Applied Statistics in Forestry and Environmental Sciences

Homepage of Lauri Mehtätalo





Curriculum vitae




Current position

Research professor in mathematical modelling for forest planning,
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Joensuu
Docent in forest biometrics, University of Helsinki

Contact info

Yliopistokatu 6
80100 Joensuu, FINLAND  
tel +358-50-442-2962

email: firstname.mehtatalo (at)


Welcome to the homepage of Lauri Mehtätalo

I am a forest modeler and biometrician, who is especially interested in problems related to forest inventory, growth and yield. I am especially interested in solutions that produce significant improvements by going beyond the basic statistical applications.

I teach courses related to mixed-effects models, sampling, and spatial statistics. I have previous experience in teaching of forest planning, too.

Since year 2002 I have used the open-source software R for almost all my research. I also use it in teaching of both theoretical and practical statisics. The R-package lmfor includes some of my own functions for forestry-related problems.

See my profiles at ResearchGate and Google Scholar.


"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it."
  --  Henry Ford

"An academic scholar should be able to change his mind even once a day if there are good justifications for the change."
  --  Pekka Kilkki


Last Updated: April 20, 2020