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Salla Selonen

Salla Selonen

Senior research scientist

PhD (Environmental ecology), University of Helsinki
MSc (Environmental sciences), University of Jyväskylä

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Laboratory Centre

Address: Mustialankatu 3, 00790 Helsinki
email: forename.lastname@syke.fi
phone: +358 295 251902

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My expertise, background and interests focus on soil ecotoxicology, the study of the effects of environmental contaminants on soil organisms. Currently, most of my research is related to microplastics and their impacts in soil. I did my PhD at the University of Helsinki on the effects of lead on the forest ecosystem and soil organisms in the shooting range area. Prior to the Finnish Environment Institute, I have worked in the regional environmental administration, as a consultant in risk assessment of contaminated sites and as a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in the IMPASSE project. Diverse experience from different duties helps me to see environmental challenges from different perspectives.


MicrAgri: Microplastics in agricultural soil – Sources, effects and reduction

BIOLTA: Bioassays as tools for assessing the risks of sewage sludge based fertilizers – focus on harmful substances and microplastics

IMPASSE: Impacts of microplastics on agrosystems and stream environments


Selonen, S., Dolar, A., Jemec Kokalj, A., Skalar, T., Parramon Dolcet, L., Huurley, R., van Gestel, C.A.M. 2020: Exploring the impacts of plastics in soil – The effects of polyester textile fibers on soil invertebrates. Science of the Total Environment 700.

van Gestel, C.A.M & Selonen, S. 2018: Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics in soil: New research themes should not ignore basic rules and theories. Comments on the paper by Zhu et al. (2018) ‘Exposure of soil collembolans to microplastics perturbs their gut microbiota and alters their isotopic composition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 116:302-310.

Selonen, S. & Setälä, H. 2017: Nutrient leaching, soil pH and changes in microbial community increase with time in lead-contaminated boreal forest soil at a shooting range area. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24:5415-5425.

Selonen, S. 2015: The fate and effects of lead (Pb) at active and abandoned shooting ranges in a boreal forest ecosystem. Academic Dissertation in Environmental Ecology. Reports from the Department of Environmental Sciences, Lahti 24.Unigrafia, Helsinki.

Selonen, S. & Setälä, H 2015: Soil processes and tree growth at shooting ranges in a boreal forest reflect contamination history and lead-induced changes in soil food webs. Science of the Total Environment 518-519:320-327.

Selonen, S., Liiri, M. & Setälä, H. 2014: Can the soil fauna of boreal forests recover from lead-derived stress in a shooting range area? Ecotoxicology 23:437-448.

Selonen, S., Liiri, M., Strömmer, R. & Setälä, H. 2012: The fate of lead at abandoned and active shooting ranges in a boreal pine forest. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31(12): 2771-2779.

Hui, N., Selonen, S., Hanzel, J., Tuomela, M., Rainio, A., Kontio, H., Hakala, K., Lankinen, P., Steffen, K., Fingerroos, T., Strömmer, R., Setälä, H., Hatakka, A., & Romantschuk, M. 2009: Influence of lead on organisms within the detritus food web of a contaminated pine forest soil. Boreal Environment Research 14: 70 – 85.

Haimi, J., Knott, K.E., Selonen, S. & Laurikainen, M. 2006: Has long-term metal exposure induced changes in life history traits and genetic diversity of the enchytraeid worm Cognettiasphagnetorum (Vejd.)? Environmental Pollution 140 (3): 463 – 470.

Vaajasaari, K., Joutti, A., Schultz, E. Selonen, S. & Westerholm, H. 2002: Comparisons of terrestrial and aquatic bioassays for oil-contaminated soil toxicity. Journal of Soils and Sediments 2 (4): 194 - 202.

Published 2020-09-21 at 16:08, updated 2020-12-09 at 13:52

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