Kalle Ruokolainen obtained the Ph.D. degree in plant ecology from the University of Turku, Finland, in 1996. Since then, he has been affiliated with the University of Turku, holding currently the position of a Lecturer. He is a Member in the Amazon Research Team of the University of Turku, a multidisciplinary group of scientists working in Amazonia. His research activity is very much concentrated in Amazonian forests, more specifically investigating rain forest classification using Melastomataceae species composition and remote sensing information as practical tools to be able to treat very large areas. Offshoots from this general interest include methodological questions related to field sampling efficiency, plant community theory, and Melastomataceae taxonomy. In recent years, he has also become more and more interested in Amazonian peatlands.
Biography Updated on 30 November 2011