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About Laura Puikkonen
Laura Puikkonen
Intern, Polar and Mountain Programme
Phone: +47 4747 1645

I come from Finland and have always loved living in a country with four seasons. Ever since I can remember, I have had the urge to go even further north. When I was 14, my dad took me on a trip to Svalbard, which sealed my passion for rugged and remote landscapes of mountains and the Arctic. This love has also made me want to learn more about these fragile areas and brought me to GRID-Arendal, to work as an intern in the Polar and Mountain Environments programme.


Currently, I am pursuing two master’s degrees at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University, Finland. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Change and Policy at the University of Helsinki, I wanted both a wider interdisciplinary understanding and specialised academic knowledge. That is why I now study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to gain in-depth knowledge about the connections in the biosphere and Creative Sustainability to accompany this insight with an understanding about how different fields ranging from technology to design and business approach the urgent theme of sustainability in order to protect our living planet. In addition to my study background in natural sciences I have a wide experience in visual communication, illustration and photography through work and volunteering.


Because of the love for mountains and the Arctic together with my lifelong interest in birds and mammals and a visually oriented mind, I am intrigued by a wide range of projects related to species and habitat protection, the use of GIS and remote sensing in conservation and solving environmental problems and visualizing the acquired knowledge. At GRID-Arendal I am looking forward to gaining more experience in the field of cartography and geo-informatics related to polar and mountain issues, assisting with photography needs and challenging my extensive background in environmental issues and communication within the context of first-class science communication.


During my days off I will likely have taken a bus to the inland mountains for hiking, gone horse riding or am getting acquainted with the less familiar underwater world by freediving.

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