The museum staff participates in the teaching of the biology degree program, among other things, in animal species knowledge.

At the museum, you can complete an internship as part of your studies in museology.

The thesis works are supervised by Director Jouni Aspi and Senior Curator Marko Mutanen.



Director Jouni Aspi's research interests include population genetics of large carnivores.

Senior Curator Marko Mutanen is the coordinator of the Finnish Barcode of Life (FinBOL) project, which aims to produce DNA barcodes for Finnish species. FinBOL is part of the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, whose long-term goal is to produce a DNA barcode library for all species around the world.

DNA barcoding helps identify living species
Species identification through DNA identifiers has been under development for nearly twenty years. Now there is an effective method for animals, plants, and fungi. A DNA barcode library is being created in the international IBOL (International Barcode of Life) project, which aims at ultimately including all living species in the world.

How to thank the research infrastructure you use

The Biodiversity Unit is a research infrastructure that receives support from the University of Oulu. The operation of research infrastructures is generally assessed according to how they are referred to in publications, dissertations and other theses. All academic users are required to give due thanks in their publications to the infrastructures whose resources they have utilized in their research leading to the publication. This will help ensure that infrastructure development and operating costs are kept at a reasonable level.

Recommended thank you text:

This work/Part of the work was carried out with the support of Biodiversity Unit, University of Oulu, Finland.

Where Biodiversity Units staff have made a significant contribution to the conduct of the research, it is appropriate that they be acknowledged as co-authors of the publication. In this case, the relevant institutional affiliation should be recorded as Biodiversity Unit, University of Oulu, Finland.

12.8.2019 Researcher

Jouni Aspi

28.3.2018 Researcher

Marko Mutanen