Helena Tukiainen

Helena Tukiainen


Postdoctoral researcher


Helena Tukiainen works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Geography Research Unit. Her research focuses on geodiversity-biodiversity dynamics, nature conservation and the spatiality of natural resources and conflicts. Methodologically, she is concentrated in quantitative approaches, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical analyses. Currently she is working in projects "Spatial Inference on Oil and Economic Development" and "Improved geodiversity information in assessing and conserving biodiversity".

Research interests

  • Geodiversity-biodiversity dynamics
  • Spatial scale issues
  • Conserving Nature´s Stage framework
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural resources and conflict

Professional and community activities

  • Board member, Geographical Society of Northern Finland, 2014-2016, 2018

Social media

Research groups

  • Researcher, Physical Geography Research Group (PGRG)

Selected publications

  • Alahuhta, Janne; Ala-Hulkko, Terhi; Tukiainen, Helena; Purola, Laura; Akujärvi, Anu; Lampinen, Raino; Hjort, Jan (2018) The role of geodiversity in providing ecosystem services at broad scales. - Ecological indicators 91, 47-56 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.03.068. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Tukiainen, Helena; Bailey, Joseph J.; Field, Richard; Kangas, Katja; Hjort, Jan (2017) Combining geodiversity with climate and topography to account for threatened species richness. - Conservation biology 31 (2), 364 - 375 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Tukiainen, Helena; Alahuhta, Janne; Field, Richard; Ala-Hulkko, Terhi; Lampinen, Raino; Hjort, Jan (2017) Spatial relationship between biodiversity and geodiversity across a gradient of land-use intensity in high-latitude landscapes. - Landscape Ecology 32 (5), 1049-1063 . [Original]
  • Alahuhta, Janne; Luukinoja, Jonna; Tukiainen, Helena; Hjort, Jan (2016) Importance of spatial scale in structuring emergent lake vegetation across environmental gradients and scales : GIS-based approach. - Ecological indicators 60 (January), 1164-1172 . [Original]
  • Tukiainen, Helena; Kiuttu, Mikko; Kalliola, Risto; Alahuhta, Janne; Hjort, Jan (2019) Landforms contribute to plant biodiversity at alpha, beta and gamma levels. - Journal of biogeography 46 (8), 1699-1710 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Toivanen, Maija; Hjort, Jan; Heino, Jani; Tukiainen, Helena; Aroviita, Jukka; Alahuhta, Janne (2019) Is catchment geodiversity a useful surrogate of aquatic plant species richness?. - Journal of biogeography 46 (8), 1711-1722 . [Original]