The staff of the Biodiversity Unit is teaching on the courses of the Department of Biology. The Biodiversity Unit is also supporting the teaching by offering a diverse range of infrastructure. Part of the teaching taking place at the Department of Biology is arranged at the field stations, natural history collections and Botanic Garden of the Biodiversity Unit. Several theses are completed yearly in the unit and we also offer students possibilities of practical training and project work.
Keyword: Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku
Research at Biodiversity Unit focuses broadly on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and –services.
In a new study, researchers at the University of Turku and the University of Helsinki identified the diet of the most common Finnish bat species. The diet of the bats included a considerable amount of various invertebrates, including ground dwelling beetles, gnats, mosquitoes, and a wealth of moths. The researchers were able to determine a total of over 500 different prey species from the approximately 1,200 bat droppings collected for the study.
Multidisciplinary research and teaching lie at the heart of the activities of the Biodiversity Unit. As well as these, the unit also focuses on public outreach.
We study biodiversity and disseminate knowledge of it both academically and outside the academic community.
Mr Sakari Alhopuro, (Finnish honorary title of) lääkintöneuvos, has donated €1.5 million to the University of Turku for establishing three professorships. One of the professorships is focused on subarctic ecology, another one on the Archipelago Sea research, and the third on biodiversity.
Throughout the history of life, new groups of species have flourished at the expense of earlier ones and global biodiversity has varied dramatically over geologic time. A new study led by the University of Turku shows that completely different factors regulate the rise and fall of species.
Tree ferns still occupy the tropical moist forests in Australia, even though they shared their “golden age” with dinosaurs.