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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


2021.02.26 | 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…

2021.02.04 | Department of Biology

Aarhus University heads large-scale joint Arctic efforts in the Danish Realm

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has just granted almost DKK 37 million to a targeted effort to unravel the importance of the ongoing climate change in the Arctic environment, how quickly the changes take place and how they affect the rest of the planet. The project brings all the Arctic stakeholders of the Danish Realm together in one…

2021.02.04 | Department of Biology

Potentially toxic plankton algae may play a crucial role in the future Arctic

As the sea ice shrinks in the Arctic, the plankton community that produces food for the entire marine food chain is changing. New research shows that a potentially toxic species of plankton algae that lives both by doing photosynthesis and absorbing food may become an important player in the Arctic Ocean as the future sea ice becomes thinner and…

2021.01.29 | Department of Biology

Strengthened focus on sustainability in Aarhus Harbor

New collaboration between Aarhus Harbor and the Department of Biology focus on the environmental sustainability and biodiversity in the marine waters around Aarhus. A main task will be to recreate habitats for fish and other aquatic organisms around the harbor and in Aarhus Bay.  Already, the collaboration includes the research vessel,…

2021.01.25 | Department of Biology

Jens-Christian Svenning receives the Annual grant from Villum Kann Rasmussen

Professor Jens-Christian Svenning receives the prestigious grant of DKK 5 m for his significant contribution to technical and scientific research. Sorry, there is no translation for this news-article.


Tue 09 Mar
14:00-16:00 | Online
Deep learning and computer vision will transform entomology
Seminar: Arctic Research Centre and Department of Bioscience
Tue 16 Mar
13:00-12:00 | Online
Trans-European online seminar on science-based policy advice in agriculture, food, climate and environment
European governments are facing critical decisions on agriculture, food, climate and environment. Science based policy advice is in high demand, but varies across Europe. The aim of the first trans-European seminar in this area is to facilitate exchange of experiences, challenges and best practices in how to provide Science based policy advice.
Tue 20 Apr
14:00-16:00 | Online
Arctic marine mammals in a post-Arctic world
AROS Biology Lecture