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Mikko Vihtakari

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Marine biologist specialized in climate-ecosystem interactions in the Arctic and numerical ecology.

Arbeidsområde

Marine ecology, climate change, numerical ecology, Greenland halibut, sclerochronology, inorganic geochemistry, scientific diving

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Doctoral degree (Ph.d.) in Arctic Marine Ecology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway; Tromsø (2010–2015). Supervisors: Bjørn Gulliksen (UiT), Paul Renaud (Akvaplan-niva) and Haakon Hop (Norwegian Polar Institute).

Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Fish Biology and Fisheries, University of Jyväskylä; Jyväskylä/Longyearbyen/Tromsø (2003–2008). Supervisors: Jørgen Berge (University Centre on Svalbard) and Heikki Hämäläinen (JyU).

National service, Finnish Defense Forces; Keuruu (2002–2003). Leader in a transportation squad of an engineer corps regiment. Military rank: Corporal (Alikersantti).

High school certificate, Messukylän lukio; Tampere (1999-2002) with emphasis on natural sciences.

Professional experience

Institute of Marine Research; Tromsø, Norway (2019–present). Postdoctoral researcher. Working in a project about Greenland halibut populations in the North Atlantic and European Arctic with modeling, genetic data and sclerochronology.

Several employers; Based in Tromsø, Norway (2015–2018). Freelancing scientist and Arctic science support specialist. Providing freelancer services as a researcher, statistician, diver, field assistant, Arctic safety and logistics specialist, photographer, programmer, and data analyst. 

UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Norwegian Polar Institute; Tromsø, (2010–2014). Research fellow in Arctic marine ecology (Ph.D. student)Conducting scientific research, teaching university-level courses, and participating in scientific sampling and diving excursions. 

Several employers; Svalbard and Tromsø, (2008–2010). Freelancing biologist, Arctic safety and logistics technician. Field assistant in seabird projects on Svalbard, polar bear guarding, logistics, general field safety, boat and snowmobile driving, crustacean taxonomy specialist, and other laboratory work. Worked for Norwegian Polar Institute, University Centre on Svalbard and Akvaplan-niva. 

Peer-reviewed publications

Hop H., Wold A., Vihtakari M., Daase M., Kwasniewski S., Gluchowska M., Lischka S., Buchholz F., Falk-Petersen S., in press. Zooplankton in Kongsfjorden (1996-2016) in relation to climate change. In The ecosystem of Kongsfjorden, Svalbard (eds. Hop H, Wiencke C), Advances in Polar Ecology, Springer Verlag.

Vihtakari M., Welcker J., Moe B., Chastel, O. Tartu, S., Hop H., Bech C., Descamps S., Gabrielsen G. W., 2018. Black-legged kittiwakes as messengers of Atlantification in the Arctic. Scientific Reports 8: 1178. DOI 10.1038/s41598- 017-19118-8

Bluhm B. A., Hop H., Vihtakari M., Gradinger R., Iken K., Melnikov I. A., Søreide J. E., 2018. Sea ice meiofauna distribution on local to pan-Arctic scales. Ecology and Evolution 8: 2350-2364. DOI 10.1002/ece3.3797

Bluhm B.A., Hop H., Melnikov I.A., Poulin M., Vihtakari M., Collins, E., Gradinger, R., Juul-Pedersen, T., von Quillfeldt, C., 2017. Sea ice biota. In: State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report, pp. 33-61. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland

Vihtakari M., Ambrose Jr W.G., Renaud P.E., Locke V W.L, Carroll M.L., Berge J., Clarke L.J., Cottier F., Hop H., 2017. A key to the past? Element ratios as environmental proxies in two Arctic bivalves. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 465: 316-332. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.10.020

Vihtakari M., Havenhand J., Renaud P.E., Hendriks I.E., 2016. Variable individual- and population-level responses to ocean acidification. Frontiers in Marine Science 3: 51. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00051

Vihtakari M., Renaud P.E., Clarke L.J., Whitehouse M.J., Hop H., Carroll M.L., Ambrose Jr W.G., 2016. Decoding the oxygen isotope signal for seasonal growth patterns in Arctic bivalves. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446: 263-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.01.008

Vihtakari M., Hendriks I., Holding J., Renaud P., Duarte C., Havenhand J., 2013. Effects of ocean acidification and warming on sperm activity and early life-stages of the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis). Water 5: 1890- 1915.

Nygård H., Berge J., Søreide J., Vihtakari M., Falk-Petersen S., 2012. The amphipod scavenging guild in two Arctic fjords: seasonal variations, abundance and trophic interactions. Aquatic biology 14: 247-264.

Nygård H., Vihtakari M., Berge J., 2009. The life history of Onisimus caricus (Amphipoda, Lysianassoida) in a high Arctic fjord. Aquatic biology 5: 63-74.

