Regoverning the existing hydropower system: integrating ecological, economic and societal aspects of sustainability (SusHydro)


We are involved in this joint project of Finnish Environment Institute and Natural Resources Institute Finland on the ecological, societal, economic and legal consequences of river dams. We are mostly responsible for whole-community biodiversity and benthic macroinvertebrate analysis and assessment in this project. This project is funded by the Academy of Finland for a period from 2020 to 2024. Persons directly funded by this part of the project: Saija Koljonen, Jani Heino and Kimmo Tolonen.

Securing biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services in drying river networks (DRYvER)

Most river networks of the world have intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams. The trend is that many more river networks are becoming threatened by an increasing probability of drying, but predictions where and how such changes will affect biodiversity and ecosystems services are unclear. We are participating in a very timely European Union H2020 funded project DRYvER where the focus is on biodiversity and ecosystem services in streams and rivers prone to recurring drying. The project is led by Dr. Thibault Datry. We are specifically contributing to WP2: 'Drying river networks and biodiversity'. The project is ongoing between 2020 and 2023. Persons funded by the project in Oulu: Heikki Mykrä, Jani Heino and Annika Vilmi.

Global freshwater biodiversity, biogeography and conservation (GLOWABIO)


Global biodiversity is declining rapidly, and freshwater organisms and habitats are among the most threatened. The project GLOWABIO applies cutting-edge global geospatial analyses focusing on (i) a new high-resolution habitat type delineation, (ii) mapping distribution patterns and assessing environmental correlates of aquatic insects globally and (iii) applying novel systematic conservation network analyses to highlight potential gaps in the protection of underrepresented habitat types and taxa across national boundaries. This project is led by Dr. Sami Domisch, and we are happy to collaborate with him and his research group during this important initiative.