Lammi Biological Station

Lammi Biological Station was founded in 1953 on land previously owned by the Lammi church. For over half a century the station has been a part of the University of Helsinki's biosciences field courses and functioned as a base station for numerous research projects in the environmental sciences. Below you can find a summary of the station resources, detailed information at the stations own www-page.

Lammi Biological Station is belongs to the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. LBS facilitates university courses and research projects in the biological and environmental sciences and other disciplines. The station has an especially strong history in ecological, evolutionary and environmental research. Located outside the Helsinki metropolitan area LBS has an important role in representing the University in the region.

Lammi Biological Station was founded in 1953 in the premises of the old Lammi vicarage. Teaching took place first in the old buildings until 1970 when the new main building and the accommodation facilities were built. Over the years the station has grown from a summer outpost to a large year round research facility. Today, LBA accommodates about 40 research projects, 20 biology and ecology courses, and 70 seminars and meetings every year.

The Lammi region is a mosaic of fields, forests, lakes, mires and eskers and  therefore offers an ideal environment for conducting research and field courses. In Evo, just 20 km north of the station, is the largest contiguously forested area in southern Finland. Patches of old growth forest, as well as the many small lakes and ponds make this area a great choice for outdoor activities, especially hiking and fishing.

  1. Well-equipped aquatic laboratory
  2. Skilled assisting personnel
  3. Good experimental facilities for aquatic and terrestrial research: e.g. greenhouses, 550 m2 research hall, large outdoor insect cages, experimental catchment area
  4. Diverse environmental monitoring background data
  5. Extensive collection of sampling and field gear: e.g. drones, automatic measurement devices
  6. Diversity of habitats in surroundings: agricultural habitats, eskers, mires, lakes, ponds, creeks, forests; deciduous, coniferous, mixed; managed and protected
  7. Lauded food and accommodation services
  8. Workshop for preparing custom made research gear
  9. Spacious seminar and laboratory rooms
  10. Easy access with public transportation
  11. Various means of transportation: minibuses, snowmobiles, hydrocopter, trailers, different sized boats

Lammi Biological Station (LBS) offers facilities, equipment and support for many kinds of research. Most of the studies are basic research, but also applied issues are increasingly common. Research is usually done with external funding but LBS also has its own research projects both in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The main theme in the research done in Lammi is environmental change in boreal ecosystems. Currently, research projects are often interdisciplinary and done together with several universities and governmental institutes.

LBS is especially known for its aquatic research and research related to environmental change; eutrofication, interaction between catchment area and lakes, and global warming to name a few. To study these questions long-term ecological data are essential. This kind of monitoring has been done in Lammi since the 1960’s.

Research in terrestrial systems includes e.g., research on rarity, biodiversity and reasons for extinction. During recent years the station has become well-known as a site where the Metapopulation research group of the University of Helsinki is carrying out their experimental studies.

Lammi Biological Station has a wide national and international collaboration network, including infrastructure networks, research collaboration, corporate collaboration, and outreach. Learn more from the station's own website.