Research Group on Forest Ecology and Biodiversity

01.08.1996 -

Research group

We explore forest ecology and biodiversity and aim to find scientifically solid management and conservation methods that help to maintain biodiversity in forests.

Our research focuses on the patterns of biodiversity and the dynamics of the boreal forest ecosystems. The studies aim at understanding how biodiversity is linked with the ecosystem dynamics and how natural disturbances and forest management affect biodiversity.

In particular, we explore how landscape properties and forest succession differ between managed and natural boreal forests, and how these differences are reflected upon ecosystem characteristics and their species assemblages. The studies aim at facilitating ecologically sound forestry and conservation practises. Both ecological and economical aspects are covered in the studies.

The work is done in close collaboration with students, associates and colleagues from several Finnish and international universities and research institutes.