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Dorte Krause Jensen - Photo from Pure

2021.04.09 | Department of Bioscience, Public / media, Staff

23 researchers from Aarhus University chosen for new AIAS fellowship – among them is one of our own professors

In relation to a new AIAS fellowship called ”The AIAS Associate programme” 23 researchers from Aarhus University will be welcomed from April 1. One of them is Professor Dorte Krause Jensen from Marine Ecology.

Porpoise mother with her calf. Photo: Jeppe Balle Dalgaard.
The study site with the oil and gas platform Dan-F in the Danish sector of the central North Sea. To the right a small service vessel and a yellow buoy with autonomous acoustic recorders placed at the seabed, listening for harbour porpoises for two years. Photo: Jeppe Balle Dalgaard.

2021.03.17 | Department of Bioscience, Staff, Public / media

Harbour porpoises attracted to oil platforms when searching for food

A large gathering of fish tempts harbour porpoises to search for food around oil and gas platforms, even though the noise from these industrial plants normally to scare the whales away. Decommissioned platforms may therefore serve as artificial reefs in the North Sea.

Narwhals with their characteristic spiralled tusks in dense pack ice. Photo: ©Paul Nicklen / paulnicklen.com
Cut-through narwhal tusk displaying the individual year rings. Analyses of the individual layers of narwhal tusks have provided information about their food choice and their exposure to mercury throughout their life. Photo: Rune Dietz.

2021.03.10 | Department of Bioscience, Staff, Public / media

The narwhal’s tusk reveals its past living conditions

Every year, a new growth layer is added to the narwhal’s spiralled tusk. The individual layers act as an archive of data that reveals what and where the animal has eaten, providing a glimpse of how the ice and environmental conditions have changed over its long life span (up to 50 years).

Spring arrives earlier and earlier in North-East Greenland and alters the interplay among plants and insects. (Photo: Toke T. Høye)

2021.01.18 | Department of Bioscience, Staff, Public / media

No insect crisis in the Arctic - yet

Climate change is more pronounced in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet, raising concerns about the ability of wildlife to cope with the new conditions. A new study shows that rare insects are declining, suggesting that climatic changes may favour common species.

Insect monitoring cameras in a remote area in East Greenland (photo credit: Toke T. Høye)

2021.01.14 | Department of Bioscience, Staff, Public / media

Artificial intelligence puts focus on the life of insects

Scientists are combining artificial intelligence and advanced computer technology with biological know how to identify insects with supernatural speed. This opens up new possibilities for describing unknown species and for tracking the life of insects across Space and time.

2020.12.16 | Department of Bioscience, Staff, Public / media


The European Commission has awarded a Horizon 2020 grant of €6.9 million to a consortium led by the University of Vic (Spain) to develop methods for maximising the use of ponds in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Photo: Thomas Simonsen ©

2020.05.15 | Department of Bioscience, Public / media, Staff

Climate change affects the phenology of Danish hoverflies

New study uses museum collections and citizen-science observations to document how climate change affects the phenology of Danish hoverflies.

2020.05.15 | Department of Bioscience, Public / media, Staff


5th International Interdisciplinary Conference on LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY: Agriculture and the Environment

2020.05.06 | Department of Biology, Alumner, Department of Bioscience

‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut

Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research by an international team of scientists with participation from Aarhus University published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. The…

2020.05.01 | Department of Biology, Department of Bioscience, Public / media

AU-professor i eksklusivt selskab: Verdenskendt akademi vil have Bo Barker Jørgensen

Professor Bo Barker Jørgensen fra Aarhus Universitet bliver medlem af verdens mest ansete videnskabelige akademi, det amerikanske National Academy of Sciences. Akademiet inviterer forskere med markante resultater, og det er en helt enestående anerkendelse at være blandt de inviterede.

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Tue 20 Apr
14:00-16:00 | Online
Arctic marine mammals in a post-Arctic world
AROS Biology Lecture
Mon 26 Apr
16:00-17:00 | Online
Reinventing conservation for a post-normal world
Biochange seminar series