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HUSÖ BIOLOGICAL STATION (HBS)

Overview

Husö biological station (HBS) belongs to the Environmental and Marine Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University. HBS established in 1959 is situated at Bergö in the central part of the Åland Islands. HBS holds long-term data bases on marine environmental change and has collaboration with the autonomous Government of the Åland Islands. HBS is base for diverse aquatic studies, but also botanical and entomological studies are conducted. HBS offers space for scientists, students and field courses and provides infrastructure for experimental aquatic ecology, laboratory analyses, marine biological sampling of coastal brackish waters as well as lakes in relative unaltered ecosystems of the Baltic Sea.The archipelago is vastly complex with high habitat diversity. HBS facilitates long-term monitoring, coastal field studies, and experimental research. The station has a long tradition of application of scientific results in management, legislation, and societal purposes in co-operation with third sector bodies. The research at HBS centres on climate change and eutrophication effects on structure and function of key marine habitats, and communities and populations of coastal ecosystems. HBS provides TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus, for which the University of Helsinki (UH) is the Finnish partner.

Ecosystems

  • Baltic Sea ecosystems (brackish water ecosystems characterised by vast archipelagos with high habitat complexity)

 

Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels
    • Åland Sea; North Baltic Sea
    • Motor boats (15-90 hp) for sampling in coastal waters
    • Near-shore diving facility
  • Scuba diving facilities
    • for access to Åland Sea and North Baltic Sea
  • Sampling equipment
    • Water samplers, plankton nets, sediment corers, grabs, dredges, trawls, seines, gill nets and handheld probes)
    • Two cars for towing boat trailers

 

Biological resources 

  • Species collected upon request
    • North Baltic sea

 

Experimental facilities 

  • Aquaria and tanks
    • Controlled indoor and outdoor experimental studies with filtered flow-through seawater (c. 5.5 PSU)
  • Wet labs 
    • Controlled indoor and outdoor experimental studies with filtered flow-through seawater (c. 5.5 PSU)
  • Climate-controlled rooms
    • aquaria, controlled light, water movement
       

Possibility for field experiments in diverse habitats.
Permission to conduct fishing with several methods and is certified to conduct experiment with fish
 

Technology platforms

  • Imaging
    • optical microscopy, sample analysing and sorting

 

E-services

  • Data-sets
    • Seawater parameters (temperature, salinity, later also chlorophyll-a, oxygen, pH) measured since the1970s, at three monitoring stations in the inner and mid archipelago

 

Expert advice

    • Biological sample identification
      • North Baltic Sea benthic fauna and macrophytes

     

    Library services

    • Library services
      • Access to e-library
    • In-house lodging
    • In-house catering
      • Accommodation and in-house catering for up to 50 people

     


    HBS is open for visiting scientists all year round, with most activity occurring during the open-water season.

     

    Acronym: 
    HBS
    Address: 
    713 Bergövägen
    AX-22220 Emkarby Åland Islands
    Finland
    E-mail: 
    Liaison officer: Martin Snickars (martin.snickars@abo.fi), cc to: tzs-assembleplus@helsinki.fi

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