particularly the seafloor. To understand the functioning and be able to assess the state and pressures on the marine ecosystem, she applies and develops the “trait-based approach”. This approach centers around the characteristics or traits of marine organisms, such as how they feed, live and reproduce, which allows us to understand how marine organism contribute to e.g. production, nutrient circulation and habitat provision, as well as predict ecological strategies in contrasting environments under global change.

As a new research avenue within The Sea, she aims to investigate the role marine organisms play for us humans, for which she leads a project on “Human-marine animal relationships in the context of biodiversity and human-wellbeing” (Kulturfonden 2019).

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    Nina Tynkkynen

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I am an environmental social scientist interested in societal dynamics of environmental governance

 

 



Associate Professor (Tenure-track)

Email: nina.tynkkynen@abo.fi 

Phone: +358 504400406 

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Background

Nina Tynkkynen received her PhD in Environmental Policy in 2008 from the University of Tampere. She has worked as a senior lecturer (University of Turku 2015-), senior research fellow (University of Tampere 2014), postdoctoral research fellow (2010-2014) and various other academic positions. She has the title of adjunct professor (docent) at the University of Helsinki awarded in 2014, and she became chair of the steering group of The Sea from 2021-.


Expertise

Environmental policy and governance related to the marine environment in general, and the Baltic Sea area in particular; multilevel governance, the politics of knowledge and the construction of environmental problems and the related policies.


Impact

Nina’s research is featured in international and domestic high-impact social scientific journals and in national non-scholarly publications. Selected publications include “Russia and the politics of international environmental regimes: Environmental encounters or foreign policy?” (a monograph by Edward Elgar in 2015; with A. Korppoo & G. Hønneland). In addition, she worked as the Editor-in-Chief in the Finnish academic journal Alue & Ympäristö in 2013-2016.

Her research involves a lot of stakeholders, as knowledge co-production and co-creation are the core ideas in her research methodology. The aim is to practice science not only to the public, but also with the public. She is also the member of Itämeripaneeli by the cities of Turku and Helsinki.

Nina’s research focuses on multilevel governance settings relevant for the protection of marine environments. Methodologically, her research is based on the notion that in order to govern environmental problems, the problems and their solutions need to be defined. Accordingly, she is interested in the perceptions, knowledge and ideas that various stakeholders have on the marine environment and its problems.

In the project Living with the Baltic Sea in a changing climate: Environmental heritage and the circulation of knowledge SeaHer (Academy of Finland 2018-2022), she and her research group study how different types of environmental knowledge, including the so called local or experience-based knowledge, could better be fitted together and used for the benefit of both scientific inquiry as well as effective and communicative environmental governance.

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  Magnus Hellström

 

“I have a passion for discovering and designing ways in which business operations by, at, and in the sea can be made more sustainable. In my research I often use a cross-disciplinary and collaborative clinical approach to new knowledge creation, working in close connection with practitioners”

 



Associate Professor (Tenure-track)

Email: magnus.hellstrom@abo.fi 

Phone: +358407379980

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Background

Dr. Hellström earned his doctorate degree in industrial management from Åbo Akademi University. He holds the title of docent (project business) at the same university. He also holds a part time position at the Department for Working Life and Innovation at the School of Business and Law at University of Agder in Norway.


Expertise

Project business and management, modularization, solutions selling, servitization of manufacturing, sustainable and circular business model design, business ecosystem modelling, design science research, use of serious games in education.


Impact

Publishing in a variety of fields, Magnus Hellström’s work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production, Industrial Marketing Management, and International Journal of Project Management. In 2017, “Network management practices – In Search of Collaborative Advantage”, a book co-edited by Magnus, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. In addition to his academic work, Magnus has been actively popularizing his research and authored booklets on modularization and solutions selling.

Magnus’ research revolves around new business models in industrial ecosystems and project-based industries, such as ones based on modularization, servitization, collaborative business practices, digitalisation, and sustainability.

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    Henrik Ringbom

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“Anything that floats or sinks in the sea is part of my research interests. Apart from that, I spend as much time as I can at sea, preferably on board floating things.”

