Department of Biology

BIO's Research

The Department of Biology is Norway's largest academic environment within Marine Biology and conducts research across a diversity of themes including marine microbiology, marine ecology, fisheries ecology, marine biodiversity, developmental biology of fish, aquaculture, fish health and quality of seafood.


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International recognition of the quality of the research environment at BIO is clearly demonstrated by the numbers of young international scientists that come to BIO to study. On average around 20% of BIO's masters' students and 22% of its PhD students are international, underlining both BIO's extensive experience in receiving and training young researchers from other countries, and the high quality of the facilities offered at both BIO and UiB (infrastructure, supporting research groups, technical support, and exposure to a range of different kinds of basic marine research activities). BIO has research opportunities and a research environment that is unique in a European context.

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In addition to its marine research activity, BIO has research groups in geobiology, botanical ecology paleoecology, evolutionary ecology, microbiology, biodiversity and bioinformatics.

The research groups' respective descriptions together with the lists of projects and publications will give an overview over BIO’s research activity.

Focus areas

BIO will undertake fundamental and ground-breaking research into life’s origins, its development as well as the processes and systems that are involved in many of the global challenges we face today. BIO has established 3 primary focus areas that build on the department’s research strengths:

BIO will:

  1. be involved in the search for answers to biology’s major unresolved issues, with a focus on evolutionary, developmental-biological and ecological processes
  2. be a major player in marine biological research, nationally and internationally, throughout the entire research chain from molecular processes to aquaculture and oceanography, from genome to biome
  3. help increase understanding of the effects of global changes on species and ecosystems (climate change, habitat change, pollution, resource consumption), on the basis of research in polar areas and global comparative studies


BIO is strongly involved in themes such as the origin of life, climate, effects of global change, aquaculture, fish health, nutrition, polar research, and development-related research. Read more in BIO’s strategic plan



BIO's external milieu


The department has close cooperation with other groups at the University of Bergen and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, mainly the Department of Molecular Biology, Department of Earth Sciences, Geophysical Institute, Bergen Museum, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, the Centre for Geobiology and Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology.

BIO collaborates closely with other marine research institutes in the Bergen region including:

the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and
the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES)


BIO and main research themes at UiB

Deveopmental research - BIOglobal


Centres of Excellence and Innovation

BIO is involved in 3 Centres of Research Excellence at UiB:

3 Centres for Research-based Innovation:

and one centre for excellence in education: