Our research foci lie on biodiversity, evolutionary biology and conservation with a special focus on Chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, rays and chimaeras).
We are involved in fish species evaluation for the Norwegian IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and also contribute to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. Using DNA-based methods, we are performing taxonomic research on Lantern Sharks (Etmopteridae) also including molecular species identification for conservation. Phylogenetic methods are used for reconstructing deep phylogenetic nodes and place fossil taxa. Further, ancient DNA methodology is applied for sequencing museum wet collection specimens.
Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Nicolas Straube for discussions of possible MSc projects or other work on fishes.
Please see selected publications here.