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DK-TAF consists of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, the Danish national museum of natural history. The Museum dates back to the 1600s and holds a Botanical Garden and the largest museum collection in Denmark. It is part of the University of Copenhagen, founded in 1471. The Museum has a national responsibility for research, teaching, exhibitions, public engagement, and preservation of the collections. A large new museum building with collection facilities, laboratories, and all new permanent galleries is under construction. The central location in the Danish capital makes it easy access from all destinations. 

DK-TAF research highlights

DK-TAF User research highlights include:

  • Avian genomics - the collaborative Bird 10,000 Genomes (B10K) project is generating draft genome sequences for all bird species
  • Protostome body plan evolution - convergent evolution of segmentation in kinorhynch microinvertebrates
  • Taxonomy and systematics of meiofaunal organisms – the museum is epicentre for taxonomic research on several meiofaunal groups, inclusive Tardigrada, Kinorhyncha and Loricifera
  • Phylogeny and reclassification of Staphylininae rove beetles - one of the largest terrestrial animal radiations
  • Using spiders as model organisms for developing rapid species richness assessment protocols for megadiverse taxa in megadiverse habitats
  • Spider phylogeny - first comprehensive molecular phylogeny of the order Araneae (spiders), including more than 900 species from 700 genera representing 114 of the 115 known spider families
  • Hymenoptera research - first biogeographic and evolutionary scenario for the Argidae, a large family of basal wasps, based on a comprehensive combined data set
  • Diptera phylogeny - first ever scientific definition of the group we call blow flies based on molecular data from more than 2000 genes
  • Myriapod taxonomy - sixty new species of millipedes from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, described
  • Developing a national biodiversity portal for reporting, mapping and show casing species occurrences, population trends and conservation status for researchers, governmental agencies, municipalities and the broader public
  • Utility of vertebrate environmental DNA from seawater in biomonitoring of marine habitats
  • Evolution, diversity and toxinology of phytoplankton and the interaction with environmental stressors
  • Interdisciplinary investigations on the evolution and extinction of archaic hominins in island of SE Asia
  • Global biostratigraphic correlation of the Cambrian–Ordovician boundary
  • Investigations on the earliest-known (Triassic) mammaliaform fossil from Greenland
  • Understanding the evolutionary dynamics of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event


TAF Contact

Coordinator: Martin Vinter Sørensen,

Administrator: Louise Isager Ahl,