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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am full-time Director of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, an independent insitute within the University of Helsinki responsible for the preservation, accumulation, and exhibition of the national natural history collections and for research and education relating to them. My focus is on management and strategic development of the institute as a whole with an emphasis on research infrastructure development in the field of biodiversity informatics at a national, European and global level. I have a research background in peatland ecology, systematics and biogeography of tropical plants, and conservation biology, but nowadays I allocate only a modest part of my time to conducting research myself.

External positions

member, Ministry of the Environment

1 Jan 210031 Dec 2021

Member, ministry of the environment

1 Mar 201031 Dec 2016

Head of Delegation of Finland, Global Biodiversity Information Facility

2010 → …


  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • 113 Computer and information sciences

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1995 2019

A benchmark dataset of herbarium specimen images with label data

Dillen, M., Groom, Q., Chagnoux, S., Güntsch, A., Hardisty, A., Haston, E., Livermore, L., Runnel, V., Schulman, L., Willemse, L., Wu, Z. & Phillips, S., 8 Feb 2019, In : Biodiversity Data Journal. 7, 15 p., 31817.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

1 aforismi

Schulman, L. E., 2017, Tiedeaforismikirja: Uusia ajatelmia tieteestä. Salo, T. (ed.). Helsinki: Into kustannus, p. 45 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Assisted Migration as a Conservation Approach Under Climate Change

Hällfors, M. H., Vaara, E. M., Ahteensuu, M. T., Kokko, K. T., Oksanen, M. & Schulman, L. E., 2017, Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, 2017. DellaSala, D. & Goldstein, M. (eds.). Elsevier, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Johtajan katsaus: Luomuksen vuodet 2015 ja 2016: suuria saavutuksia, rajuja leikkauksia

Schulman, L. E., Jun 2017, Vuodet 2015–2016: Luonnontieteellisen keskusmuseon vuosikertomus. Helsinki: Luonnontieteellinen keskusmuseo, 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Open Access

Projects 2008 2017

Avustettu leviäminen ilmastonmuutokseen sopeutumisessa: mahdollisuudet ja rajoitukset (CO-ADAPT)

Lehvävirta, S., Hällfors, M., Vaara, E., Aikio, S., Ahteensuu, M., Lehtimäki, I., Schulman, L., Hyvärinen, M., Kokko, K., Ryttäri, T., Siipi, H. & Oksanen, M.

01/09/2012 → …

Project: Research project

Radiocarbon Analytics Finland (RACAF)

Oinonen, M., Palonen, V., Pesonen, A., Tikkanen, P., Keinonen, J., Schulman, L. & Kallasvaara, H.

01/01/2010 → …

Project: Research project

Suomen lajitietokeskus

Schulman, L.


Project: Research project

Muutosta ilmassa Nordenskiöld

Schulman, L.


Project: Research project

Ex-Situ Conservation of Finnish Native Plant Species

Hyvärinen, M., Ryttäri, T., Aspi, J., Eeronheimo, H. & Schulman, L.


Project: Research project


'Siilin Peukku' Prize

Leif Schulman (Recipient), Apr 2016

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2001 2019

”Tolv procent av våra djur- och växtarter är hotade"

Leif Edvard Schulman (Speaker)
11 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

How to measure and sustain biodiversity in a changing world

Leif Edvard Schulman (Speaker)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Punainen kirja 2019

Leif Edvard Schulman (Speaker)
11 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Wiley (Publisher)

Leif Edvard Schulman (Reviewer)
18 Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts