The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences conducts world-class multidisciplinary research in environmental sciences and life sciences. Broad-based research ranges from the investigation of the molecular structures of life to major questions relating to the ecosystem, as well as human health and wellbeing.
Research and teaching

The Master's Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology provides teaching in fields that develop extremely rapidly. New research methods open new research avenues, and the latest knowledge cannot always be found in textbooks. With active researchers as teachers, our teaching is kept up to date and provides our students with the skills required in professional life.

Part of the research and instruction takes place at the University of Helsinki’s research stations in Tvärminne, Lammi and Kilpisjärvi, located on the southern coast, in central Finland, and Lapland, respectively.

Faculty’s research programmes

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a research leader in fields spanning all the Faculty’s research programmes: Organismal and evolutionary biology, molecular and cellular biosciences, and the ecosystem and environmental sciences.

Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

The Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme (OEB) investigates factors relating to the evolution of plants and animals, as well as their adaptation to stress and a changing climate. Research results are used to determine, for example, how climate change affects the distribution of organisms, which factors affect salmon growth or how the formation of flavouring agents is promoted in herb cultivation.

Molecular and Integrative Biosciences

The Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme (MIBS) investigates molecules, viruses, microbes, animal cells, tissues, organ systems and organisms. The programme combines different subjects areas of experimental biosciences, including biochemistry, genetics, structural biology, cell and developmental biology, virology and microbiology as well as neuroscience and physiology.

Ecosystems and Environment

The wide-ranging and multidisciplinary Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme (ECOENV) investigates the effects of human activity on land and aquatic ecosystems, as well as how these effects are reflected in society. Our researchers are looking for solutions to current environmental problems. Societally, research-based knowledge in environmental sciences can be used to curb climate change as well as foster biodiversity and habitats in support of environmental and human wellbeing.

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