CV Johanna Ekman
Fields of expertise
Arctic issues (science, policy)
Marine and polar biology
University and other degrees
2000 Docent of hydrobiology, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland
1998 Doctor of philosophy, hydrobiology. Univ. of Helsinki, Finland. (grade: eximia cum laude approbatur)
1993 Licenciate of philosophy, hydrobiology. Univ. of Helsinki, Finland (grade: cum laude approbatur)
1991 Candidate of philosophy, hydrobiology. Univ. of Helsinki, Finland (grade: laudatur)
1984 Graduate. Tapiola High School, Finland (grade: laudatur)
Previous professional appointments
2016-2019 Project manager, Arctic Council chairmanship priority ”Meteorological collaboration”, Finnish Meteorological Institute. Overall responsibility of the Chairmanship priority: strategic planning, coordination, implementation, communication.
2014-2016 Ministerial adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland. National and EU research funding, Arctic development projects related to transportation and entrepreneurship. Multiple interdisciplinary governmental activities.
2011-2014 Head of unit, Marine Research, Finnish Meteorological Institute. Staff approx. 40 persons. Coordination of national and international marine research, multiple tasks related to research funding. In charge of the unit’s budget.
2007-2011 Head of the environment, Finnish Association of Farmers and Forest Owners MTK ry. Staff approx. 10 persons. Coordinating and developing environmental protection of in particular agriculture, forestry and peat production. Several new initiatives, e.g. Baltic Sea Farmer Competition together with WWF Finland, and recycling of manure.
2007 Baltic Sea expert & senior adviser of the Baltic Sea Action Group Foundation, Corporate Governance, Cargotec Ltd. Providing science based projects for the Foundation in its early stages.
2006-2007 Senior science expert, Academy of Finland. National, EU and international research funding coordination.
2006-2007 Head of the biosciences and environmental research unit, Academy of Finland. Staff approx.. 20 persons. Coordination of national, EU and international research programmes and funding, e.g. FP 6 and FP7.
2004, 2005-06 Acting professor of marine biology, Univ. of Helsinki, Institute of Bio- and Environmental Sciences, Finland. Staff approx. 10 persons. Planning and overall coordination of hydrobiology education, teaching responsibility, production of educational material. In charge of the budget.
2004-2005 Special researcher in EU FP6 ARCOP-research programme, Marine Research Institute, Finland. Research field: effects of oil on Arctic marine organisms.
2003-2010 University lecturer (permanent position), Univ. of Helsinki, Institute of Bio- and Environmental Sciences, Finland. Planning of hydrobiology teaching. Teaching on field and laboratory courses, lecturing. Production of educational material.
2000-2002 Assistant, Univ. of Helsinki, Institute of Ecology and Systematics, Finland. Teaching on field and laboratory courses, lecturing, producing educational material.
2000-01 Lecturer, Univ. of Helsinki, Vantaa Supplement Education Institute, Finland. Teaching on field and laboratory courses, lecturing, producing educational material.
1998 Scientific leader of the Antarctic research group, Univ. of California Santa Cruz, USA. Leading a multinational research group and post doctoral research.
1995-1997 Visiting scientist (grant from Academy of Finland), Inst. für Polarökologie, Univ. Kiel, Germany. PhD research of Arctic, Antarctic and Baltic Sea ice biota.
1993 Lecturer, Univ. of Helsinki, Lahti Research and Education Center, Finland. Teaching on field and laboratory courses, lecturing.
1992-1994 Acting assistant, Botanical Institute, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland. Teaching on field and laboratory courses, lecturing.
Other professional activities
2001 North Pole (RV/IB Oden, Polar Secretary, Sweden)
1998 Antarctic (RV/IB Nathaniel Palmer, National Science Foundation, USA)
1996 Antarctic (RV/IB Aurora Australis, Australian Antarctic Division)
1995 Greenland Sea (RV/IB Polarstern, Inst. Für Polarökologie, Saksa)