Naturvitenskapelig forskning

From seabirds to biosystematics.


In natural sciences we research three main areas: biosystems, ecology and palaeontology.

All of these subjects have in common that they chart life and the history of life, how evolution has affected life through the history of the earth and what is happening today. The interaction between organisms and the environment means a lot to understand.  

Our researchers in botany are experts in fungi, lichens and plants. Our scientists in zoology are experts in seabirds, small mammals and insects. Our paleontology scientists are experts in fossil marine animals, such as molluscs, arthropods, elephants and the rocks where the fossils are preserved

Our natural science research and the development of collections started with geologist and collector Karl Pettersen in 1872. Some years later, the zoologist Jacob Sparre Schneider and botanist Michael Heggelund Foslie were employed. Thus, the foundation was laid for a full-scale science department.

Today, the Department of Natural Sciences has 7 permanent employees in research positions in botany, zoology and palaeontology, and two further will start soon. In addition, fellows and project staff attend.

We are recruiting:

PhD candidate on the project IceAGenT

Laboratory tecnichian on the project IceAGenT

Ongoing projects:


ERC consolidator grant: IceAGenT - Ice Age Genomic Tracking of Refugia and Postglacial Dispersal

NFR top research:  ECOGEN -Ecosystem change and species persistence over time: a genomic-based approach

NFR:  Norwegian Barcode of Life (NorBOL)

ERC advanced grant: TerrACE - Terrace Arceology and Culture in Europe

Aristdatabanken:  Biosystematics of Bibionomorpha (Diptera) in the Taiga and Tundra

NFR:  Precambrian - Cambrian of the Digermulen Peninsula in Finnmark, northern Norway

BiodivERsA: Future ArcTic Ecosystems (FATE): drivers of diversity and future scenarios from ethnoecology, contemporary ecology and ancient DNA


ForBio - Research School in Biosystematics