Pasi Rautio was born in Rauma, Finland, in 1966. He received an M.S. degree in biology from the University of Oulu in 1993, Licentiate in Philosophy degree (plant ecology) in 1997, and a Ph.D. degree (plant ecology) in 2000. In 2003, he was nominated as Docent (Adjunct Professor) in plant and environmental ecology at the University of Oulu. He started his research career at the Department of Biology at the University of Oulu, studying (1) effects of sulphur and heavy metals on plants, (2) plant-animal interactions (e.g., induced response of plants to herbivory and tritrophic interactions of herbivore-plant-mycorrhizal fungi), (3) grazing tolerance of meadow plants, and (4) restoration of seminatural pastures. In 2002-2004, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Academy of Finland) at Stockholm University in Tovetorp zoological station studying the effects of large mammal herbivores on the evolution of plant defences. In 2004, he moved to Finnish Forest Research Institute where his research interest has included, for example, environmental monitoring and examining historical data to find out anthropogenic effects on the distribution ranges and the structure of forest vegetation. In 2005-2007, he worked as a Detached National Expert at the European Commission (Directorate-General Environment) in forest- related issues (ecosystem monitoring, biodiversity issues, and so forth). At the moment, he is working as a Researcher at the Northern Unit of Finnish Forest Research Institute. He is Member of the programme coordinating group of UNECE ICP Forests and Chairman of the expert panel on foliar analysis and litterfall of ICP Forests.
Biography Updated on 18 November 2010