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Mollusca Research

Molluscs are the second most diverse group of animals and the one with higher number of species in the marine environment. They have a staggering diversity of body shapes, ecologies, and sizes from minute worm like animals living between sand grains, to clams and gastropods with flamboyant shells, mysterious giant squids and octopuses and of course the dazzling bright coloured nudibranchs. At the Natural History Museum of Bergen we research on various aspects of the morphology, diversity, systematics, phylogenetics, ecology, biogeography, and evolution of molluscs, using state of the art methods like DNA barcoding, molecular phylogenetics, and electron microscopy. Our geographic scope covers nearly the whole World with projects on the Norwegian Sea, West Africa, Caribbean Sea, Indo-Pacific Ocean and Antarctica.

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Fieldwork to Drøbak (May 2018)

Sea slugs of southern Norway kicks off with a field trip to Drøbak, Oslo fjord

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Cessa Rauch hired to assist on our new project "Sea slugs from southern Norway"

Cessa Rauch concluded her PhD on sea slugs kleptoplasty in April 2018 at the University of Dusseldorf and has now joined the research team of our Norwegian sea slug project

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New PhD student

Justine Siegwald will study deep sea diversity and speciation at the University Museum during the next 4-years

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“Opisthobranch” gastropods from West Africa

Dr Sara Castillo from the University of Vigo, Spain visits the Museum