Torkild Bakken

Head of Department Department of Natural History NTNU University Museum

+47 73592382 +47 91111179 Erling Skakkes gate 47A, Schøninghuset*B-240

Background and activities

I have been Head of Department since 2010.

My research interests are in systematics and biogeography, particularly of polychaete worms (Polychaeta) and sea slugs (Nudibranchia). The main interest is in phylogeny, taxonomy and distribution within these groups, but I do also have a broad interest in faunistics and biodiversity of marine invertebrates in general, in Norwegian waters, coastal as well as deep-sea. Part of my research is linked to NTNU's strategic thematic area Ocean Science and Technology, and the AUR-lab.

I am currently teaching in the courses "Faunistics and floristics" (BI1002) (marine part), and "Marine biodiversity" (BI2036). Previously I taught in "Biogeography and biosystemtics" (BI2001) and "Archaeological oceanography" (ARM3030). I supervise master students in systematics and in marine biology, the latter usually as a part of the AUR-lab.

Scientific collections
I am senior curator and responsible for the Museum's collections of marine invertebrates.

Current research projects:

Links: - flerbørstemark - nakensnegler i Norge

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Kålås, John Atle; Viken, Åslaug; Bakken, Torkild. (2006) Norsk Rødliste 2006 - 2006 Norwegian Red List. 2006. ISBN 82-92838-00-7.

Part of book/report

  • Bakken, Torkild. (2014) Svaets bunndyrfauna. Tautra - den mangfoldige fugleøya i Trondheimsfjorden.
  • Nygren, Arne; Bakken, Torkild. (2013) Familj Nereididae – rovmaskar. Bestämningsnyckel till och presentation av svenska familjer av havsborstmaskar.
  • Nygren, Arne; Bakken, Torkild. (2013) Familj Sphaerodoridae – bollhudingar. Bestämningsnyckel till och presentation av svenska familjer av havsborstmaskar.
  • Søreide, Fredrik; Bakken, Torkild; Jasinski, Marek E.. (2013) Archaeology and biology in the deep sea: The Ormen Lange marine archaeology project. OCEANS - Bergen, 2013 MTS/IEEE - Bergen, 10-14 June.
  • Bakken, Torkild; Fremstad, Eli; Aagaard, Kaare. (2012) Bishop Gunnerus as a naturalist: His impact on biodiversity research today. Aspects of Johan Ernst Gunnerus' life and work.
  • Bakken, Torkild; Oug, Eivind; Sloreid, Svein Erik; Bremnes, Trond; Haraldsen, Trond Knapp; Dolmen, Dag. (2010) Leddormer Annelida. Norsk rødliste for arter 2010. The 2010 Norwegian Red List for Species.
  • Oug, Eivind; Gjøsæter, Jakob; Anker-Nilssen, Tycho; Bakken, Torkild; Sneli, Jon-Arne; Rueness, Jan. (2010) Marine environments. Environmental conditions and impacts for red list species.


  • Altin, Dag; Bakken, Torkild; Rapp, Hans Tore; Sandlund, Vera. (2004) Systematisk oversikt i faunistikk. BI1002 Faunistikk og floristikk i norske økosystemer. 2. utgave. 2004.
  • Bakken, Torkild. (2004) A revision of Nereidinae (Polychaeta, Nereididae). 2004. ISBN 82-471-6205-9.
  • Bakken, Torkild. (1997) Systematikken til Nereididae og Sphaerodoridae (Polychaeta: Annelida) og deres geografiske utbredelse i norske og tilstøtende arktiske farvann. 1997.

Postal address

Department of Natural History Norwegian University of Science and Technology NO-7491 Trondheim Norway