Profile & activities

LUOVA's Wildlife Biology research covers both basic and applied research.
Research disciplines
  • ecology
  • evolutionary biology
  • conservation
  • management of natural populations and communities
  • taxonomy and systematics
  • computational biology
Courses and studying

A doctoral degree in LUOVA comprises a doctoral thesis and 40 credits of doctoral studies. The studies are divided into scientific content and transferable skills studies.

Part of the studies can be completed flexibly by presenting your research at scientific conferences, teaching, supervising/mentoring others, writing popular articles and attending relevant seminars.
Visit our study planning instructions for current doctoral students on the University's Instructions for Students.

The programme organises methodological courses, courses in communication skills and career planning, as well as the annul Spring Symposium where you can present your research to your peers. You can also complete doctoral-level courses from other Finnish Universities, as well as from international Universities and research institutes.

Courses in research ethics and transferable skills are offered throughout the academic year by the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB).

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Events and activities

The annual LUOVA Spring Symposium brings together doctoral researchers active in research fields related to ecology, evolution, systematics and nature conservation.