Marja Lindholm

University Teacher

Faculty of Science

Marja Lindholm

I am a University Teacher currently working with different kinds of development tasks related to the higher education strategy of University of Oulu. In my work, I am developing teaching and supervising practices in the Geography Degree Program. My teaching experience varies from field courses to methodological ones and from small-group teaching to tutor teaching. I also work as a training coordinator at the SUCSESS Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Join Project.

In addition, I am a biogeographer and in my research, I seeks to understand how biodiversity has changed over time and what the underlying processes causing the changes are. Impact of anthropogenic activities on biodiversity and long-term field sampling and monitoring form the core of my research.

I completed my doctoral studies in the Physical Geography Research Group and I studied biodiversity patterns of aquatic plant communities in small boreal lakes in relation to environmental change. In addition to aquatic plants and lake environments, I am interested in a wide variety of freshwater organisms and environments at different spatial and temporal scales.

You can find my PhD thesis here: Lindholm. M. (2021). Spatial and temporal trends in different dimensions of macrophyte biodiversity in boreal lakes. Nordia Geographical Publications 50: 1, 1-63.

Here are some of my publications:

Lindholm, M., Alahuhta, J., Heino, J. & Toivonen, H. (2021). Temporal beta diversity of lake plants is determined by concomitant changes in environmental factors across decades. Journal of Ecology 109: 819–832.

Lindholm, M., Alahuhta, J., Heino, J., Hjort, J. & Toivonen, H. (2020). Changes in the functional features of macrophyte communities and driving factors across a 70-year period. Hydrobiologia, 847: 3811–3827. (Open access)

Lindholm, M., Alahuhta, J., Heino, J., & Toivonen, H. (2020). No biotic homogenisation across decades but consistent effects of landscape position and pH on macrophyte communities in boreal lakes. Ecography, 42: 294–305. (Open access)

Research interests

  • Biodiversity changes
  • Macroecology
  • Aquatic environments
  • Aquatic plants

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Geography Research Unit
PL 8000
FI-90014 University of Oulu