University of Helsinki Tvärminne Zoological station
The University of Helsinki (UHEL) is represented in FINMARI by its largest field station, Tvärminne Zoological Station (TZS), located on the Hanko peninsula at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland. TZS serves as a centre for a large variety of biological and ecological research, carries out environmental monitoring, and offers facilities for field courses, symposia and seminars.
As the largest marine field station in Finland and in the northern Baltic Sea, TZS offers excellent facilities for year-round field studies in combination with experimental research, covering the full scale from field mesocosms to laboratory aquaria and microcosms. It also provides access to the FINMARI phytoplankton culture collection.
A new research vessel, purpose-built for coastal research (18 m catamaran RV Augusta, delivered in 2019) provides opportunities for completely new lines of research. Research focuses on the links between coastal biodiversity, climate change and ecosystem function, involving pelagic as well as benthic habitats, and measurements of sea-atmosphere fluxes of greenhouse gases.
TZS coordinates the national node of the Finnish marine stations within FINMARI (TZS, Seili, Husö) in the EMBRC-ESFRI process. The infrastructure developments aim at providing a specific niche for Finnish marine RIs within EMBRC; namely providing a Baltic Sea dimension to the availability of material and data, and enabling northern latitude studies throughout the year.
Research Coordinator Joanna Norkko