Department of Biology


Research at the Department of Biology. Photo: Per Harald Olsen/NTNU

The Department of Biology offers a wide variety of research areas including behaviour, evolution, ecology, environmental toxicology, marine sciences, physiology and molecular systems. Interdisciplinary research and cooperation are important parts for the department. The Norwegian institute for nature research (NINA) and SINTEF and other NTNU departments are essential partners.


Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF)

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Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics

The vision behind the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics at NTNU is to develop an interdisciplinary centre for research into changes in time and space of biological diversity at different organismal levels.

Research Groups


Behaviour and Evolution

As the name implies, the Behaviour & Evolution Group focuses on studying and teaching evolution and behavior.


The ecology group covers a broad field of research, including effects of both abiotic and biotic environmental variables on individuals, populations and communities and their interactions.

Environmental Toxicology

The research activities in ENVITOX span from genotoxicity, molecular and cellular toxicology and pollutant effects on fish, amphibians, free ranging marine mammals and birds, including Arctic species.

Marine Sciences

The marine science research group is focused upon sustainable management, production and utilisation of biological marine resources.

Molecular Systems Biology

Research activities within the group address various biological questions involving single cell as well as multicellular organisms and use a large range of different technologies.


Research activities within the group address various biological questions like energetics in fishes and birds, chemical communication in insects and plants responding to climatic change.


Thorsten Hamann. PhotoThorsten Hamann

Deputy of Research




PhD Studies


PhD Programme in Biology

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