Biology Education Centre

NABiS – Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics

Biodiversity and Systematics concerns the multitude of organisms living on our planet and the evolutionary relationships among them. Far from all existing organisms have been discovered and described, and among those organisms science knows of, classification is still ambiguous. With molecular tools and morphological and anatomical observations, new species are continuously being identified and their relationship to other organisms is being disentangled. Molecular data also give science an opportunity to get answers to fundamental questions about evolution.

In this programme, students are trained to gain the systematic and taxonomic expertise needed in our society to be able to take action against loss of biodiversity.

Information about the specialisation

Biodiversity and Systematics concerns the multitude of organisms living on our planet and the evolutionary relationships among them. Far from all existing organisms have been discovered and described, and among those organisms science knows of, classification is still ambiguous. With molecular tools and morphological and anatomical observations, new species are continuously being identified and their relationship to other organisms is being disentangled. Molecular data also give science an opportunity to get answers to fundamental questions about evolution. In this programme, students are trained to gain the systematic and taxonomic expertise needed in our society to be able to take action against loss of biodiversity.

This programme is directed to students who are interested in a career as Nature conservation manager (public administrator or private consultant), Officer at government agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, Swedish biodiversity Centre, etc) or non-governmental organizations (World Wildlife Foundation, Nature Conservation Organizations, etc), manager of biodiversity infrastructures (GBIF etc.) or want to pursue an academic career as Museum curator or university researcher.

This specialisation is a collaboration among universities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Each university offers courses for organisms where it has specialist competence. Combining courses (largely web based) at different universities leads to a top quality master in systematics. Collaboration partners:

The University of Gothenburg, Sweden
The University of Bergen, Norway
The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The University of Lund, Sweden
The University of Oslo, Norway
The University of Stockholm, Sweden
The University of Tromsø, Norway
The University of Uppsala, Sweden
The University of Århus, Denmark

Visit the NABiS joint web site for more information