People behind the scenes: Waltteri Niemelä

Hey, I’m Waltteri! I work in the Marine Research Centre for the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, where I have worked for about 2.5 years as a researcher. I am involved in many different projects, and in SEAmBOTH, I have been involved in data collation (which means gathering a list of available data with as much information of it as possible) and communication activities from SYKE’s part. I have a background in both Marine Biology and Environmental Management. Interestingly enough, I got my leg in the door of Finnish marine research with the help of none other than SEAmBOTH’s project coordinator Essi! I was an intern in her field team in the summer of 2014 in the Bay of Bothnia, one of the best summers of my life!

3 persons in a boat in a sunny day.
Driving the boats was probably my favourite thing to do during that great summer.

Nowadays I largely work from my computer, in an office in Helsinki. Funnily I have worked a lot with the exact data I spent a summer collecting. With my background knowledge and skills, a lot of my work is to do with both data relating to what is under the sea, as well as how that data is or should be used. For a long time I have been interested in the cross-section of science, governance, and society. Basically how does the research us scientists do in the field and on our computers relate to the people that it directly connects to.

A meeting room with 13 people with their laptops and papers.
A large proportion of a researcher’s time is spent in meetings and conferences, discussing, presenting and learning.

My work at this exact moment is researching the Finnish marine protected area network, building and editing a couple of different databases, and coordinating some projects with their communication. I guess such is the life of a young researcher!

Written by Waltteri Niemelä, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

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