Our Earth is rich in natural diversity, both geological and biological, though there is much we do not know about how this diversity arose, persists and changes over time.
In our research we investigate some of these questions: How did different organisms, rocks and minerals form? How many species are there? How did extinct species live? How will earth's biodiversity adapt to climate change? Can we find innovative and sustainable ways to use our natural resources?
Natural diversity is the overarching theme for all research at the museum, including fossils of extinct life at Svalbard, lilies of Africa or birds of Norwegian mountain regions. Our nine research groups work on various fields within biology and geology. Get to know some of the themes they are studying.
Many of our scientists regularly conduct field work in different parts of the world to collect data for their research projects. Get out and about, to the rainforests of Brazil or the Arctic sea ice cover, and see how our researchers work to gain knowledge about nature.
- Evolution and Paleobiology (EPA)
- Sex and Evolution Research Group (SERG)
- Evolution, eDNA, Genomics, and Ethnobotany (EDGE)
- Integrative Systematics of Plants and Fungi (ISOP)
- Frontiers in Evolutionary Zoology (FEZ)
- Entomology Research Group (ENTO)
- Geo-Ecology Research Group (GEco)
- Norwegian Center for Mineralogy (NORMIN)
- Norwegian Center for Paleontology (NORPAL)
Groups with museum participation