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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.

                                   Are you a MSc student after an exciting project?

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Examples of scaphandrid shells

First global phylogeny of a deep-sea group of molluscs

Exploring deep-sea biodiversity across the World

Martina Turani

Unravelling the secretes of Haminoea diversity in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans

Martina Turani: internship at the Natural History Museum

Micromelo spp.

New species of flamboyant shelled sea slugs

A collaborative international endeavour led to the description of beautiful species of tropical shelled sea slugs

Emma Hellem

BIO299 Research Project in Biology

Exploring the meaning of colour patterns in tropical marine sea slugs

MSc thesis cover

MSc defence of Jenny Neuhaus

One more thesis in Mollusca research!