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Mollusca Research

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?

                    Have a look at our portfolio of research projects and get in touch!

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Cecilie Sørensen

Molluscan Forum 2019, Natural History Museum London

Cecilie Sørensen a MSc student of the Museum presents her research on the nudibranch genus Polycera

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Tonicella marmorea

New research project on chitons from Norway funded by Artsdatabanken

Dr Nina Mikkelsen will lead during the next two years a project on the diversity and taxonomy of Norwegian chitons based at the Natural History Museum

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Hypselodoris festiva

Fieldtrip to Japan October 2019

Exploring the unique diversity of the tropical NW Pacific Ocean

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Participants (students and lecturers) on the course

ForBio and MEDUSA course: Systematics, Morphology and Evolution of Marine Molluscs

Advanced course on Molluscs co-organized by the Natural History Museum

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The sampling team!

Sea slugs from Vestfold: fieldtrip to Larvik & Sandefjord

Exploring the sea slug diversity from the southern counties of Norway