Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

News archive for Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

In 2009, Professor II Albert Imsland was the Department of Biology’s (BIO’s) most prolific author, with a total of 12 publications having a summed impact factor of 15.5.
Darwin Year is over! Congratulations to the Darwin enthusiasts at the Department of Biology (BIO) who made a year of celebratory events possible. Efforts began a couple of years ago to organise events to honour not only the lifetime achievements of this great man, but also the continuing relevance of his ideas across a broad range of scientific disciplines.
(from Geoviten-ekstern 18.12.2009) The department has recently installed a new Raman spectrometer at the Bergen Geoanalytical Facility on the second floor in Realfagbygget.
(from Geoviten-ekstern 18.12.2009) Our planet is a work of life. Biological and geological processes have been inextricably linked since life first emerged on Earth. Learning more about when and where life first evolved is central to understanding how geobiological systems have shaped our planet. The answers to these questions are preserved in sparse and fragmentary early Archean rocks that... Read more
Visual artist Ellen Karin Mæhlum writes that “Art and science often begin with visual observations followed by mental adaptation and subsequent interpretation. My aim was to make visible something that is normally both invisible and inaccessible. One of the things that interested me was what happens to the motif when the original photographs taken under the microscope are enlarged, adapted and... Read more
PhD students Joachim Spindelböck and Eric Meineri are involved in a project that is investigating how Norwegian vegetation is responding to climate change. The project involves counting out the seeds of six different reference species into 113 packages of 300 or 500 each,, seeding them in the field in locations different in climate from their origin and then observing how their germination and... Read more
Over sixty students filled the little auditorium at BIO to learn more about how to approach thesis writing. Associate Professor Karen Lunsford from the University of California, Santa Barbara actively engaged them in a series of short exercises addressing issues of writer’s block and controlling information flow.
Det norske forskningsskuta "G.O. Sars" havner i klasse med verdens største containerskip og bilfrakteverktøy i dokumentaren "Mighty Ships".
Here are some comments after one course: A great way to kick-start the academic year! Wonderful opportunity to network build! I got new ideas about how to proceed with my own project!
Ole Brix and Ivar Rønnestad et al have just published an article entitled, “Whether depositing fat or losing weight, fish maintain a balance” in the Proceedings of TheRoyal Society Biological Sciences. the article was selected as a “highlighted paper”.
DNA-sequencing gives us the possibility to study the genetic code of all living organisms. Many researchers today take advantage of developments in molecular biology technology that have led to the development of massive parallel pyrosequencing.
Journal "Evolutionary Applications" has published a special issue "Toward Darwinian Fisheries Management", based on the symposium EvoFish organized in 2008.
CGB researchers re-visited Loki's Castle, the world's northernmost identified Black Smoker, and Håkon Mosby Mud Volcano. This year Discovery channel was also onboard.
Researchers from the MAR-ECO project at again at sea over the mid-Atlantic Ridge, first for a 40-day cruise aboard the new NOAA Research Vessel, the Henry B. Bigelow and then for six weeks aboard the newest English research vessel, the James Cook.
CGB will be taking an active role in an Astrobiology summer school addressing these issues 29 June-13 July 2009. Professor Nils-Kåre Birkeland will be one of the lecturers, lecturing on the "Genetics of thermophiles" and the "Molecular basis of the stability of biomoleculees in hot environments". Researcher Ida Helene Steen and research assistant Solveig Hoem are leading some of the lab courses... Read more