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FEZ members are actively involved in academic teaching and training of next-generation biologists.


The Journal Club:

The Courses:

ForBio graduate school:

Smithsonian workshop:

UiO:LifeScience - Summer projects:

Teaching & Training


The Journal Club:

FEZ runs a weekly journal club together with regular participation of interested members of the Evolution and Paleobiology (EPA) and the Sex and Evolution (SERG) research groups. The seminar is coordinated by Marianne Nilsen Haugen (FEZ). The journal club is held on Wednesdays 1 p.m. in the lunchroom of Colletts hus. Guests are always welcome.

The programme:

13. December 2023: Marvin Choquet (FEZ)

Gerdol et al. 2020. Massive gene presence-absence variation shapes an open pan-genome in the Mediterranean mussel. Genome Biology 21: 275.

06. December 2023: cancelled due to sickness


29. November 2023: cancelled due to sickness

22. November 2023: Anna Lotta Hillos (FEZ)

Brian 2023. Parasites in biodiversity conservation: friend or foe? Trends in Parasitology 39: 618-621.

15. November 2023: Mali Hamre Ramsfjell (EPA)

Robinsom et al. 2023. Intra-colony venom diversity contributes to maintaining eusociality in a cooperatively breeding ant. BMC Biology 21: 5.

08. November 2023: Alberto Valero Gracia (FEZ)

Nilsson 2021. The Diversity of Eyes and Vision. Annual Review of Vision Science 7:19-41.

01. November 2023: Torsten H. Struck  (FEZ)

Anderson et al. 2023. Fossilisation processes and our reading of animal antiquity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 38: 1060-1071.

25. October 2023: Sunniva Løviknes  (FEZ)

Fonseca et al. 2022. Metabarcoding the Antarctic Peninsula biodiversity using a multi-gene approach.  ISME COMMUN. 2: 37.

18. October 2023: Benedicte Garmann-Aarhus (SERG)

Lau et al. 2023. Genomic evidence for West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse during the Last Interglacial Period. bioRxiv.

11. October 2023: Pia Merete Eriksen (FEZ)

Schultz et al. 2023. Ancient gene linkages support ctenophores as sister to other animals. Nature.

04. October 2023: Vladimir Gusarov (FEZ)

Löbl et al. 2023. The Silent Extinction of Species and Taxonomists—An Appeal to Science Policymakers
and Legislators, Diversity 15: 1053.

27. September 2023: Carolann R. Schack (EPA)

Munroi et al. 2022. Evolution of Gene Expression across Species and Specialized Zooids in Siphonophor, Molecular Biology Evolution 39: msac027.

20. September 2023: Lutz Bachmann (FEZ)

D’Bastiani et al. 2023. Effect of Host-Switching on the Ecological and Evolutionary Patterns of Parasites, Systematic Biology 72: 912–924.

13. September 2023: Marion Thaureau (EPA)

Li et al. 2018. Microevolutionary processes impact macroevolutionary patterns. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18: 123,

30. August 2023: James G. Saulsbury (EPA)

Caetano & Quental 2023. How Important Is Budding Speciation for Comparative Studies? Systematic Biology,  syad050,

23. August 2023: Meghan Balk (EPA)

Farina et al. 2023. Dollo meets Bergmann: morphological evolution in secondary aquatic mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society. B.29020231099.


16. August 2023: general discussion

We will discuss various recent contributions to Nature Ecology and Evolution (2023) on Eponyms

- Guedes et al. Eponyms have no place in 21st-century biological nomenclature.

- Antonelli et al. People-inspired names remain valuable.

- Mabele et al. Disrupting the epistemic empire is necessary for a decolonial ecology.

- Jost. et al. Eponyms are important tools for biologists in the Global South.

- Roksandic et al. Change in biological nomenclature is overdue and possible.

- Orr et al. Inclusive and productive ways forward needed for species-naming conventions.

- Thiele. Some, but not all, eponyms should be disallowed.

