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University Lecturer, Degree Programme in Digital Culture, Landscape and Cultural Heritage
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cultural History and European and World History
Docent, Faculty of Humanities
PhD, Adjunct Professor
Leading the Academy of Finland research HumBio. Chairman of the Wave Riders network. Postdoc in the Academy of Finland projects UnSus and HUTI in UTU, SeaHer in ÅA. Postdoc in BIODIFORM consortium.


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Areas of expertise

Human-Animal Studies
Human-Plant Studies
Baltic Sea
20th Century
19th Century
18th Century
16th Century
Environmental History
Cultural History
More-than-human history
Oral History
History of Science
History of Zoology
History of Knowledge
Maritime History
Biodiversity loss
Climate Change
Digital Humanities
Big Data
Giant Squid
Sea monsters
History of Animal Farming
Maritime Literature
History of Whaling;


I have taught several lectures from the perspective of more-than-human history, mainly on Human-Animal Studies. I have also organized several popular courses mainly with the above-mentioned theme. For instance, I organized and coordinated a lecture course with multiple lecturers on Animal and Plant Studies within Humanities with my colleague Heta Lähdesmäki in 2015. In 2020, I organized and taught an international lecture course "Sea, Nature and Finnish Culture", which was especially popular among exchange students. In addition to sole lectures and courses, I have led thematic seminar courses for the MA students of Cultural History from 2013 to 2018. During the first years, I led the seminar on Oral History. Since 2015, I have led the "Memory and Narrative" seminar with my colleague Maarit Leskelä-Kärki and later with Karoliina Sjö. In 2021, I taught a seminar on Environmental and Maritime history. 


I am a historian focusing on human-animal and human-plant studies as well as environmental history. I have the title of docent in the field of more-than-human history. I have studied widely the early modern as well as the nineteenth-century and twentieth-century societies and cultures. In my previous studies, I have investigated the shared history of humans and animals, the long-term understanding of the marine environment, and the history of seafaring culture. I am also interested in many other matters concerning the relationship between humans and non-human nature.  In addition to this, I am interested in the methods of digital humanities.

I lead a research project Disappeared, Endangered and Newly Arrived Species: The Human Relationship with the Changing Biodiversity of the Baltic Sea (HumBio). The webpage of the project is The project is funded by the Academy of Finland 2021-2025.


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Epilogi (2022)

Kaarlenkaski Taija, Latva Otto
(Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa (B2))

Johdanto (2022)

Kaarlenkaski Taija, Latva Otto
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli kokoomateoksessa (A3))