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!

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.

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A large proportion of a researchers 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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