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Letizia Tedesco

Letizia Tedesco

Senior Research Scientist

Marine Ecosystems Modelling

phone:+358(0) 50 56 78 660

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Marine Research Centre

Address: Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790, Helsinki, Finland

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Current tasks

I am responsible for marine ecosystem modelling within SYKE Marine Research Centre.

Research Topics

I am an eager research scientist, passionate of everything sea ice, especially its ecology. I have been working since 2006 with marine biogeochemical models, particularly focusing on ice-covered oceans ecosystems. I am the main developer of the first stoichiometric sea-ice model (, i.e. a sea-ice biogeochemical model that through internal flexible stoichiometry aims to represent the acclimation patterns that organisms manifest in natural environments. My scientific interests include the development of biogeochemical models (including sea ice, pelagic and benthic habitats) at several temporal  (from seasonal to decadal) and spatial (from local to global) scales; studies of phenology and phenological changes under climatic and non-climatic stressors; closing of the global carbon cycle and climate change scenarios and projections; the role of sea ice biota and biogeochemistry in the Earth system; development of models suitable for ecosystem management and as tool for decision makers; adaptations and mitigations; sicence communication, journalism and popularisation.  


I have a Master in Biological Oceanography (2005, Tuscia University, Italy) and PhD  in Oceanography (2009, University of Bologna, Italy). Previously, I worked also at CNR (Venice, Italy), Finnish Institute of Marine Research (FIMR, Helsinki, Finland), Tallin Univeristy of Technology (Tallinn, Estonia), and Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI, Helsinki, Finland).

Research projects

  • NERC and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Project Diatom-ARCTIC (2018 -2020)

  • Norwegian Research Council FAABulous (Future Arctic Algae Blooms - and their role in the context of climate change) project (2015 - 2020)

  • Finnish Ministry of the Environment project on modelling Baltic costal zones (FICOS, 2013-2018)

  • EU BONUS project COCOA (Nutrient cocktails in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea, 2014-2017)

  • Academy of Finland Fellowship (Dr. Kristian Spilling, SYKE PI) CFLUX project on changes of the phytoplankton spring bloom in the Baltic Sea (2012-2017)

  • EU FP7 project DEVOTES (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status, 2013-2016)

Other activities

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  • Member of the BEPSII (Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea-Ice Interfaces ) WG Steering Committee under Clic, SOLAS, IASC and SCAR umbrellas
  • Member of the EuroGOOS WG on Coastal Modelling
  • Modelling expert to represent Finland within the EU-JRC project "Towards and integrative water modelling toolbox" Coordination Group
  • Coordinator of the Baltic Nest Institute (BNI) activities within Finland
  • Member of the BFM system team
  • Reviewer for e.g., Ecology Letters, Journal of Marine Systems, Journal of Geophysical Research, Ecological Modelling, Ecological Indicators, Journal of Glaciology, Limnology and Oceanography, Frontiers in Marine Science, Geoscientific Model Developments, The Cryosphere.
  • Reviewer fore.g., IPCC, French National Research Agency, Chilean National Science and Technology Commision, Polish National Science Centre and NERC.
  • Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers in Marine Science, Research Topic ”Changing Plankton Communities: Causes, Effects and Consequences” and Annals of Glaciology.

Scientific publications

Up-to-date list of my publications  can be found in Google Scholar

Published 2017-08-24 at 12:49, updated 2019-03-07 at 10:46

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