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Kristian Meissner

Kristian Meissner

Research programme manager

Head of the Jyväskylä office

PhD (Zoology, University of Oulu)

Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE
Freshwater Centre

Visiting address: Survontie 9 A
Postal address: Survontie 9A, FI- 40500 Jyväskylä, Finland

Mobile: +358 295 251 422



  • Coordination of the research program on environmental data acquisition and application
  • Head of the Jyväskylä office


As a member of the Monitor2020 project core group I participate in setting national strategic targets for the gathering, storage and utilization of environmental data. At the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE), I manage a research program focused on SYKE’s research efforts related to environmental data acquisition and use. I am head of SYKE’s Jyväskylä office and currently supervise two  PhD. students.

Special tasks

  • National chairperson for ISO WG147/SC5 “Water quality” and CEN TC 230/WG2 “Water quality” standardization
  • Member of the core group of the EurAqua network
  • Member of the research coordinators of the PEER network
  • Management Committee member of the COST action DNAqua-Net
  • Responsible for national macroinvertebrate taxonomic proficiency testing within the reference laboratory framework
  • External member of the faculty council of the  Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the University of Jyväskylä

Research interests

  • Development and application of novel monitoring approaches
  • Aquatic community responses to landuse with emphasis on peatland use
  • Application of advanced statistical methods to improve monitoring designs and indices
  • Advance the use of computer vision for automated taxa identification  (DETECT)
  • Advance the use of genomic tools for routine water monitoring (DNAqua-net)


Aquatic biomonitoring, monitoring sampling design, statistical power, accuracy and quality assurance, standardization, CEN, ISO, Water quality, taxonomic proficiency testing, peatland landuse, sampling, classification, computer vision, pattern recognition, community effects, benthic macroinvertebrates, testaceans, capacity building.

Research program

Environmental data acquisition and application

Current projects

  • DNAqua-Net, Advancing the use of genomic tools for routine water monitoring COST Action 15219 
  • DETECT, Advanced Computational and Statistical Techniques for Biomonitoring and Aquatic Ecosystem Service Management, Finnish Academy, 2015-2018
  • MONITOR 2020: National environment monitoring strategy & development program
  • KORPI: Assessing the biological effects of domestic bioenergy harvesting on freshwater ecosystems
  • TESTACEA: Assessing peatland use effects and restoration success using riparian and freshwater testacean amoebae
  • POKON: Developing a prototype imaging device for benthic macroinvertebrates

 Past capacity building projects

  • DEMMS: Capacity building mission on water quality monitoring to the Republic of Georgia
  • EuropeAid/131199/D/SER/TR: Capacity building on water quality monitoring to the Republic of Turkey

Language skills

  • Finnish, German, English, French (basic)

More information

Publications in SYKE’s database

GoogleScholar Proftest


Students pages                       

Mika Nieminen (KORPI)
Johanna Ärje  (ICASA)
Emmanuela Daza Secco (TESTACEA)


Published 2014-05-07 at 14:12, updated 2017-06-12 at 17:12

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