University of Helsinki UHEL - Tvärminne
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.
TZS offers excellent facilities for year-round field studies in combination with experimental research, from field mesocosms to laboratory aquaria and microcosms. Biodiversity and its coupling to ecosystem level processes is a major research theme, involving pelagic as well as benthic habitats.
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.