 

 


Head of Research

Email: henrik.ringbom@abo.fi

Phone: 040 763 1071

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Background

Henrik has been since 2012 part-time Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Oslo and since 2019 at the University of Turku. Previous work experience includes being Head of Unit for Marine Environment, Training and Statistics at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) (2007-2012) and Administrator at the Maritime Safety Unit of the European Commission (1997-2003).


Expertise

Law of the sea, maritime law, international environmental law, EU-law, marine governance.


Impact

He has published widely in the field of European and international shipping and environmental law, some 40 peer reviewed articles and 4 books or edited volumes. In addition, he has authored some 10 expert studies for Finnish and Norwegian ministries and other authorities. He is an observer representative at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Administrative Board and the past President of the Finnish Maritime Law Association.

He is also a member of Advisory Board of Finnish (DIMECC) ecosystem for autonomous maritime ecosystem, OneSea Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem and of the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Shipping and of the Governing Board of the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo.

Henrik’s research focus lies in the interaction between different regulatory layers in a marine setting. A key area of interest has been the relationship between EU law and the law of the sea, when it comes to shippping regulation, but the inter-relationship between regulatory layers has also been key in his more recent research into autonomous ships and marine governance issues more broadly.

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Christian Pansch-Hattich

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“I am a marine ecologist fascinated by the sea and the interactions species have among each other. I particularly look into the underwater environment with a view for the plentiful scales at which processes occur, from small-scale and short term processes to large-scale and long-term changes”

 

 

Associate Professor (Tenure-track)

Email: cpanschh@abo.fi

Phone: +358 50 5126850

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Background

Christian received his PhD in Marine Biology in 2012 from Kiel University, Germany, after which he worked as postdoc researcher at Gothenburg University in Sweden. In 2014, Christian received a Helmholtz postdoc fellowship to work at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel: Following this he received a researcher position at GEOMAR establishing his own independent research group. Christian has recently taken a position as Associate Prof. of Marine Biology at Åbo Akademi University, donated by the city of Turku.


Expertise

Marine eco-physiology and ecology, ecosystem functioning and biodiversity, climate extremes, environmental variability across scales, climate change research.


Impact

The output Christian produces is widely recognized by the scientific community. Research articles are published in high-impact international natural science journals. Christian is actively spreading his most-recent research results at many renown international conferences. In order to transfer scientific knowledge, Christian has also produced film material featuring his research.

Christian’s research focuses on the impacts of environmental variability and extreme climatic events, such as marine heatwaves, on benthic marine communities. Here, Christian has developed novel infrastructure and new approaches in order to address the complexity of variable environments in a climate change context. He applies approaches from eco-physiology to testing entire marine communities in response of multiple and fluctuating climate change drivers.

Within The Sea, Christian aims to investigate the role of extreme climatic events within the Archipelago Sea, their perception in society, and measures that may help mediate their negative impacts on the underwater ecosystem.

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   Giannina Hattich

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“My research is concerned with understanding how anthropogenic stressors effect single species, populations, communities and are modulated by eco-evolutionary interactions, to better predict future changes in marine ecosystems functioning.”

 

 


Postdoctoral Researcher 

Email: giannina.hattich@abo.fi


Background

Giannina recieved her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2013 at the Christian Albrecht’s University Kiel, Germany, and her Master of Science in Marine and Fisheries Ecology in 2014 at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She did her PhD Thesis at the Christian Albrecht’s University, Kiel, and the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel (2015-2018). During 2019-2020 she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the DynaTrait project at GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel.


Expertise

Marine ecology, ecosystem functioning, eco-evolutionary dynamics, phytoplankton.


Impact

Her research has been published in several different journals, including Frontiers Marine Science, Plos One, Biology Letters, Scientific Reports, and Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Giannina’s research focuses on investigate eco-evolutionary coupling in competing marine phytoplankton communities. The overarching goal of her projects is to assess the relative importance, and functional interdependencies of ecological and evolutionary processes within communities under external pressure. This is done by decomposing responses of simplified plankton communities to enhanced CO2 and nutrient limitation and temperature shifts into ecological and evolutionary components using an experimental approach on the one hand. On the other hand, she uses empirical partitioning metrics to assess the underlying importance of inter- and intraspecific trait changes for seasonal size changes in natural phytoplankton communities.

