Finnish Museum of Natural History


Original name(s)
    Institution Address

    Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13
    00014  Helsinki
    FI - Finland

    Type of organisation

    Institution Address

    Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13
    00014 Helsinki
    FI - Finland

    Museum (Public)

    Director Representative

    Prof.Leif Schulman



    Structure Chart

    Governing & Executive bodies

    The Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus is an independent institution functioning under the University of Helsinki. It is constituted by law to preserve, augment, and display the national natural history collections and to conduct research and provide teaching based on them. Luomus is one of the three central national museums in Finland, the other being in the fields of Cultural Heritage and in Fine Arts. The collections of Luomus include preserved and live botanical collections, and zoological, geological and paleontological specimens from all over the world.

    Staff fields

    scientific staff associated: 10.0.scientific staff non permanent: 5.0.scientific staff permanent: 27.0.scientific staff post doc non permanent: 11.0.staff administrative permanent: 32.0.staff collection managers technicians permanent: 40.0.staff exhibitions permanent: 6.0;staff total: 146.0;staff year of reference: 2019

    Membership fields

    Full member

    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: Research page

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


    Link: Annual Report 2017-2018




    Research Fields

    • 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

    Research Initiative

    On-line outreach activitie : : ['Luomus has no such activities.']
    other outreach activitie : : ['Luomus has an extensive program of guided tours, school programs etc organized by the Public Outreach Team and directed to different sectors of the public.']
    Non academic trainings : : ['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.']
    Academic trainings : : ['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.']
    General description : : ['The taxidermy team of the Zoology Unit is having a training program for taxidermy. The training program is certified by the Finnish National Board of education. Link: The program is individually planned for each trainee, and takes approximately three years. Contact: See above.']


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