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 (funded by Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation).
Toivanen is also working on the GlobalFood project, which studies the 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.
- Large-scale ecology
- Freshwater ecosystems
- Aquatic plants
- Conserving Nature´s Stage framework
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Global food accessibility
Vieira, D.S., García-Girón, J., Heino, J., Toivanen, M., Helm, A. & Alahuhta, J. (2021). Little evidence of range size conservatism in freshwater plants. Journal of Biogeography, early view. [link]
Alahuhta, J., Lindholm, M., Baastrup-Spohr, L., García-Girón, J., Toivanen, M., Heino, J. & Murphy, K. (2021). Macroecology of plants in the freshwater realm: patterns, mechanisms and implications. Aquatic Botany 168: 103325. [link]
Alahuhta, J., Toivanen, M. & Hjort, J. (2020). Geodiversity–biodiversity relationship needs more empirical evidence. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4: 2-3. [link]
Toivanen, M., Hjort, J., Heino, J., Tukiainen, H., Aroviita, J. & Alahuhta, J. (2019). Is catchment geodiversity a useful surrogate of aquatic plant species richness? Journal of Biogeography 46: 1711-1722. [link]
Alahuhta, J., Toivanen, M., Hjort, J., Ecke, F., Johnson, L.B., Sass, L. & Heino, J. (2017). Species richness and taxonomic distinctness of lake macrophytes along environmental gradients in two continents. Freshwater Biology 62: 1194-1206. [link]
Toivanen, M. (2020). Protected areas are for nature and people. Kaleva 14.03.2021. (In Finnish) [link]
Tukiainen, H. & Toivanen, M. (2021). Non-living nature is also diverse. Suomen kuvalehti 2: 58. (In Finnish) [link]
Toivanen, M. (2020). The peaks of Saariselkä are important for research. Saariselän Sanomat 16.08.2020. (In Finnish) [link]
Toivanen, M. (2020). Landscape matters to people and nature. Kaleva 16.04.2020. (In Finnish) [link]
Toivanen, M. (2019). Geodiversity as the stage of nature. Versus 17.1.2019, 1-4. (In Finnish) [link]
Toivanen, M. (2019). Maija Toivanen’s letter to Alexander von Humboldt: “In your footsteps”. Science with Arctic Attitude blog 19.11.2019. [link]
Toivanen, M. (2019). What does a nature researcher think about while in nature? Maj & Tor Nesslingin Säätiön blogi 11.08.2019. (In Finnish) [link]
Maj & Tor Nesslingin säätiö
Societas pro Fauna et Flora Fennica
Professional and community activities
- Technical editor of Ornis Fennica 2021–
- Copyeditor and layout editor of Alue & Ympäristö [Region & Environment] journal 2020–
- Board member of Geographical Society of Northern Finland 2019–
- Editorial board member of Nordia Geographical Publications journal 2019–
- Physical Geography Research Group (PGRG)
- Large-Scale Ecology Laboratory
- Macrophyte Biogeography Lab
Henna Snåre (2020) Determinants of aquatic plant richness: scale dependency and global patterns. Unpublished Master thesis. University of Oulu, Geography Research Unit.
Visiting researcher at University of Nottingham (UK)– 25.2.2019 to 25.4.2019
A research visit to the School of Geography hosted by Assoc. Prof. Richard Field and Dr. Franziska Schrodt.