09. August 2023: Marianne Nilsen Haugen (FEZ)

Balart-Garcia et al. 2023. Parallel and convergent genomic changes underlie independent subterranean colonization across beetles Nature Communications 14: 3842.

02. August 2023: Michael Matschiner (SERG)

Yamaguchi et al. 2022. The Phoenix hypothesis of speciation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289: 20221186.




28. June 2023: summer party

Shared journal club with the SERG group
21. June 2023: Beccy Cramer (SERG)

Rigal et al. 2023. Farmland practices are driving bird population decline across Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 120: e2216573120.

14. June 2023: James Fleming (FEZ)

David & Halanych 2023. Unsupervised Deep Learning Can Identify Protein Functional Groups from Unaligned Sequences. Genome Biology and Evolution 15: evad084.

07. June 2023: Fabrizia Nina Ronco (SERG)

Parey et al. 2023. Genome structures resolve the early diversification of teleost fishes. Science 379, 572–575.


31. May 2023: Mael A. Grosse (FEZ)

Dias & Sukumaran 2023. Are genomic indices effective alternatives to morphology based benthic indices in biomonitoring studies? Perspectives from a major harbour and marine protected area. Marine Pollution Bulletin 187: 114586.

24. May 2023: Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

Schultz et al. 2023. Ancient gene linkages support ctenophores as sister to other animals. Nature.

10. May 2023: Lutz Bachmann (FEZ)

Schrader & Schmitz. 2019. The impact of transposable elements in adaptive evolution. Molecular Ecology 28: 1537-1549.

03. May 2023: Mali Hamre Ramsfjell (EPA)

Nelsen et al. 2023. Macroecological diversification of ants is linked to angiosperm evolution. Evolution Letters 7: 79–87.

26. April 2023: Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

Davinack 2023. Can ChatGPT be leveraged for taxonomic investigations? Potential and limitations of a new technology. ZooTaxa 5270: 347–350.

19. April 2023: Alberto Valero Gracia (FEZ)

Budd & Mann. 2020. The dynamics of stem and crown groups. Science Advances 6, eaaz1626

12. April 2023: Marvin Choquet (FEZ)

Choo et al. 2023. Genome-wide phylogeography reveals cryptic speciation in the circumglobal planktonic calcifier Limacina bulimoides. Molecular Ecology.

!! HAPPY EASTER - the seminar will take a break !!

22. March 2023: Angelica Maria Cuevas Pulido (EPA)

Bergeron et al. 2023. Evolution of the germline mutation rate across vertebrates. Nature.

15. March 2023: James Fleming (FEZ)

Lara et al. 2023. Genome-Scale Analysis Reveals Extensive Diversification of Voltage-Gated K+ Channels in Stem Cnidarians. Genome Biology and Evolution 15.

08. March 2023: Carolann R. Schack (EPA)

Rhoda et al. 2023. Diversification of the ruminant skull along an evolutionary line of least resistance. Science Advances 9.


01. March 2023: Ana Capucho (FEZ)

Wood & Vanhove 2022. Is the world wormier than it used to be? We'll never know without natural history collections. Journal of Animal Ecology 92: 250-262.

22. February 2023: Kjetil Lysne Voje (EPA)

Stuart et al. 2020. Inferred genetic architecture underlying evolution in a fossil stickleback lineage. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4: 1549–1557.

15. February 2023: Liepa Adomaityte (FEZ)

de Andrade Silva et al. 2022. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) coupled with chemometric methods to identify and estimate taxonomic relationships of flies with forensic potential (Diptera: Calliphoridae and Sarcophagidae). Acta Tropica 235: 106672.

01. February 2023: Marianne Nilsen Haugen (FEZ)

Miller et al. 2023. The ecology and evolution of key innovations. TREE 38: 2.

25. January 2023: James G. Saulsbury (EPA)

Vermeija 2023. Evolutionary norm-breaking and extinction in the marine tropics PNAS 120: e2217880120

18. January 2023: Michael Matschiner (SERG)

Caron & Pie 2022. Arrested diversification? The phylogenetic distribution of poorly-diversifying lineages. NPJ Biodiversity 1: 5.

