Research at the Department of Zoology covers various aspects of the early development of animals that took place hundreds of millions of years ago, to ongoing evolutionary processes among individuals in present populations.
A common denominator is our biodiversity and how this biodiversity changes over time. Our possibilities to creating world leading research on animals is high, and at the Swedish Museum of Natural History we have a long tradition in taking care of this potential, resulting in research output of high international level. Based on the material present in the museum holdings, many species are every year described as new to science, which has tradition since Linnaeus, and represents an important part of our research.
Our research involves many different animal organism groups, geographical areas as well as different geological ages. For this, we are increasingly applying the study of DNA as source of information and data in our analyzes but facts about animal morphology and distribution are also still important pieces of information. Every year, our departmental staff explores biodiversity through expeditions to different parts of the world. Material from these expeditions are carefully collected for being used directly in ongoing research but also stored at the museum for future research.
250 million years of evolution: the history and diversity of modern brittle stars
Biogeography and interrelationships of cichlids with emphasis on genera Australoheros, Crenicichla and Geophagus
Patterns of morphological character evolution: an annelid perspective
Taxonomy and systematics of family Braconidae
Reconstucting historical vertebrate collections.
Description and analyses of the global diversity of caddisflies
Biodiversity and phylogeny i Swedish Gastrotricha
A platform for fish and fisheries research and education
Swedish sawflies in the group Nematinae (Tenthredinidae)
Biogeographic history of tits and chickadees
Taxonomy of Empidoidea- a species-rich superfamily within the flies
Diversity and Systematics of Swedish nematodes
Evolution of Xenacoelomorpha
Feeding ecology of rodents, tritylodontids and sloths
Analysis in extinct muroid rodents, and toothed Xenarthra.
Genetic characterization using DNA barcodes