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Kristian Meissner

Kristian Meissner


Head of the Jyväskylä office

PhD (Zoology, University of Oulu)

Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE
General director’s office

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

Mobile: +358 295 251 422



  • Director of the strategic research program on environmental information
  • Head of the Jyväskylä office


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 networks PEER and Euraqua. In the core group of Monitor2020 I participate in setting national strategic targets for the gathering, storage and utilization of environmental data.

Special tasks

  • National chairperson for ISO WG147/SC5 “Water quality” and CEN TC 230/WG2 “Water quality” standardization, convener of WG28 “DNA methods” (as of June 2018)
  • Member of the core group of the EurAqua network
  • Member of the research coordinators of the PEER network
  • Management Committee member and core group member of the COST action DNAqua-Net
  • External member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the University of Jyväskylä
  • Supervisor of two PhD. students.

Research interests

  • Development and application of advanced monitoring approaches
  • Advance the use of computer vision and deep learning for taxa identification (DETECT)
  • Advance the use of genomic tools for routine water monitoring (DNAqua-Net)
  • 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 landuse with emphasis on peatland use


Monitoring 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

Environmental information

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 2018-01-09 at 9:48, updated 2018-01-09 at 9:48

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