Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

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Dorothy Dankel successfully defended her thesis in fisheries management
Knut Wiik Vollset had a six-month exchange in the US. He definitely recommends that other PhD students have an exchange experience.
Written by Friederike Hoffman, Sars Centre. Sponges are major constitutes of coral reef and deep sea communities. They excrete high amounts of ammonium and, due to the activity of associated microorganisms, nitrite and nitrate; these are essential nutrients, and sponges are thus considered as important nutrient sources in the marine ecosystem.
May 18-20 a group of undergraduates spent three days at UiB’s Marine Research Station in Espegrend getting an intensive taste and overview of Marine Biology.
The FØH research group held their annual summer seminar at Espegrend on 17-18 June 2009.
Follow along with nesting oystercatchers on the roof of the Science Building. There is a live webcamera following the action.
The marine microbial community contributes to almost 50% of the earth’s total carbon production and thus plays a major role in the ecology of our biosphere. But do we understand how it works? Can we predict how it will respond to changes such as those involved in climate change? Increased understanding of the earth’s geo- and bio-sphere, and its bio-geochemical cycles, particularly in marine... Read more
BIO researcher, Sigrunn Eliassen proposes this as a new hypothesis to a long-standing conundrum in sexual selection theory. By offering an explanation to patterns in nature that have proven difficult to interpret, understand, and predict with existing theory, the FriBIO evaluators in 2008 clearly agreed with Eliassen that her work has the potential for significant impact.
BIO300 has been awarded the Education Ministry’s top prize for quality for 2009 – a prize worth a half million NOK!
Congratulations to Petra Rodewald who has just completed the first chapter of her research scientist adventure (her Masters) and has already lined up chapter two; a PhD position in Finland.
In 2000 during an oceanographic cruise a group of researchers stumbled upon a unique discovery – a completely new kind of hydrothermal vent field.
Preliminary analysis of 3650m of pristine rock core is revealing some unexpected data that may provide insights into perhaps the earliest perturbations of the global carbon cycle.
A book chapter by Vigdis Torsvik and Lise Øvreås... The book is entitled: Microbial diversity, life strategies, and adaptation to life in extreme soils. I: Microbiology of Extreme Soils. Springer 2008 ISBN 978-3-540-74230-2. s. 15-43.
The Skeletal Development Group has a new name; Vertebrate evolution and development. According to Professors Sindre Grotmol, Harald Kryvi and Geir Låre Totland, the new name reflects an exciting evolution in the group's research activity towards more fundamental biological questions regarding the mechanism for the development of the vertebral column; the hallmark of the vertebrates.