Human-nature relations – historical and ecological perspectives

Our relationship to animals and nature goes back millions of years: prey – hunter & gatherers – predators – domestication – postdomestic era. With the advent of modernity emerged the idea of detachment from nature, but we have (again) started to understand our dependence on it. The motivation of this topic raises from climate change and biodiversity crisis.

We study e.g. animal agency, socio-ecological systems, and multispecies networks:

  • What characteristics of the marine animals affect the relationships?
  • How can such knowledge help improve the scientific and general public understanding of the link between our human well-being and biodiversity?

Examples of research projects

Contacts: Anna Törnroos ( ) and Otto Latva (

Photo: Volker von Bonin 1958. Finna/Helsinki City Museum.