Saturday = sauna day

You may have heard of a thing called sauna. And you may have heard that Finns enjoy sauna very much. You also may have heard that there is nudity involved. Yep. All is true. We love it (as our almost-Finn Brazilian Mariana does after spending four years in Finland) and we usually do it naked….

Some words about the importance of biodiversity

Biodiversity is defined as ‘the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems’. This description has been formulated by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD 2018) and it is nowadays a…

Hyvää Juhannusta

Today we celebrate midsummer fest, Juhannus. It is the time in the northern hemisphere when the day is the longest and the sun shines throughout the night. Although, not so sure if we can see the sun today as, like usual, it seems that this day is going to be quite rainy one. However, that…

Introducing Mariana

Here I am!! The last one to be introduced to the World 😉 It took me a while..but I had a good excuse. I was finishing my thesis and after that recovering from this very though moment in all PhD’s lives. I survived! I made it 😀 Let’s cut to the chase and talk about…

Metamorphosis of snow and ice, part 2

Alright. It’s time for part dieu, before this whole wintery-theme is going to be “the snows of the past winter” (“menneen talven lumia”) as we say in Finnish. So, before the idea melts away like the snow already did (as we observed in part 1), let’s proceed to the sea ice melt. In Finland, some people…

Metamorphosis of snow and ice, part 1

Have you ever thought about taking a photo of the same view throughout a season (or even a year!) and then, afterwards, comparing the changes that took place at the same exact site? Well… here’s our approach on that idea. Below is our photo series of snow melt! The photos were taken close to Nallikari…

Biodiversity is declining…and you should be aware of it!

Since this month (April) is the ‘Earth Month’, let’s spread the word about how our biodiversity is declining and endangered.   Biodiversity has declined rapidly worldwide and that is a fact! According to the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Living Planet Report 2016, between the years of 1970 and 2012, there was a staggering decline of 58% of…

Introducing Annika

OK, it’s my turn to do the introduction. Well…actually, we pulled the straw and I was the last in line, but it turned out that Mariana is super busy finishing her thesis, so I get to do this before her. Moving on to the point… So my name is Annika Vilmi and I’m from northern…

100 papers are just 100 papers

As you can see, we only recently started this blog. A while ago, we talked together about what topics we should discuss in our blog, and then we remembered the fresh and nice publication giving a list of 100 papers that every ecologist should be aware of (Courchamp & Bradshaw, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2:…

About Katri

Hi everyone! You can now call me (Katri) officially a Doctor of Philosophy as I finally got the papers to prove it today. Hurray!!! I am a biologist with research emphasis on stream ecology. I am currently working in the Finnish Environment Institute in Oulu, Finland.  In my thesis, I studied how the macroinvertebrate communities…