Minna Pulkkinen

Contact information
Postal address:
Department of Forest Sciences
P.O. Box 27
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Visiting address:
Room 225
Forest Sciences Building
Latokartanonkaari 7, Viikki

Tel.: +358 (0)9 191 58117
Fax: +358 (0)9 191 58100
E-mail: minna.pulkkinen(at)helsinki.fi

As a researcher in the group, my tasks involve mainly empirical modelling, model validation and data analysis. At the moment I am testing the Norway spruce version of the PipeQual tree and stand growth model against empirical data.

My background is in forest mensuration (MSc, Faculty of Forestry, University of Joensuu) and statistics (MSc, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Jyväskylä). Not surprisingly, then, it is the statistical methodology and its application that make me tick: rather than physiological processes of trees or functioning of forest ecosystems as such, I am interested in how we can gain reliable and generalisable knowledge about such phenomena using experimental and observational data.

In our group, we have taken a statistical modelling approach in the light-use efficiency framework to construct a model for daily stand-level gross primary production in boreal and temperate forests (PRELUED). Although this kind of empirical approach cannot really augment our understanding about the processes behind forest production, it can yield a practical prediction tool that can be used in conditions as varied as those present in the estimation data.

I find teaching and statistical consultation generally quite rewarding. Fortunately, the Department of Forest Sciences provides lots of opportunities to cultivate also this academic garden.

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