Research groups

Luomus hosts several leading international research groups led by principal investigators (PIs). The Luomus research profile is based on a unique combination of collections, monitoring data and chronological methods. Explore the work of research groups on their websites; see links on this page. Most research group websites are in English.

Research groups are classified under the three Luomus research programmes.

Research groups under the Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation programme

The Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation programme studies the species diversity and regional distribution of groups of organisms as well as changes in species. Projects explore threats arising from, for example, species loss, the spread of invasive alien species and climate change. A variety of methods specific to both field and laboratory research are used, allowing the adaptation of organisms to be studied, for example, by performing experimental work, exploring long observation series or using a modelling  approach.

Research groups under the Systematics and Evolution programme

The themes of the Systematics and Evolution research programme include evolutionary systematics, taxonomy, biodiversity, speciation, phylogeography and ontology. The methods employed by the programme’s researchers include phylogenetics, DNA barcoding, comparative morphology and population genetics. Research results can include new information on the kinship between species in individual groups.

Research groups under the Earth, Life and Times (EARLS) programme

The Earth, Life and Times (EARLS) research programme strives to explore broad-based research questions in order to produce comprehensive multidisciplinary understanding. The idea underpinning the efforts is how the geologic, climate and environmental history of Earth is linked to the history of life. Research methods include radiocarbon determination, stable isotope analyses and elementary assays.