14. December 2022: group discussion

Cooper et al. 2015. Mark-Release-Recapture Reveals Extensive Movement of Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) within and between Apartments. PLoS ONE 1: e0136462.


07. December 2022: James Fleming (FEZ)

Giacomeli  et al. 2022. Resolving tricky nodes in the tree of life through amino acid recoding, iScience 25, 105594.

30. November 2022: Mali Hamre Ramsfjell (EPA)

Jarvis et al. 2022. Macroevolutionary patterns in marine hermaphroditism, Evolution.


23. November 2022: institutional cleaning day - no seminar

16. November 2022: Carolann R. Schack (EPA)

Griffith et al. 2022. Using functional traits to identify conservation priorities for the world's crocodylians, Functional Ecology: 1–13,


09. November 2022: Torsten Struck (FEZ)

Deline et al. 2020. Evolution and Development at the Origin of a Phylum, Current Biology 30: 1–8, j.cub.2020.02.054

02. November 2022: Rita M.Austin (FEZ)

Klunk et al. 2022. Evolution of immune genes is associated with the Black Death. Nature.

26. October 2022: Kjetil Lysne Voje (EPA)

McGlothlin et al. 2022. Conservation and Convergence of Genetic Architecture in the Adaptive Radiation of Anolis Lizards. The American Naturalist 200.

19. October 2022: Ana Capucho (FEZ)

Hughes et al. 2022. The homogenization of avian morphological and phylogenetic diversity under the global extinction crisis. Current Biology 32: 3830-3837.

12. October 2022: James Fleming (FEZ)

Kasperbauer 2017. Should We Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon? The Ethics of De-Extinction. Ethics, Policy & Environment 20: 1-14.

05. October 2022: Thore Koppetsch (SERG)

Sullivan et al. 2017. Human behaviour as a long-term ecological driver of non-human evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1-11.

28. September 2022: Alberto Valero Gracia (FEZ)

Schwander & Laimer 2011. Genes as leaders and followers in evolution. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 26: 143-151.

21. September 2022: Pia Merete Eriksen (FEZ)

Maroni et al. 2022. One Antarctic slug to confuse them all: the underestimated diversity of Doris kerguelenensisInvertebrate Systematics 36: 419–435

14. September 2022: Carolann R. Schack (EPA)

Kuntz et al. 2022. Inheritance of somatic mutations by animal offspring. Science Advances 8: eabn0707

07. September 2022: James G. Saulsbury (EPA)

Ballesteros et al. 2022. Comprehensive species sampling and sophisticated algorithmic approaches refute the monophyly of Arachnida. Molecular Biology and Evolution 39: msac021.

31. August 2022: Vladimir Gusarov (FEZ)

Novak 2018. De-Extinction Genes 9, 548.

24. August 2022: Lutz Bachmann (FEZ)

Lin al. 2022. Probing the genomic limits of de-extinction in the Christmas Island rat. Current Biology 32: 1650-1656.

17. August 2022: Rita M. Austin (FEZ)

Zhao al. 2022. Evaporative water loss of 1.42 million global lakes. Nature communications 13: 1-10. .

22. June 2022: Mali Hamre Ramsfjell (EPA)

Mathes et al. 2021. Deep-time climate legacies affect origination rates of marine genera. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118,  e2105769118.

15. June 2022: Lee Hsiang Liow (EPA)

Boroviec et al. 2022. Deep learning as a tool for ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

08. June 2022: Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

Wiemann et al. 2022. Fossil biomolecules reveal an avian metabolism in the ancestral dinosaur. Nature.


01. June 2022: James Fleming (FEZ)

Buček et al. 2022. Molecular phylogeny reveals the past transoceanic voyages of drywood termites (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 39, msac093.

25. May 2022: Kjetil Voje (EPA)

Coombs et al. 2022. The tempo of cetacean cranial evolution. Current Biology.

