Peer-reviewed articles

Peer-reviewed articles (since 2014)


Seidl, R., Honkaniemi, J., Aakala, T., Aleinikov, A., Angelstam, P., Bouchard, M., Boulanger, Y., Burton, P.J., De Grandpré, L., Gauthier, S., Hansen, W.D., Jepsen, J.U., Jõgiste, K., Kneeshaw, D.D., Kuuluvainen, T., Lisitsyna, O., Makoto, K., Mori, A.S., Pureswaran, D.S., Shorohova, E., Shubnitsina, E., Taylor, A.R., Vladimirova, N., Vodde, F. and Senf, C. (2020), Globally consistent climate sensitivity of natural disturbances across boreal and temperate forest ecosystems. Ecography. DOI:10.1111/ecog.04995

Kulha, N., Pasanen, L., Holmström, L., De Grandpré , L., Gauthier, S., Kuuluvainen, T., Aakala, T. 2020. The structure of boreal old-growth forests changes at multiple spatial scales over decades. Landscape Ecology (in press). DOI: 10.1007/s10980-020-00979-w

DeSoto, L., Cailleret, M., Sterck, F., Jansen, S., Kramer, K., Robert, E., Aakala, T., … Martinez-Vilalta, J. 2019. Low growth resilience to drought is related to future mortality risk in trees. Nature Communications 11: 545. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-14300-5

Kattge, J., Diaz, S. Tautenhahn, S., Werner, G.D.A., Aakala, T. … 2019. TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26: 119-188. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14904.


Kuuluvainen, T., Lindberg, H., Vanha-Majamaa, I., Keto-Tokoi, P., Punttila, P. 2019. Low-level retention forestry, certification, and biodiversity: case Finland. Ecological Processes 8: 47. DOI: 10.1186/s13717-019-0198-0

Stivrins, N., Aakala, T., Ilvonen, L., Pasanen, L., Kuuluvainen, T., Vasander, H., Galka, M., Disbrey, H.R., Liepins, J. , Holmström, L., Seppä, H. 2019. Integrating fire-scar, charcoal and fungal spore data to study fire-events in the boreal forest of northern Europe. The Holocene 29: 1480-1490. DOI: 10.1177/0959683619854524

Rogers, P.C., Pinno, B.D., Šebesta, J., Albrectsen, B.R., Li, G., Ivanova, N., Kusbach, A., Kuuluvainen, T., Landhäusser, S.M., Liu, H. and Myking, T., 2019. A global view of aspen: Conservation science for widespread keystone systems. Global Ecology and Conservation 2019: e00828. DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00828

Cailleret, M., Dakos, V., Jansen, S., Robert, E.M.R., Aakala, T., … Martínez-Vilalta, J. 2019. Early-warning signals of individual tree mortality based on annual radial growth. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 1964. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01964


Aakala, T., Berninger, F., Starr, M. 2018. The roles of competition and climate in tree growth variation in northern boreal old-growth forests. Journal of Vegetation Science 29: 1040-1051. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12687

Kulha, N., Pasanen, L., Aakala, T. 2018. How to calibrate historical aerial photographs: A change analysis of naturally dynamic boreal forest landscapes. Forests 9: 631. DOI: 10.3390/f9100631

Kulha, N., Pasanen, L., Holmström, L., De Grandpré, L., Kuuluvainen, T., Aakala, T. 2018. At what scales and why does forest structure vary in naturally dynamic boreal forests? An analysis of forest landscapes on two continents. Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-018-0297-2

Pasanen, L., Aakala, T., Holmström, L. 2018. A scale space approach for estimating the characteristic feature sizes in hierarchical signals. Stat 7: e195. DOI: 10.1002/sta4.195

Aakala, T. 2018. Forest fire histories and tree age structures in Värriö and Maltio Strict Nature Reserves, northern Finland. Boreal Environment Research 23: 209-219. Link to pdf.

