Anna Villnäs
  • J.A. Palménin tie 260



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki



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Description of research and teaching

Our coastal environments provide a wide range of essential ecosystem functions and services. However, these diverse, productive environments are increasingly threatened by disturbances such as climate change and eutrophication. As a marine benthic ecologist, I explore how structural and functional aspects of biodiversity relates to ecosystem functions and services, and how changes in the environment affect this relationship. I have investigated these questions by performing field experiments, but I also explore patterns in benthic biodiversity and functions by utilizing large-scale monitoring data. Although I perform basic ecological research, I strive to make research findings relevant for environmental management and for the general public. I participate in teaching Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses and supervise MSc students.

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • marine ecosystems
  • biodiversity
  • ecosystem function
  • soft-bottom communities
  • environmental assessments

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.