Background and activities

Research  I use a phylogenetic approach to studying a range of biological aspects in various groups of plants (e.g. the Lamiaceae) and fungi (incl. lichens), from population to family level. I frequently include archived collections (i.e. herbarium and fungarium specimens) in my research and use recently developed statistical tools for data analysis. I co-lead the researcher group Integrative Taxonomy and DNA-barcoding (TAXA) with Torbjørn Ekrem. I am actively participating in the groups Bio3D (NTNU) and ISOP (NHM, UiO). 

Scientific collections  I am curator of vascular plants at NTNU University Museum (herbarium TRH) and fungi at NHM, UiO (fungarium O). 

Teaching  The past few years, I have been teaching on the NTNU course BI1002 (Faunistics and Floristics) and the ForBio course DNA barcoding - from sequences to species.

MSc project in biosystematics / conservation genetics? We offer MSc projects on both plants and fungi. See this page for short description of ongoing projects.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database


  • Grant, Danielle M.; Brodnicke, Ole Bjørn; Evankow, Ann; Ferreira, André O.; Fontes, João T.; Hansen, Aslak Kappel; Jensen, Mads Reinholdt; Kalaycı, Tuğba Ergül; Leeper, Alexandra Eve Joyce; Patil, Shalaka Kiran; Prati, Sebastian; Reunamo, Anna; Roberts, Aradhana J; Shigdel, Rajesh; Tyukosova, Valentina; Bendiksby, Mika; Blaalid, Rakel; Costa, Filipe O.; Hollingsworth, Peter M.; Stur, Elisabeth; Ekrem, Torbjørn. (2021) The Future of DNA Barcoding: Reflections from Early Career Researchers. Diversity. vol. 13 (313).
  • Zhao, Fei; Chen, Ya-Ping; Salmaki, Yasaman; Drew, Bryan T.; Wilson, Trevor C.; Scheen, Anne-Cathrine; Celep, Ferhat; Bräuchler, Christian; Bendiksby, Mika; Wang, Qiang; Min, Dao-Zhang; Peng, Hua; Olmstead, Richard G.; Li, Bo; Xiang, Chun-Lei. (2021) An updated tribal classification of Lamiaceae based on plastome phylogenomics. BMC Biology. vol. 19 (2).