Kuuluvainen, T., Gauthier, S. 2018. Young and old forest in the boreal: critical stages of ecosystem dynamics and management under global change. Forest Ecosystems 5: 26, DOI: 10.1186/s40663-018-0142-2

Aakala, T., Pasanen, L., Helama, S., Vakkari, V., Drobyshev, I., Seppä, H., Kuuluvainen, T., Stivrins, N., Wallenius, T., Vasander, H., Holmström, L. 2018. Multiscale variation in drought controlled historical forest fire activity in eastern Fennoscandia. Ecological Monographs 88: 74–91, DOI: 10.1002/ecm.1276

Saine, S., Aakala, T., Purhonen, J., Launis, A., Tuovila, H., Kosonen, T., Halme, P. 2018. Effects of local forest continuity on the diversity of fungi on standing dead pines. Forest Ecology and Management 409:757-765, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.11.045


Fraver S., Aakala T., D’Amato A.W. 2017. Dendroecological Applications to Coarse Woody Debris Dynamics. In: Amoroso M., Daniels L., Baker P., Camarero J. (eds) Dendroecology. Ecological Studies (Analysis and Synthesis), 231. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61669-8_7

Cobb, R.C., Ruthrof, K.X., Breshears, D.D., Lloret, F., Aakala, T., Adams, H.D., Allen, C.D., Anderegg W.L., Ewers, B.E., Galiano, L., Grünzweig, J.M., Hartmann, H., Huang, C.-Y., Klein, T., Kunert, N., Kitzberger, T., Landhäusset, S.M., Levick, S., Preisler, Y. Suarez, M.L., Trotsiuk, V., Zeppel, M.J.B. 2017. Ecosystem Dynamics and Management After Forest Die-off: A Global Synthesis with Conceptual State-and-Transition Models. Ecosphere 8(12):e02034, DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2034

Ashraful Alam, S., Huang, J.-G., Stadt, K.J., Comeau, P.G., Dawson, A., Gea-Izquierdo, G., Aakala, T., Hölttä, T., Vesala, T., Mäkelä, A., Berninger, F. 2017. Effects of competition, drought stress and photosynthetic productivity on the radial growth of white spruce in western Canada. Frontiers in Plant Science (accepted), DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01915

Kuuluvainen, T., Aakala, T., Varkonyi G. 2017. Dead standing pine trees in a boreal forest landscape in the Kalevala National Park, northern Fennoscandia: amount, population characteristics and spatial pattern. Forest Ecosystems 4:12. DOI: 10.1186/s40663-017-0098-7

Hari, P., Aakala, T., Hilasvuori, E., Häkkinen, R., Korhola, A., Korpela, M., Linkosalo, T., Mäkinen, H., Nikinmaa, E., Nöjd, P., Seppä, H., Sulkava, M., Terhivuo, J., Tuomenvirta, H., Weckström, J., Hollmén, J. 2017. Reliability of temperature signal in various climate indicators from northern Europe. Plos one 12(6), e0180042, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180042

Hari, P., Aakala, T., Bäck, J., Hollmén, J., Jõgiste, K., … & Nikinmaa, E. 2017. Newtonian boreal forest ecology: The Scots pine ecosystem as an example. Plos one, 12(6), e0177927. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177927

Kuuluvainen, T. 2017. Restoration and ecosystem management in the boreal forest: from ecological principles to tactical solutions. In: Allison, S.K. & Murphy, S.D. (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. Routledge (in press)

Kuuluvainen, T., Hofgaard, A., Aakala, T., Jonsson, B.G.2017. North Fennoscandian mountain forests: History, composition, disturbance dynamics, and the unpredictable future. Forest Ecology and Management 385: 140-149. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.11.031


Cailleret, M., Jansen, S., Robert, E.M., Desoto, L., Aakala, T., …, Martínez-Vilalta, J. 2016. A synthesis of radial growth patterns preceding mortality. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13535

Luhtala, H., Kulha, N., Tolvanen, H. & Kalliola, R. 2016. The effect of underwater light availability on benthic macrophyte communities in a Baltic Sea archipelago coast. Hydrobiologia 776(1): 277-291. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2759-x

Kuuluvainen, T. 2016. Ecosystem management of the boreal forest. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Sciences. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389414.013.15.