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       Savitri Jetoo

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“I am interested in environmental decision making around complex, uncertain wicked problems such as climate change and eutrophication”

 

 


Adjunct Professor (Docent) & Postdoctoral Fellow 

Email: sjetoo@abo.fi

Phone: +358 050 524 2874

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Background

Savitri received her PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. She also has a certificate in International Water Law from the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, University of Dundee, Scotland and a Graduate Diploma in Water Without Borders in International Water Policy from the United Nations University-Institute of Environment, Water and Health (UNU-INWEH) and McMaster University.


Expertise

Environmental governance, multilevel governance, Great Lakes governance, Baltic Sea governance, science policy interface, Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) governance, participatory governance.


Impact

Savitri’s research is featured in multiple international peer reviewed journals.

Savitri’s research focuses on water governance, due to her interest in multi-scalar, multi-stakeholder aspects of decision making. Her past research has focused on environmental decision making around complex, uncertain issues such as nutrient pollution of large water bodies.The term multi-scalar is used, as decision making for the protection of the environment and devising innovative solutions to the problems that exist involves new stakeholders on many levels in addition to the government.

Some of the research questions that Savitri has asked in her work are ‘what is the role of the government in this reconfiguration of environmental governance’ and ‘what roles can other stakeholders play in environmental decision making?’ In the Great Lakes of North America, there are many different stakeholders including the US and Canadian federal governments, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, tribal nations and members of the public.

Her research has focused on multilevel systems of governance in which these different stakeholders exercise different levels of power and authority to determine who gets to decide and who gets to participate in decision making. Savitri’s research has taken this further by focusing on comparative studies with the Baltic Sea, Chesapeake Bay and is now interested in other regions of the world.

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 Anastasia Tsvetkova

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“I believe that there doesn’t have to be a trade-off among environmental, economic and social sustainability when we talk about the Baltic Sea. Rather, those dimensions can reinforce each other if we carefully guide the evolution of maritime business ecosystem”

 

 


Postdoctoral Researcher 

Email: anastasia.tsvetkova@abo.fi

Phone: +358 40 934 88 92

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Background

She graduated from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 2009 (MSc) and received her doctoral degree in Industrial Management from Åbo Akademi University in 2015 (Dr.Tech). Anastasia has worked as researcher at the Laboratory of Industrial Management and at PBI Research Institute, Turku, since 2010. She has been a visiting researcher at Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London in 2012 and spent six months as a visiting scholar at Global Projects Center at Stanford University in 2015.


Expertise

Business ecosystems, value creation, sea logistics, shipbuilding, industrial ecology, business models, institutional barriers.


Impact

The research done on sustainable short sea shipping in the Baltic Sea within REBUS program led by Anastasia won FIMECC Prize in 2015 for innovativeness and impact on Finnish industry.

Anastasia’s research focuses on the complexity and dynamism of business ecosystems, as well as ways to manage and benefit from it. Sea logistics ecosystem is formed by a multitude of actors, including the actual logistics operators, port-related actors, shipbuilding sector, and other critical influencing actors like governmental and non-governmental organizations. To ensure its sustainable future, it is necessary to take a holistic approach and see any individual actor’s business model or technological innovation as a part of the whole complex and dynamic structure that affects and is affected by this particular innovation.

Anastasia’s research concerns institutionalization of business ecosystems, innovative business models for shaping them, development of collaboration mechanisms required for industry restructuring, and governance of system investments.

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   Maria Laamanen

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“Interface between science and policy is where change is born.”

 


 


Professor of Practice

Email: maria.laamanen@ym.fi

Phone: +3583669849

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Background

Maria has a PhD in hydrobiology and is a docent in aquatic sciences (University of Helsinki).


Expertise

Protection of marine environments, especially eutrophication, climate change and oceans and seas, as well as plastics and marine environments.


Impact

In Maria’s work she influences the formation of policies at the national, Baltic Sea region, EU and global level, and promote their implementation at the national level. Her main responsibilities are implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Directive and HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan in Finland.

Maria’s research was in the past focused on marine plankton ecology and systematics of cyanobacteria, as well as development of assessment methods for the marine environment. Currently, she’s not active in science as her main focus is in bridging science and policy in her main job as Senior Ministerial Advisor in the Ministry of the Environment, working on marine environment protection, as well as in her Professor of Practice post. 


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Updated 16.9.2021