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Department of Biology

Biology - the science about life on land, in seabed, in the air and in aquatic environments. We study life and evolution of life. We contribute to environmental and social problem solving by means of basic research, interdisciplinarity and collaboration with a focus on sustainable solutions.

Department of Biology is part of Natural Sciences


2021.05.06 | Department of Biology

Professor Signe Normand receives the Elite Research Prize for 2021

Professor of biology Signe Normand from Aarhus University is one of the five recipients of the Elite Research Prize for 2021. There are also Elite Research travel grants for two PhD students from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Bioscience. The awards will be presented at an event at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science…

2021.04.29 | Department of Biology

Jens-Christian Svenning most cited according to Reuters' Hot list

Denmark's most influential climate scientist is found at the Department of Biology. "Reuters' Hot List" is listing the most cited climate scientists in the world, and professor Jens-Christian Svenning takes first place in Denmark and is ranked 101 in the world.

2021.04.06 | Department of Biology

More green areas earmarked for biodiversity at AU

Aarhus University wants to increase biodiversity in several of the university's green areas. The areas will increase species variation, and can be used in connection with teaching and as a meeting point for social activities.

2021.03.04 | Department of Biology

Tiny computers reveal how wild bats hunt so efficiently

The bats' echolocation is more advanced than previously thought. Bats muffle their screams almost to a whisper when hunting, so echoes from trees and buildings do not drown out echoes from the prey.

2021.02.26 | Department of Biology

ICARUS aims to understand the clouds over the Arctic

The Arctic region is very sensitive to climate change and the ongoing changes in the Arctic are a crucial factor affecting the global climate. Therefore, it is important to understand what determines the Arctic climatic processes. With a grant from the Villum Foundation, the researchers behind the ICARUS project aim to examine how specific…

2021.02.10 | Department of Biology

Electric cable bacteria breathe oxygen with unheard efficiency

Ten years ago, researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, reported the discovery of centimeter-long cable bacteria, that live by conducting an electric current from one end to the other. Now the researchers document that a few cells operate with extremely high oxygen consumption while the rest of the cells process food and grow without oxygen. An…


Wed 19 May
14:00-16:00 | Online
Rewilding and herbivory in a South American savanna
PhD defence: Julia Carolina Mata, Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity
Mon 31 May
14:15-15:59 | The AIAS Auditorium, if possible. Virtually, if not.
How to get fat: Measuring the foraging behaviour of whales and seals
AIAS Seminar: Mark Johnson, AIAS Fellow
Fri 04 Jun
14:00-15:00 | Online
A critique of the spectral species concept: are satellites diamonds in the sky?