Maija Toivanen works as a doctoral researcher in Physical Geography Research Group. She is interested in biodiversity-geodiversity relationship and large-scale freshwater ecology. Her PhD focuses on a question whether geodiversity can be used as a surrogate for lake biodiversity and a measure of a conservation value in northern areas. Thesis has been funded by Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation and Societas Pro Fauna et Flora Fennica.
Alongside research, Toivanen teaches computer labs in basic and advanced geoinformatics courses in the University of Oulu.
Toivanen worked in the GlobalFood project in 2020–2021. Focus of the project is to model global accessibility to food resources using modern spatial analysis techniques.
Science communication is of special interest to Toivanen. She is studying science communication in the TIEMA master program in the University of Oulu.
- nature conservation
- geographic information systems
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