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Kristian Meissner

© Kai Widell


Head of the Jyväskylä office

PhD (Zoology, University of Oulu)

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
General director’s office

Address: Survontie 9A, FI- 40500 Jyväskylä, Finland

Email: firstname.lastname@environment.fi
Mobile: +358 295 251 422



At the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE) I am the director of the strategic research program on environmental information and head of SYKE’s Jyväskylä office. I am a coordinator in the European research institute network PEER. I also function as convener of the European standardization CEN Work Group 28 “DNA and eDNA methods”, which belongs to the technical committee TC 230” Water quality”.

Special tasks

  • National representative in CEN TC 230/WG2 “Water quality” standardization and convener of WG28 “DNA and eDNA methods”
  • Member of the research coordinators of the PEER network
  • Management Committee member and core group member of the COST action DNAqua-Net
  • Coordinator of the national task force for renewing the national strategy for environmental status monitoring
  • External member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the University of Jyväskylä

Research interests

  • Development and application of advanced monitoring approaches (BONUS FUMARI)
  • Advance the use of computer vision and deep learning for taxa identification (DETECT)
  • Advance the use of molecular tools for routine water monitoring (DNAqua-NetSCANDNAnet
  • Advancing the use of deep learning and complex automated decision making
  • Application of advanced statistical methods to improve monitoring designs and indices
  • Aquatic community responses to land use with emphasis on peatland use


Monitoring methods, sampling design, statistical power, aquatic biomonitoring accuracy and quality assurance, standardization, CEN, ISO, Water quality, peatland landuse, sampling, classification, computer vision, pattern recognition, deep learning, automated decision making, capacity building.

Strategic research program

Current projects

  • DNAqua-Net, Advancing the use of genomic tools for routine water monitoring COST Action 15219
  • EU BONUS FUMARI “Future Marine Assessment and Monitoring of the Baltic”
  • Nordic Ministers Council project SCANDNAnet “Validating and intercalibrating a metabarcoding for routine use in Fenno-Scandinavian freshwater invertebrate biomonitoring” 
  • 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 2013–2019
  • KORPI: Assessing the biological effects of domestic bioenergy harvesting on freshwater ecosystems ongoing
  • TESTACEA: Assessing peatland use effects and restoration success using riparian and freshwater testacean amoebae 2014–2019
  • POKON: Developing a prototype imaging device for benthic macroinvertebrates 2017

 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)

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Published 2018-01-09 at 9:48, updated 2021-02-09 at 16:33

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