Other publications and Outreach

Vihtakari M., Assmy P., Hop H., Griffith G., Duarte P., Wold A., Gabrielsen G.W., Daase M., Bluhm B., Nøst Hegseth E., Renaud P. E., Søreide J. E., Børge M., in press. Atlantification of the marine ecosystem in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard. Fram Forum 2019.

Vihtakari M., 2014. Bivalves as indicators of environmental perturbations related to climate and ocean acidification. Doctoral thesis. UiT The Arctic University of Norway. 235 p.

Falk-Petersen. J, Furmann. M., Vihtakari M., Kotch S. 2013. The crab line. A popular scientific Youtube video about king crab.

Vihtakari M., Hovinen J., Wallenschus J., Sarre A, 2011. The Desperate Clam. A popular scientific Youtube video of ocean acidification effects on bivalve early stage reproduction. Part of YSF Video Making Workshop during Arctic Frontiers conference 2011.

Vihtakari M., 2008. Life history of an Arctic crustacean Onisimus caricus (Amphipoda: Lysianassidae) as deduced from baited trap samples taken from Adventfjorden, Svalbard. Master’s thesis. University Centre on Svalbard & University of Jyväskylä. 55p. Graded as Eximia cum laude approbatur (equivalent to B in the European System).

Vihtakari M., 2006. Kalaistutusten tuloksellisuus Hämeessä ja Pirkanmaalla ([in Finnish], Results of fish stockings during past decades in Häme, Finland). Kalatalousyksikøn julkaisuja no 11. Hämeen TE-keskus. Hämeelinna. 65p.

Haikonen A., Romakkaniemi A., Ankkuriniemi M., Keinänen M., Pulkkinen K., Vihtakari M., 2006. Lohi- ja meritaimenkantojen seuranta Tornionjoessa vuonna 2005 ([in Finnish, English summary], Monitoring of the salmon and trout stocks in the River Tornionjoki in 2005). Kala- ja riistaraportteja nro 379, Helsinki. 52 p.

R packages

Vihtakari M., 2018. PlotSvalbard - Plot your research data from Svalbard on maps.

Vihtakari M., 2016. sclero: Measure Growth Patterns and Align Sampling Spots in Photographs.

Sterratt D., Vihtakari M., 2015. RImageJROI: Read ImageJ Region of Interest (ROI) Files.

Publikasjoner

Vitenskapelige artikler (NVI)

2020

Diet and trophic structure of fishes in the Barents Sea: the Norwegian-Russian program “Year of stomachs” 2015 - establishing a baseline

Elena Eriksen, Aleksander N. Benzik, Andrey V. Dolgov, Hein Rune Skjoldal, Mikko Juhani Vihtakari, Edda Johannesen, Tatiana Prokhorova, Felicia Juanita Keulder-Stenevik, Irina Prokopchuk, Espen Strand
Progress in Oceanography 183
2019

Pelagic ecosystem characteristics across the Atlantic water boundary current from Rijpfjorden, Svalbard, to the Arctic ocean during summer (2010-2014)

Haakon Hop, Philipp Assmy, Anette Wold, Arild Sundfjord, Malin Daase, Pedro Duarte, Slawomir Kwasniewski, Marta Gluchowska, Józef Maria Wiktor, Agnieszka Tatarek, Józef Maria Jr. Wiktor, Svein Kristiansen, Agneta Ingrid Fransson, Melissa Chierici, Mikko Vihtakari
Frontiers in Marine Science 6
2019

Tidewater glaciers and bedrock characteristics control the phytoplankton growth environment in a fjord in the Arctic

Laura Halbach, Mikko Vihtakari, Pedro Duarte, Alistair Everett, Mats Granskog, Haakon Hop, Hanna Maria Kauko, Svein Kristiansen, Per Inge Myhre, Alexey K. Pavlov, Ankit Pramanik, Agnieszka Tatarek, Tomas Torsvik, Józef Maria Wiktor, Anette Wold, Angela Wulff, Harald Steen, Philipp Assmy
Frontiers in Marine Science 6
2019

Ecological resilience of Arctic marine food webs to climate change

Gary Griffith, Haakon Hop, Mikko Vihtakari, Anette Wold, Kjersti Kalhagen, Geir W. Gabrielsen
Nature Climate Change 9 p. 868-872
2019

Zooplankton in Kongsfjorden (1996–2016) in Relation to Climate Change

Haakon Hop, Anette Wold, Mikko Juhani Vihtakari, Malin Daase, Sławomir Kwaśniewski, Marta Gluchowska, Silke Lischka, Friedrich Buchholz, Stig Falk‑Petersen
Advances in Polar Ecology
2018

Black-legged kittiwakes as messengers of Atlantification in the Arctic

Mikko Vihtakari, Jorg Welcker, Børge Moe, Olivier Chastel, Sabrina Tartu, Haakon Hop, Claus Bech, Sébastien Descamps, Geir W. Gabrielsen
Scientific Reports 8
2018

