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).
- Large-scale ecology
- Freshwater ecosystems
- Aquatic plants
- Conserving Nature´s Stage framework
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Functional ecology
Professional and community activities
- Board member of Geographical Society of Northern Finland 2019
- Physical Geography Research Group (PGRG)
- Large-Scale Ecology Laboratory
- Macrophyte Biogeography Lab
- 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]
- Alahuhta, Janne; Toivanen, Maija; Hjort, Jan; Ecke, Frauke; Johnson, Lucinda B.; Sass, Laura; Heino, Jani (2017) Species richness and taxonomic distinctness of lake macrophytes along environmental gradients in two continents. - Freshwater biology 62 (7), 1194-1206 . [Original]
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.