Our research is primarily focused on marine biology, ecology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology and environmental topics. Within behavioural and evolutionary ecology we are primarily interested in reproductive behaviour and the evolution of signals and cryptic coloration.
During the last decades the environmental problems caused by human activities in the Baltic Sea have escalated. Signs of radically changing marine ecosystems are becoming more and more obvious, even to the public, trough e.g. cyanobacterial blooms. The research on the department of Environmental and Marine Biology is mainly focused on coastal waters and environmental problems in the Baltic Sea, where many projects are carried out on the Åland Islands and in the Arcipelago Sea. Major reserach themes are among other things eutrophication, biodiversity, biogeography of plants and birds in archipelagos, algae and shallow bays.
- meiofauna ecology, biotic interactions in shallow archipelago areas
- food webs: meiofauna -> higher trophic levels, eutrophication
- marine ecological and environmental aspects of the Baltic Sea (with focus on coastal and archipelago waters)
- interdisciplinary and applied aspects with transfer of knowledge and advice for management, governance and policy-aspects of the Baltic Sea environment
- benthic ecology, in particular structure and function of seagrass ecosystems
- factors that regulate growth and dynamics of submerged aquatic vegetation
Maria Laamanen, Professor of Practice (affiliated professor) of Marine Environmental Research
- the interaction between life history and sexual selection using fish as model organisms
- marine food webs and benthic communities: trophic interactions, particularly relating to the coupling between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. See also personal website.
- Long term changes in the flora and bird fauna of the Archipelago Sea and causes to these.
- Modeling of distribution patterns of birds and vascular plants.
- the impacts of environmental variability and extreme climatic events on benthic marine communities
- nature types and species diversity in the marine underwater nature
- Ecology and function of shallow coastal waters, interaction among juvenile fish and between fish, zoobenthos and abiotic factors,
- eutrophication and climate effects on predator-prey interactions,
- Marine Spatial Planning, including habitat mapping and distribution of sea uses
- the functioning of coastal areas and particularly the seafloor
- environmental stress pressure on eider (we use a long-studied (> 25 yrs) population from Tvärminne, SW Finland), please see Coping with stressful environments
Karine Gagnon, Post-doctoral researcher
Giannina Hattich, Post-doctoral researcher
Susanne Kortsch, Post-doctoral researcher
Henna Rinne, Research Associate
Tiina Salo, Post-doctoral researcher
Conny Sjöqvist, Post-doctoral researcher, Research Associate within The Sea
Krister Sundell, Post-doctoral researchre
Floriaan Eveleens Maarse
Heidi Herlevi, Doctoral Network Functional Marine Biodiversity
Maïté Jacquot, Doctoral Network Functional Marine Biodiversity
Marie Järnström, Doctoral Network Functional Marine Biodiversity