18. May 2022: Ana T. Capucho (FEZ)

Eisenhauer et al. 2019. Recognizing the quiet extinction of invertebrates. Nature communications 10: 1-3.

11. May 2022: Liepa Adomaityte (FEZ)

Kaufer et al. 2017. The evolution of trypanosomatid taxonomy. Parasites Vectors 10, 287.

04. May 2022: Alberto Valero Gracia (FEZ)

Moris et al. 2016. Transition states and cell fate decisions in epigenetic landscapes. Nature Reviews Genetics 17: 693-703.

27. April 2022: Connor Wilson (EPA)

Rohwer et al. 2022. Declining growth of natural history collections fails future generations. PLoS Biol 20(4): e3001613.

20. April 2022: Torsten Struck (FEZ)

Kumar, S. 2022. Embracing Green Computing in Molecular Phylogenetics. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 39(3), msac043.

06. April 2022: Michael Matschiner (SERG)

Fraisse et al. 2022. Introgression between highly divergent sea squirt genomes: an adaptive breakthrough? bioRxiv. :

30. March 2022: Lutz Bachmann (FEZ)

Dolby et al. 2022. Integrating Earth–life systems: a geogenomic approach. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 37.


23. March 2022: James G. Saulsbury (EPA)
Kapli et al. 2021. Lack of support for Deuterostomia prompts reinterpretation of the first Bilateria. Science Advances 7: eabe2741.

16. March 2022: Rita M. Austin (FEZ)

Jensen et al.  2022. Ancient and historical DNA in conservation policy. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.


09. March 2022: Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

Simakov et al. 2022 Deeply conserved synteny and the evolution of metazoan chromosomes. Science Advances 8: eabi5884


23. February 2022: Mali Hamre Ramsfjell (EPA)

Renzi et al. 2022. The role of predators in coral disease dynamics. Coral Reefs.

16. February 2022: James Fleming (FEZ)

Pates et al. 2021. New opabiniid diversifies the weirdest wonders of the euarthropod stem group. group.  Proc. R. Soc. B 289: 20212093.

09. February 2022: Vladimir Gusarov (FEZ)

Mastrantonio et al. 2019. Paternal leakage and mtDNA heteroplasmy in Rhipicephalus spp. ticks. Scientific Reports 9: 1460.

02. February 2022: Ana T. Capucho (FEZ)

Faria et al. 2021. Speciation in marine environments: Diving under the surface. J Evol Biol. 34:4–15.

26. January 2022: Thore Koppetsch (SERG)

Dufresnes et al. 2021. Mass of genes rather than master genes underlie the genomic architecture of amphibian speciation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118.

19. January 2022: Kjetil Lysne Voje (EPA)

Smith et al. 2020. Phylogenetics is the New Genetics (for Most of Biodiversity). Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 415-425.


12. January 2022: Marianne Nilsen Haugen (FEZ)

Anurag et al. 2021. The evolution of coevolution in the study of species interactions. Evolution 75: 1594–1606.

The Courses

Master/PhD Courses at University of Oslo:

BIOS4215 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Animal Kingdom

The animal kingdom provides by far the largest proportion to Earth's biodiversity and they have occupied all habitats on Earth including other organisms. In this subject, we will present the recent knowledge across different animal groups concerning the evolution of their diversity and adaptive solutions to similar ecological challenges in different groups. The evolution of these traits will be set concerning the recent understanding of the animal phylogeny, and taxonomy. In this subject, special emphasis will be put on groups, which are requested by the participating students, as well as on collection-based work as it is conducted at a Natural History Museum. Hence, the subject will also comprise classes about career opportunities as collection management or exhibition development.


Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

Lutz Bachmann (FEZ)

Vladimir Gusarov (FEZ)

James Fleming (FEZ)

Alberto Valero-Gracia (FEZ)

Ana T. Capucho (FEZ)

Kjetil Lysne Voje (EPA)

Emanuela Di Martino (EPA)

Arild Johnsen (SERG)

Emma Whittington (SERG)

Michael Matschiner (SERG)

Thore Koppetsch (SERG)

Ann Helen Rønning (SKF)

Anne Birkeland (UTAD)

BIOS5114/BIOS9114 – Molecular Evolution

The course deals with the principles for evolution of DNA and gene products as well as the use of genetic data in evolutionary studies of organisms. It includes a theoretical introduction to important evolutionary processes in the eukaryotic genome and genome components. In addition the course has a practical component with teaching of molecular techniques, bioinfomatics and evolutionary bio-statistics.

Lutz Bachmann (FEZ)

Marianne Nilsen Haugen (FEZ)

Glenn Peter Sætre (IBV)

BIOS5214/BIOS9214 – Biogeography and Biodiversity

This course concerns the geographical distributions of taxa and populations on global and regional scales and the processes that have given rise to these.


Vladimir Gusarov (FEZ)


ForBio graduate school course:


Advances in high-throughput sequencing and genomics have revolutionized research in evolutionary biology and systematics. The use of genomics data in phylogenetic analyzes has brought new challenges in terms of data handling and analysis. This course aims to help those who have basic experience in bioinformatics and molecular phylogenetics, and have projects focused on high-throughput sequencing data and phylogenetics, to become acquainted with tools, programs and pipelines for phylogenomics and want to conduct phylogenomic studies beyond the standard, also addressing potentially confunding biases in their datasets.


Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

James Fleming (FEZ)

Michael Matschiner (SERG)


Smithsonian Workshop:

Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) Meiofauna Diversity and Taxonomy Workshop

The term "meiofauna" refers to tiny animals capable of passing through a ~0.5-mm mesh. Many meiofaunal animals are interstitial, meaning they burrow in marine sediments. Several entire phyla (such as kinorhynchs, gastrotrichs, and gnathostomulids), major clades of other invertebrate phyla (especially arthropods, nematodes, annelids and flatworms), and miniaturized representatives of most other animal phyla are meiofaunal. Meiofaunal animals have been estimated to account for half of the biodiversity in complex biotopes such as coral reefs, with most of it associated with sediments. While the great phylum- and class- level diversity of meiofauna is well-known, the species-level diversity remains largely unexplored and undocumented. By some estimates, the number of species of meiofaunal nematodes alone that waiting to be formally named dwarfs the number of already described meiofaunal species by two orders of magnitude. Morphological studies of meiofauna have led to groundbreaking insights about their evolution, adaptation, and functional biology (e.g., adhesive and sensory structures), as well as fundamental insights into the evolution of the major animal groups in the tree of life. More recently, advances in molecular biology ranging from DNA barcoding to metabarcoding to whole-genome sequencing have accelerated the pace of the study of all aspects of the biology of meiofauna.


Rick Hochberg (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Oleksandr Holovachov (Swedish Museum of Natural History)

Ulf Jondelius (Swedish Museum of Natural History)
Kevin Kocot (University of Alabama Tuscaloosa)
Francesca Leasi (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Ashleigh Smythe (Virginia Military Institute)

Torsten H. Struck (FEZ)

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UiO:Life Science Summer Projects:

UiO:Life Science has funded for several years summer projects for students interested in doing a project based six weeks hands-on training. FEZ members have offered several opportunities in the context of the programme.


In 2022 FEZ offers:

Assessing biodiversity in the marine algae belt in the Norwegian Seas (for two students)

This summer project will contribute to the ArtsDatabanken project “Assessing biodiversity in the marine algae belt”. The students will participate in the two field trips planned for this year. The first one will be to Austevoll, close to Bergen, and the other one to Tromsø. There, we will collect specimens from kelp forests, seagrass meadow and patches of red algae by snorkeling. In the lab, these specimens will be identified at least to the family level of the targeted groups (Tunicata, Nemertea, Kamptozoa, Caprellidae, Spionidae and Serpulidae).

The project is supervised by: Ana Teresa Capucho, Torsten H. Struck

Summer students on the project: Pia Merete Eriksen, Tengel Hvidsten Tjersland

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