Finnish Museum of Natural History

Zoology Unit


Metazoa Team

The Metazoa Team is in charge of the zoological collections of both vertebrates and invertebrates, excluding insects. Research topics of principal investigators include systematics and zoogeography of birds, spiders, crustaceans, bivalve molluscs and fishes, the distribution and biology of bats, conservation biology, and theoretical and methodological aspects of biodiversity science. The taxidermy workshop prepares vertebrate specimens for the scientific collections and the public exhibition.

Team leader
Laakkonen, Hanna — Collection Manager

Ahopelto, Heikki — Taxidermy student
Aleixo, Alexandre — Curator (Tuhat)
Andersson, Roni — Taxidermist (Tuhat)
Branco, Vasco — Doctoral Student
Cardoso, Pedro — Curator (Tuhat)
Chichorro de Carvalho, Filipe — Doctoral Student
Fukushima, Caroline — Postdoctoral Researcher (Tuhat)
Granroth, Janne — Senior Museum Technician (Tuhat)
Hildén, Martti — Senior Museum Technician (Tuhat)
Hyytiäinen, Emma-Sofia — Senior Museum Technician (on leave)
Kochanova, Elena — Doctoral Student
Laine, Veronika — Postdoctoral Researcher
Laurén, Elina — Taxidermy student
Lilley, Thomas — Academy Research Fellow (Tuhat)
Lundberg, Piia — Postdoctoral Researcher
Mammola, Stefano — Postdoctoral Researcher
Meierhofer, Melissa — Postdoctoral Researcher
Meramo, Katarina — Doctoral Student
Nylund, Katja — Senior Museum Technician
Ovaskainen, Outi — Senior Museum Technician
Pajunen, Timo — Senior Museum Technician (Tuhat)
Puolakoski, Ari — Chief Taxidermist (Tuhat)
Suominen, Kati — Doctoral Student
Väinölä, Risto — Senior Curator (Tuhat)

Entomology Team

Team leader
Heikkilä, Maria — Curator 

Biström, Olof — Professor, emeritus (Tuhat)
Friman, Miika  —  Museum technician
Junnilainen, Jari — Museum technician
Kahanpää, Jere — Digitisation coordinator (Tuhat)
Kaila, Lauri — Senior curator (Tuhat)
Malinen, Pekka — Senior museum technician (Tuhat)
Mattila, Jaakko — Collections coordinator (Tuhat)
Muona, Jyrki — Professor, emeritus (Tuhat)
Paukkunen, Juho — Senior museum technician (Tuhat)
Rossini, Michele — Postdoctoral researcher (Tuhat)
Rättel, Elvira — Senior museum technician
Sihvonen, Pasi —  Senior curator, Unit leader
Silfverberg, Hans — Curator emeritus (Tuhat)
Sippola, Ella — Project researcher
Ståhls-Mäkelä, Gunilla — Laboratory manager (Tuhat)
Tarasov, Sergei — Curator (Tuhat)
Viljanen, Heidi — Senior museum technician (Tuhat)
Vilkamaa, Pekka — Curator emeritus (Tuhat)
Twort, Victoria — Postdoctoral Researcher (Tuhat)

Specimen loans and other technical collection issues: Pekka Malinen (Lepidoptera), Jaakko Mattila (Coleoptera), Jere Kahanpää (Diptera), Juho Paukkunen (Hymenoptera), Heidi Viljanen (other insect orders).

Monitoring Team, Ringing Centre

Team leader
Valkama, Jari — Curator (Tuhat)
Björklund, Heidi — Senior Museum Technician (Tuhat)
Honkala, Juha — Senior Museum Technician (Tuhat)
Lehikoinen, Aleksi — Academy Research Fellow (Tuhat)
Niiranen, Seppo — Senior Museum Technician (Tuhat)
Piha, Markus — Coordination Curator (Tuhat)
Tidenberg, Eeva-Maria
Tirri, Ina — Senior Museum Technician

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Aino Juslén