Hermanni Kaartokallio

Hermanni Kaartokallio 556

Senior Research Scientist
Marine Pollution


Phone: +358 295 251 247


Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Marine Research Centre

Address: Building EE, Agnes Sjöbergin katu 2, Viikki Campus, Helsinki


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Current Tasks

I work as a senior Research Scientist in the Artic Marine Research-group and also lead a research group of my own. My duties include leading, supervising and evaluating research as well as everyday research work in the lab and

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behind the desk. I engage in international expert work on protection of the marine environment under Arctic Council PAME and HELCOM. I also participate in international marine science collaboration in UNESCO International Oceanographic Commission and International Arctic Science Committee. Currently I supervise two doctoral students.


I hold a mSc (1988) and PhD (2006) degrees in marine biology from the University of Helsinki. I also am an adjunct professor (title of docent) in University of Helsinki, Marine biology. My research concentrates on microbial activity, diversity and importance in biogeochemical cycles in cold marine environments. In particular I have studied microbial communities living in extreme cold conditions inside sea ice.

Current Research Topics

Bacterial communities in cold marine environments in the Baltic Sea and Arctic
Interaction between dissolved organic matter and microbial communities
Bacterial biopolymer production in cold marine environments
Degradation of bio-based and biodegradable plastics in marine environment

Reach Projects

  • PHAICE, Academy of Finland 20142018
  • Occurrence, egology and significance of bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in sea  ice and cold marine environments
  • UBINAM, ministry of the environment 20172019
  • Environmental risk assessment for new biodegradable plastic materials in the Baltic Sea marine environment

Other activities

Member or national delegate in:

  • UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
  • International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Marine group
  • Arctic Council, Protection of the Marine ENvironment (PAME), Group of Experts on Ecosystem-based Management and Assessment.
  • HELCOM IN-eutrophication expert network


My scientific publications mainly include peer-reviewed scientific articles (c. 40 ). I also have written scientific textbooks as a part of an author team for major international scientific publishers (Springer, Wiley, Oxford University Press). Up-to-date list of my publications can best be found from my Google Scholar page.

Published 2017-08-25 at 9:31, updated 2018-01-17 at 15:31

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