Sea ice meiofauna distribution on local to pan-Arctic scales

Bodil Bluhm, Haakon Hop, Mikko Vihtakari, Rolf Gradinger, Katrin Iken, Igor A. Melnikov, Janne Søreide
Ecology and Evolution 8 p. 2350-2364
2018

Sea ice biota: Excerpts from the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report by the Sea Ice Biota Expert Network/CBMP

Haakon Hop, Bodil Bluhm, Igor A. Melnikov, Michel Poulin, Mikko Vihtakari, Eric Collins, Rolf Gradinger, Thomas Juul-Pedersen, Cecilie von Quillfeldt
PeerJ Preprints
2017

A key to the past? Element ratios as environmental proxies in two Arctic bivalves

Mikko Vihtakari, William G. Jr. Ambrose, Paul Renaud, William L. Locke V., Michael Leslie Carroll, Jørgen Berge, Leon J. Clarke, Finlo Robert Cottier, Haakon Hop
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 465 p. 316-332
2016

Decoding the oxygen isotope signal for seasonal growth patterns in Arctic bivalves

Mikko Vihtakari, Paul Renaud, Leon J. Clarke, Martin J. Whitehouse, Haakon Hop, Michael Leslie Carroll, William Ambrose
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446 p. 263-283
2016

Variable individual- and population- level responses to ocean acidification

Mikko Vihtakari, Jon Havenhand, Paul Renaud, Iris E. Hendriks
Frontiers in Marine Science 3
2013

Effects of Ocean Acidification and Warming on Sperm Activity and Early Life Stages of the Mediterranean Mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis)

Mikko Vihtakari, Iris E. Hendriks, Johnna Holding, Paul Renaud, Carlos M. Duarte, Jon N. Havenhand
Water 5 p. 1890-1915
2012

The amphipod scavenging guild in two Arctic fjords: seasonal variations, abundance and trophic interactions

Henrik Andreas Nygård, Jørgen Berge, Janne Søreide, Mikko Vihtakari, Stig Falk-Petersen
Aquatic Biology 14 p. 247-264
2009

Life history of Onisimus caricus (Amphipoda: Lysianassoidea) in a high Arctic fjord

Henrik Andreas Nygård, Mikko Vihtakari, Jørgen Berge
Aquatic Biology 5 p. 63-74

Poster

2018

Sea ice Biota on a pan-Arctic scale: Status and Trends – findings from the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report.

Bodil Bluhm, Haakon Hop, Igor A. Melnikov, Michel Poulin, Mikko Vihtakari, Eric Collins, Rolf Gradinger, Thomas Juul-Petersen, Cecilie von Quillfeldt
2017

Pan-Arctic distribution of the sympagic amphipod Apherusa glacialis elucidates life-cycle characteristics

Erin Kunisch, Bodil Bluhm, Rolf Gradinger, Haakon Hop, Øystein Varpe, Jørgen Berge, Malin Daase, Igor Melnikov, Mikko Vihtakari

Kapitler og bøker

2019

Zooplankton in Kongsfjorden (1996–2016) in Relation to Climate Change

Haakon Hop, Anette Wold, Mikko Vihtakari, Malin Daase, Slawomir Kwasniewski, Marta Gluchowska, Silke Lischka, Friedrich Buchholz, Stig Falk-Petersen
p. 229-300

Kunstnerisk resultat

2012

The Red King Crab - an Alien in the Barents Sea

Mona Maria Fuhrmann, Susanne Kortsch, Jannike Falk-Petersen, Mikko Vihtakari
2012

The crab line

Jannike Falk-Petersen, Mikko Vihtakari, Susanne Kortsch, Mona Fuhrman
2011

The Desperate Clam

Mikko Vihtakari, Aili Sarre, Johanna Emilia Heidi Hovinen, Jago Wallenschus

Faglige foredrag

2018

Sea ice – State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity.

Cecilie von Quillfeldt, Haakon Hop, Mikko Vihtakari, Bodil Bluhm, Igor A. Melnikov, Michel Poulin
2018

Exploring life-cycle adaptations in a declining sea-ice environment: are sympagic amphipods truly sympagic?

Erin Kunisch, Magnus Drivdal, Jørgen Berge, Bodil Bluhm, Malin Daase, Rolf Gradinger, Igor A. Melnikov, Øystein Varpe, Mikko Vihtakari
2018

Sea ice – State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity.

Haakon Hop, Mikko Vihtakari, Bodil Bluhm, E- Collaboration et. al.

Rapporter og avhandlinger

2017

3.1 Sea Ice Biota. In State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report

Bodil Bluhm, Haakon Hop, Igor A. Melnikov, Michel Poulin, Mikko Vihtakari, R Eric Collins, Rolf Gradinger, Thomas Juul-Pedersen, Cecilie von Quillfeldt
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