Jani Heino

Project manager

Faculty of Science

My current research can be put under the label ‘global change biogeography’. Most of my research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental change at different spatial (from sites to continents) and temporal (from seasons to millennia) scales. I try to decipher environmental change mostly through the lens of variation in biological diversity in aquatic and terrestrial systems, which has a lot to do with my life-long interest in animals and plants. Along with both national and foreign collaborators, I have recently become interested in a more comprehensive framework incorporating both biotic and abiotic features of nature. As almost all areas across the world are affected by anthropogenic impacts, I am also currently devising a refined general framework that incorporates biotic, abiotic and human-altered features of drainage basins. At the level of a drainage basin, different phenomena are acting simultaneously and should be considered in monitoring, management, restoration and conservation of nature and ecosystem services. Finally, having been more like a hobby so far, I am also interested in earth history and how historical changes are associated with the development of civilizations and livelihoods of people today.

Selected publications

Heino, J., García‒Girón, J., Hämäläinen, H., Hellsten, S., Ilmonen, J., Karjalainen, J., Mäkinen, T., Nyholm, K., Ropponen, J., Takolander, A. & Tolonen, K.T. (2022) Assessing the conservation priority of freshwater lake sites based on taxonomic, functional and environmental uniqueness. Diversity and Distributions 28: 1966–1978.

Tukiainen, H., Maliniemi, T., Alahuhta, J., Hjort, J., Lindholm, M., Salminen, H., Snåre, H., Toivanen, M., Vilmi, A. & Heino, J. (2022) Quantifying alpha, beta and gamma geodiversity. Progress in Physical Geography, in press.

Haubrock, P.J., Ahmed, D.A., Cuthbert, R.N., Stubbington, R., Domisch, S., Marquez, J.R.G., Beidas, A., Amatulli, G., Kiesel, J., Shen, L.Q., Soto, I., Angeler, D., Bonada, N.  Csabai, Z., Datry, T., de Eyto, E., Dohet, A., Drohan, E., England, J., Feio, M.J., Forio, M.A..E., Goethals, P., Graf, W., Heino, J., Hudgins, E.J., Jähnig, S.C., Johnson, R.K., Larrañaga, A., Leitner, P., L'Hoste, L., Lizee, M.-H., Maire, A., Rasmussen, J.J., Schäfer, R.B., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Vannevel, R., Várbíró, G., Wiberg-Larsen, P. & Haase, P. (2022) Invasion impacts and dynamics of a European-wide introduced species. Global Change Biology 28: 4620-4632.

Heino, J., Alahuhta, J., Bini, L.M., Cai, Y., Heiskanen, A.-S., Hellsten, S., Kortelainen, P., Kotamäki, N., Tolonen, K.T., Vihervaara, P., Vilmi, A. & Angeler, D.G. (2021) Lakes in the era of global change: moving beyond single-lake thinking in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. Biological Reviews 96: 89-106.

Heino, J., Culp, J., Erkinaro, J., Goedkoop, W., Lento, J., Ruhland, K. & Smol, J.P. (2020) Abruptly and irreversibly changing Arctic freshwaters urgently require standardized monitoring. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 1192-1198.


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Research interests

  • Biogeography
  • Spatial ecology
  • Taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity
  • Meta-systems
  • Catchment sciences
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Environmental change
  • Environmental heterogeneity
  • Environmental history

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