Research and teaching

The mission of Luomus is to research and teach. We study different species and biodiversity. We are a hub of basic geological information, and we enable the study of the evolutionary history of organisms as well as research based on isotope methods.


The focus areas of research and teaching based on that research are systematics and biogeography (including species identification), the geological history of the Earth as well as research based on biological monitoring data and chronological methods. This research profile based on collections and datasets is unique at the University of Helsinki and in all of Finland.

Emerging fields in the research conducted at Luomus include conservation biology, multidisciplinary biodiversity research and stable isotope analyses of materials. The research focuses on questions which are not addressed by any other research activities at the University of Helsinki. The research is strongly focused on basic research, but it often has direct social significance, which is a rising trend.

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