High-quality research and teaching requires investment in good research infrastructures. The FINMARI consortium was founded in 2013 and since then, with its support, we have been able to modernize and improve our research infrastructure. Good research equipment help researchers and students across disciplines to study various interesting and important questions, related for example to the climate change. Here we introduce some of the equipment we have recently acquired.
What is FINMARI?
Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure (FINMARI) is a cross-institutional consortium founded in 2013 and coordinated by the Marine Research Centre of SYKE. The consortium assembles research institutes, universities and a state-owned company, all with a strong interest in marine research. The distributed infrastructure network includes field stations, research vessels an multi-purpose icebreakers, laboratory facilities, ferryboxes, fixed measurement platforms and buoys.
The latest major additions to our research infrastructure have been a Hydro-Bios Multinet Mini and a Manta trawl. The Multinet allows the collection of 5 parallel horizontal or vertical zooplankton samples (mesh size 100 um) and thereby essentially increases sampling efficiency by allowing the collection of more samples in less time. The Manta-trawl is a horizontal net system (mesh size 335 um), which allows researchers to collect microplastics and plankton from the surface waters.
In spring 2018, we will also receive a side scan sonar system for shallow water, with which we’ll be able to study for example the bottom morphology of fish spawning grounds. The equipment can also open new research possibilities for example in marine archaeology.
Researchers interested in working abroad may apply for funding at Assembleplus.eu. Assemble plus provides transnational access to marine biological research facilities and resources. At Seili, we offer a wide variety of services, including access to a brackish-water coastal ecosystem, state-of-the-art experimental facilities, historical observation data, and various research support services. Contact us for more information or stay tuned for new funding calls!