Aakala, T., Shimatani, I., Toshihiro, A., Kubota, Y. & Kuuluvainen, T. 2016. Crown asymmetry in high latitude forests: Disentangling the directional effects of tree competition and solar radiation. Oikos 125: 1035-1043. DOI: 10.1111/oik.02858


Russell, M.B., Fraver, S., Aakala, T., Gove, J.H., Woodall, C.W., D’Amato, A.W. & Ducey, M.J. 2015. Quantifying carbon stores and decomposition in dead wood: A review. Forest Ecology and Management 350: 107-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.04.033

Kreutz, A., Aakala, T., Grenfell, R. & Kuuluvainen, T. 2015. Spatial tree community structure in three stands across a forest succession gradient in northern boreal Fennoscandia. Silva Fennica 49: 1279. DOI: 10.14214/sf.1279

Gauthier, S., Bernier, P., Kuuluvainen, T., Shvidenko, A.Z. & Schepaschenko, D.G. 2015. Boreal forest health and global change. Science 349: 819-822. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa9092.

Kusumoto, B., Shiono, T., Miyoshi, M., Maeshiro, R. Fuji, S.-J., Kuuluvainen, T. & Kubota, Y. 2015. Functional response of plant communities to clearcutting: management impacts differ between forest vegetation zones. Journal of Ecology 52: 171-180. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12367

Kuuluvainen, T. Bergeron, Y. & Coates, D, 2015. Restoration and ecosystem-based management in the circumboreal forest: background, challenges, and opportunities. In: Stanturf, J.A. (ed.). Restoration of boreal and temperate forests, p. 251-270. CRC Press

Jogiste, K., Jonsson, B. G., Kuuluvainen T. Gauthier, S. & Moser, W. K. 2015. Introduction to special issue: Forest landscape mosaics: disturbance, restoration, and management at times of global change. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 45,


Moen, J., Rist, L., Bishop, K., Chapin, F.S., Ellison, D., Kuuluvainen, T., Petersson, H., Puettmann, K.J., Rayner, J. Warkentin, I.G. & Bradshaw, C.J.A. 2014. Eye on the taiga: Removing global policy impediments to safeguard the boreal forest. Conservation Letters 7: 408-418. doi: 10.1111/conl.12098

Koivula, M., Kuuluvainen, T., Hallman, E., Kouki, J., Siitonen, J. & Valkonen, S. 2014. Forest management inspired by natural disturbance dynamics (DISTDYN) – a long-term research and development project in Finland. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 29: 579-592. DOI:10.1080/02827581.2014.938110

Aakala, T., Hari, P., Dengel, S., Newberry, S. L., Mizunuma, T. & Grace, J. 2014. A prominent stepwise advance of the tree line in north-east Finland. Journal of Ecology. 102: 1582-1591. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12308

Hilasvuori, E., Hari, P., Aakala, T., Pulliainen, E. & Grace, J. 2014. Changes in nitrogen content and isotopic composition in subarctic Empetrum nigrum seeds in the period 1976-2010. Boreal Environment Research 19: 209-221. Link

Kuuluvainen, T., Wallenius, T. H., Kauhanen, H., Aakala, T., Mikkola, K., Demidova, N. & Ogibin, B. 2014. Episodic, patchy disturbances characterize an old-growth Picea abies dominated forest landscape in northeastern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management 320: 96-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.02.024

Altman, J., Fibich, P., Dolezal, J. & Aakala, T. 2014. TRADER: A package for Tree Ring Analysis of Disturbance Events in R. Dendrochronologia 32: 107-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2014.01.004

For a full list of earlier publications, see research database TUHAT (Kuuluvainen, Aakala)