Jussi Huotari, Tiina Tulonen and Lauri Arvola

In the world's current waste water treatment systems, much of the nutrients are lost and removed from the food chain. In this project, researchers are looking for practical solutions to recycle nutrients by using algae to extract the nutrients for later use as fertilizer. 

Janne Sundell and Petri Nummi
Beavers are well known as ecosystem engineers that greatly affect the environment they live in by damming streams and felling trees, and this activity has been known to increase biodiversity of invertibrates. In this project researchers are examining the effect of beaver habitat on the mammalian community. 

Marjo Saastamoinen and Suvi Ikonen
The Glanville Fritillary butterfly has become a model species for the study of metapopulations through the efforts of researchers at the University of Helsinki. Experimental work to get precise information on what affects the persistence of populations is essential to begin to understand how we can help conserve species in the future. 

Craig Primmer, Paul Debes, Andrew House and Suvi Ikonen

Professor Craig Primmer's group researches the genetic architecture influencing age at maturity in the Atlantic Salmon to discover what drives the timing of salmon spawning. At LBS, long term experimental work is underway to find out the exact mechanisms that influence when salmon return to riverine habitats to reproduce.

John Loehr, Janne Sundell
The amphipod Pallaseopsis quadrispinosa is a glacial relict species inhabiting lakes and and four springs in Finland. It is an excellent species to investiage morphological and behavioural evolution due habitat dependent adaptations that is has developed. Currently this project is investigating the evolution of antipredator behaviour and morphology.

Matt Robson, Craig Brelsford

The CANSEE group at the University of Helsinki uses LBS's forest to investigate the effects of spectral composition on the phenology of understorey plant species. By gaining knowledge about how plants react to different wavelengths of light, the project will help understanding of what triggers plants to bud in spring or lose their leaves in fall. This information will help understand how plants will react to ongoing climate change.

John Loehr, Robert Lynch

During the Second World War over 400,000 Finns were evacuated after the Karelian territory was lost to the Soviet Union. Using a wealth of life history data from over 160,000 people, this project aims to understand the effects of evacuation on the lives of these evacuees.