Anna Törnroos-Remes

Associate Professor, Environmental and Marine Biology, Åbo Akademi

Anna Törnroos-Remes is an Associate Professor at Environmental and Marine Biology and the interdisciplinary research profile The Sea at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU). She received her PhD in 2014 from ÅAU, after which she worked as a guest researcher at the Technical University of Denmark before returning to Turku in 2018. Currently she is leading the newly started Centre for Sustainable Ocean Science (SOS) at ÅAU and is involved in numerous European projects as well as national and international working groups and panels such as the Baltic Sea panel, Finland’s National IPBES (Biodiversity) Panel and the Finnish Climate Change panel.

Her research has two intertwined avenues. The marine ecological research focuses on how coastal marine environments, and particularly the seafloor functions. Anna is especially interested in what animals do in the system, that is, what roles or functions they perform and how that translates to services for us humans, such as food resources, stabilisation of coastal landscapes and carbon sequestration. With a passion for safeguarding life in the sea, her recent interdisciplinary work within e.g. The Sea and the CoE SOS, brings her across disciplines such as social science, business, technology and humanities to investigate our human relationship with the sea and how to identify and tackle marine socio-ecological challenges, or wicked problems, and their solutions.