Finnish Museum of Natural History

Original name(s)

Institution Address

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13
00014 Helsinki

Main areas of taxonomic expertise

  • Zoology Unit: Arthropoda, Insecta: Lepidoptera, Elachistidae, Coleoptera, Elateriformia, Dytiscidae and Chrysomelidae, Macroplea, Diptera, Syrphidae and Platypezidae, Sciaridae, Hymenoptera, Chrysididae
  • Crustacea, Mysida and Amphipoda, Araneae, Platyhelminthes, Cestoda
  • Botany Unit: Vascular plants, Chenopodiaceae, Salicornia, Musa and Cyperus sect. Arenarii, Oxandra, Asteraceae and Cotoneaster, Symphytum
  • Hepatic systematics, phytogeopgraphy, Western Melanesian hepatics, Chinese hepatics, epiphytes, Helsinki bryophytes, medicinal plants
  • Taxonomy, systematics and evolutionary history of bryophytes, especially Lejeuneaceae and Schistochilaceae
  • Phytogeography, taxonomy and classification of bryophytes, Mniaceae, Philonotis, Rhodobryum, bryoflora of Finland, China and New Guinea
  • Molecular phylogeny of liverworts
  • Sphagnum. History of bryology, nomenclature of bryophytes
  • Mycology, Ascomycetes, lichen forming fungi in particular, Evolution of the Basidiomycetes, Lichen genus, Lichenicolous fungi growing on Bryoria, Lichen forming fungi, the family Cladoniaceae in particular,
  • Wood rotting fungi, Poorly known Basidiomycetes, Genus Anthracoidea
  • Petrology and mineralogy in Earth Sciences

Type of organisation

Institution Address

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13
00014 Helsinki

Director Representative

Prof.Paula Kankaanpää


Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies





Staff fields

staff_year of reference2019
staff total146.0
scientific staff (permanent)27.0
scientific staff (non permanent)5.0
scientific staff post doc (non permanent)11.0
scientific staff associated10.0
staff collection managers technicians (permanent)40.0
staff administrative (permanent)32.0
staff exhibitions (permanent)6.0

General Description

Systematics including taxonomy

The research profile, which is based on collections and large datasets, is nationally unique. Emerging research fields are conservation biology and multidisciplinary biodiversity research. Altogether, the research has a strong fundamental character, but it is often directly and increasingly societally relevant. The strongest research groups work on the following topics: fungal systematics, entomology, boreal phylogeography, bird community trends, global geological development, palaeoclimate reconstruction, and plant conservation methods.


Link of the Research page :  Research page

  • Biogeography
  • The geological development of the earth
  • Research based to species monitoring datasets
  • Research based on dating-technique/Chronology


Link of the Annual report :  Annual Report 2017-2018




Research Fields

  • Anthropology / Physical anthropology (46.20.00)

Research Initiative

Activities and outreach with Universities

Luomus is involved with the Helsinki University Department of Biosciences and Department of Geology and Geography teaching programs. Staff-members participate in teaching systematics and geology for undergraduate level and give special courses for higher-level students. Staff-members also supervise MSc and PhD thesis.


Activities and outreach with other public

Staff-members are sometimes invited to participate as experts/lecturers in various non-University education programs. Students work as trainees in the botanic gardens. Taxidermists are trained by apprenticeship.



University level teaching
Jyrki Muona

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