Tenure track professors
Four assistant/associate professors (tenure track) form the backbone of Åbo Akademi University’s The Sea research profile. They are:
Magnus Hellström Associate Professor within The Sea 1.9.2018-31.8.2022 at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
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. His research interests revolve around new business models in the project-based industry, such as ones based on modularization, servitization, collaborative business practices, and sustainability. Hellström also holds a position project and supply chain management at the University of Agder in Norway, where he is a member of a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on circular economy. His work has appeared in journals such as Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, and International Journal of Project Management. In addition to his academic work, Hellström has been consulting a number of large and medium sized technology companies.
Nina Tynkkynen Associate Professor within The Sea 1.8.2018-31.7.2022 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business, and Economics.
Dr. Tynkkynen holds a doctorate in administrative sciences from the University of Tampere and the title of docent (environmental policy) at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on marine environmental governance and the politics of environmental knowledge, including questions related to public engagement in knowledge production and science—policy interface. She is also interested in the dynamics of international environmental politics. Currently she leads the research project Living with the Baltic Sea in a changing climate: Environmental heritage and the circulation of knowledge, funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2022). Tynkkynen has a solid publication record, including papers in the leading international journals such as Environmental Politics, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Environmental Policy and Governance and Marine Policy, and a monograph by Edward Elgar.
Anna Törnroos-Remes Assistant Professor within The Sea 1.8.2018-31.7.2021 at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Dr. Törnroos-Remes received her PhD in Marine Biology 2014 and is now back at Åbo Akademi University after four years as a guest researcher at the Centre for Ocean Life, Technical University of Denmark. With a broad interest in marine organisms and the roles they play in nature and for the well-being of us humans and a sustainable blue economy, her current research focuses on the functioning of coastal areas and particularly the seafloor. To understand the functioning of and 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. The approach incorporates knowledge from multiple scientific fields such as marine ecology, behavioural biology, oceanography, mathematics and physics. Another aspect of her cross-disciplinary work is converting knowledge about the marine ecosystem into information for policy and management, technology and business. She is also engaged in dialog about marine biodiversity and environmental issues with various private stakeholders, and schools and school children through e.g. the BIVALVIA cross-disciplinary art-science-technology project.
Christian Pansch-Hattich Associate Professor of Marine Biology within The Sea 15.9.2019-15.9.2023 at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Dr. Pansch-Hattich received his PhD in Marine Biology from Kiel University, Germany, after which he worked at Gothenburg University in Sweden and at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel. He has recently taken a position at Åbo Akademi University that was donated by the City of Turku. His current research focuses on the impacts of environmental variability and extreme climatic events, such as marine heatwaves, on benthic marine communities. Here, he 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, he 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. 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 and through public media.