Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

Professor, unit director

Foto: Kai Widell

Contact information

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

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)
Marine and freshwater solutions
Latokartanonkaari 11
FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland

Twitter @AnstiHeiskanen
Linkedin Anna-Stiina Heiskanen @LinkedIn 
ResearchGate Anna-Stiina Heiskanen @ResearchGate

Present role

My duties include leadership of the Marine and freshwater solutions unit 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.

Research activities

Hydrological RDI partnership network; Academy of Finland

Enhancing Adaptive Capacity for Sustainable Blue Growth

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

International and national science-policy activities


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

Published 2017-04-24 at 14:49, updated 2023-07-25 at 13:36

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