Kaisa-Riikka Mustonen

Kaisa-Riikka Mustonen


Postdoctoral researcher

7 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 78 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 24 citations. The author has a h-index of 4.00. (Google Scholar)


I am working as a postdoctoral researcher in Arctic Ecology and Biogeochemistry research group led by professor Jeffrey Welker. My current research project ‘Understanding changing Arctic water cycle and its effects on northern freshwater ecosystems’ is investigating atmospheric-hydrological-freshwater ecosystem continuum of fluxes and processes. The overall goal is to elevate our understanding of how changing Arctic water cycle is manifested in catchment water biochemical pathways and ecosystem processes sustained by stream microbial communities.

Research interests

  • Arctic Water Isotope Cycle and Sea Ice Interactions
  • Climate change impacts on stream ecosystems
  • Pan Arctic Precipitation Isotope geochemistry and atmospheric processes
  • Ecological effects of changing Arctic water cycle

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Research groups

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Arctic Ecology and Biogeochemistry

Selected publications

  • Mustonen, Kaisa-Riikka; Mykrä, Heikki; Marttila, Hannu; Sarremejane, Romain; Veijalainen, Noora; Sippel, Kalle; Muotka, Timo; Hawkins, Charles P. (2018) Thermal and hydrologic responses to climate change predict marked alterations in boreal stream invertebrate assemblages. - Global Change Biology 24 (6), 2434-2446 . [Original]
  • Mustonen, Kaisa-Riikka; Mykrä, Heikki; Louhi, Pauliina; Markkola, Annamari; Tolkkinen, Miko; Huusko, Ari; Alioravainen, Nico; Lehtinen, Sirkku; Muotka, Timo (2016) Sediments and flow have mainly independent effects on multitrophic stream communities and ecosystem functions. - Ecological applications 26 (7), 2116-2129
  • Mustonen, Kaisa-Riikka; Mykrä, Heikki; Marttila, Hannu; Haghighi, Ali Torabi; Klöve, Björn; Aroviita, Jukka; Veijalainen, Noora; Sippel, Kalle; Muotka, Timo (2016) Defining the natural flow regimes of boreal rivers: relationship with benthic macroinvertebrate communities. - Freshwater Science 35 (2), 559-572 . [Original]
  • Sarremejane, Romain; Mykrä, Heikki; Huttunen, Kaisa-Leena; Mustonen, Kaisa-Riikka; Marttila, Hannu; Paavola, Riku; Sippel, Kalle; Veijalainen, Noora; Muotka, Timo (2018) Climate-driven hydrological variability determines inter-annual changes in stream invertebrate community assembly. - Oikos online, online . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Mustonen, Kaisa-Riikka (2016) Climate change and boreal rivers : predicting present-day patterns and future changes in hydrological regime and its effects on river communities. - Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series A, Scientiae rerum naturalium 683. Oulu. Artikkeliväitöskirja. 62. [Original]