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Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

Professor, Director
Freshwater Centre

Tel.  +358 295 251 162
Skype: anna.stiina.heiskanen

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Freshwater Centre
P.O.Box 140
FIN-00251 Helsinki

Visiting address: Mechelininkatu 34a, Helsinki

Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

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Present role

My duties include leadership of the Freshwater Centre and its activities, coordination of large national and international research projects, research on ecosystem based management and governance of aquatic ecosystems, Marine and Water Policies.


I have research background on marine eutrophication, ecosystem functioning, and biological water quality indicators for inland and coastal waters. I have provided scientific and technical support for the EU-level implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and for the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation in Finland and in the Baltic Sea.

Current research interests

Ecosystem based management and governance of marine and other aquatic ecosystems and ecosystem services, multidisciplinary research on socio-ecological systems, linking science and policy in support of the implementation of the EU marine and water policies, with specific focus on EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Water Framework Directive, and EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020.

  • CV (pdf)

Research activities

BONUS (Viable ecosystem) project: Nutrient COcktails in COAstal zones of the Baltic Sea (COCOA)

EU FP7 project: DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status (DEVOTES), 01/10/2012-30/09/2015

Other activities

Member of the management Board of the Baltic Nest Institute

Member of the HELCOM Second Holistic Assessment of THE Ecosystem Health Of the Baltic Sea (HOLASII, 2014–2016)

Member of HELCOM working group on State and Conservation, 2014-2016

Chair of the HELCOM Monitoring and Assessment Group (2010-2014)


I have produced scientific articles, reports, and other material for communication for science community, experts and wide audience in English and Finnish.

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