Natural Science

The Department is involved in research within the fields of ancient DNA, barcoding, taxonomy, phylogeography, ecology, palaeontology and biodiversity. The main focus is on northern Norway and the Arctic. The Department has well-established laboratory facilities for modern and ancient molecular biology, palynology, and palaeontology.

We are recruiting:

PhD candidate on the project IceAGenT

Laboratory tecnichian on the project IceAGenT

Ongoing projects

ERC consolidator grant: IceAGenT - Ice Age Genomic Tracking of Refugia and Postglacial Dispersal

RCN top research:  ECOGEN -Ecosystem change and species persistence over time: a genome-based approach

RCN:  Norwegian Barcode of Life (NorBOL)

ERC advanced grant: TerrACE - Terrace Arceology and Culture in Europe

Norwegian Biodiversity Information Center:  Biosystematics of Bibionomorpha (Diptera) in the Taiga and Tundra

RCN: Precambrian - Cambrian of the Digermulen Peninsula in Finnmark, northern Norway

BiodivERsA:  Future ArcTic Ecosystems (FATE): drivers of diversity and future scenarios from ethnoecology, contemporary ecology and ancient DNA


ForBio - Research School in Biosystematics

Research facilities

Our most important research facilities are of course our collections. Using our collections, we have sequenced the standard DNA barcodes for a large proportion of the local fauna, bryophytes, lichens and fungi. For vascular plants, we use a more advanced method called genome skimming (low-coverage shotgun sequencing of genomic DNA). This enables us to assemble the entire chloroplast and mitochondrial genome, as well as the ITS region of the nuclear ribosomal DNA. By doing this, we overcome the limitations of standard barcodes in vascular plants and build a reference library useful for e.g. studies of phylogeny, comparative analyzes of organometric evolution, and new plant barcodes for selective taxa and / or ancient DNA.

We also have well-equipped laboratories for molecular biology (both modern and ancient DNA), palynology, taxodermology, palaeontology, geoarchaeology and a general purpose lab. Our ancient DNA lab was renovated in 2016 and is fully operational.


 Employees at the Department of Natural Sciences


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Opening hours and prices

1.6. - 31.8.:

1.9.- 31.5.:
Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.30
Saturday 12.00 - 15.00
Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

Open every day, except for 1. and 17.5., 24. and 25.12.

Opening hours during Easter 2018

Visiting adress:
Lars Thørings veg 10
Phone: +47 776 45 000

Ticket prices:

Adults: 70 NOK
Children (7-18)/Students/seniors: 30 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 120 NOK
Groups (minimum 10 persons): 45 NOK pr person

Combination ticket Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet/MS Polstjerna:   80/40/160 NOK
Students and employees, UiT: Free

Opening hours
1.9–31.5:             11.00–17.00
1.6–31.8:             09.00–18.00

Open every day, except for 1 and 17 May.


Visiting address:
Søndre Tollbodgt 11

Phone: 77 62 33 60


Ticket prices:

Adults: 70 NOK
Children (7-18)/Students/seniors: 35 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 140 NOK
Groups (minimum 10 persons): 50 NOK pr person

Combination ticket Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet/MS Polstjerna:   100/50/200 NOK
Students and employees, UiT: Free



Visiting adress:
Hjalmar Johansens gate 10 (by Polaria)
Phone: 77 62 33 60

Please observe that the stairs inside the ship are very steep. Visitors not comfortable with climbing ladders are advices to stay on the main deck. Regrettably, wheelchairs can not get onboard the vessel. Due to some high thresholds and dim lighting in parts of the ship, we recommend visitors with vision impairments to be accompanied.

Ticket prices for MS Polstjerna

Adults: 40 NOK
Children (7-18)/students/seniors: 20 NOK
Children under 7 years: free
Family ticket (2 adults + children): 80 NOK

Groups over 10 persons: 30 NOK pr person

Combination ticket MV Polstjerna/Tromsø Museum/Polarmuseet: 80/40/160 NOK

Combination ticket MV Polstjerna/Polaria:
- Adults: 115 NOK
- Children: 60 NOK
- Students: 75 NOK
- Seniors: 90 NOK


The Botanical Garden is open 24/7.

(The Botanical Garden has only outdoor displays.)

The cafe in Botanical garden

Summertime (1.6. - 31.8.)
Every day: 11.30-15.30

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