Jonna Engström-Öst, Novia

Mission Scientist, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland 


Bio: I am a Senior Scientist at the Research and Development Institute Aronia, a joint venture between Novia University of Applied Sciences and Åbo Akademi University. Aronia is aimed at linking basic institutional academic research with practical knowledge; we emphasize applied research and offer tools for natural resource management, especially in coastal regions and the Archipelago Sea. Aronia has multiple research facilities; I am based at Campus Raseborg in the south. I lead an Academy of Finland project looking at climate change effects on zooplankton; I’m particularly interested in how ocean acidification and a warming climate are affecting zooplankton ecology and physiology. I synthesize data from my field and laboratory studies with long-term monitoring data to see how multiple stressors affect oxidative status, respiration and reproductive success of zooplankton. Here are some recent papers I published with my colleagues about the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on plankton communities and copepod physiology and reproduction.

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Jonna Engström-Öst (front right) and her Ocean Acidification colleagues (including Olivier Glippa; back right), doing fieldwork in Bergen, Norway. Click on this picture to read the research expedition blog.

I did my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Helsinki and Finnish Institute of Marine Research on cyanobacteria, zooplankton and planktivore interactions. As part of my post-doctoral work looking at the effect of eutrophication on the behavioural ecology of Northern pike (Esox lucius), I stayed in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Later I was funded by the Academy of Finland as Academy Research Fellow, studying cyanobacteria-copepod interactions during climate change.

What I’m doing on this research cruise: With my colleagues Olivier Glippa and Anna McLaskey, we will examine how ocean acidification is affecting zooplankton oxidative stress and fatty acids, gene expression, and reproduction (egg production).