Swedish Museum of Natural History


Original name(s)

  • Naturhistoriska riksmuseet (sv - Swedish)
Institution Address

Frescativägen 40
11418  Stockholm
SE - Sweden

Type of organisation

Institution Address

Frescativägen 40
11418 Stockholm
SE - Sweden

Museum (State)

Director Representative

Joakim Malmström


Structure Chart

Governing & Executive bodies

The museum is a governmental agency

Staff fields

scientific staff collections non permanent: 13.0.scientific staff collections permanent: 55.0.scientific staff non permanent: 10.0.scientific staff permanent: 64.0.scientific staff post doc non permanent: 16.0.staff administrative permanent: 30.0.staff collection managers technicians non permanent: 1.0.staff collection managers technicians permanent: 15.0.staff exhibitions non permanent: 6.0.staff exhibitions permanent: 23.0;staff total: 247.0;staff year of reference: 2018

Membership fields

Full member

General Description

The Changing Earth

Traces of the point of onset of life on earth are investigated applying high-resolution isotopic micro-analyses techniques on the best preserved early-Archean rocks in West Greenland. The emergence and establishment of multicellular life in the context of global climatic and atmospherical evolution are explored using integrated geochemical and palaeontological approaches. NRM scientists also investigate the development of the Fennoscandian bedrock and petrogenesis of sulphide and iron ores, flow of elements between different reservoirs of the Earth, the occurrence of major water repositories in Earth’s mantle, and the mineral chemistry at the atomic level. The sources and fate of key trace elements in the marine environment are investigated using improved techniques for the determination of long-lived radioisotopes in low concentrations. Research at the museum’s laboratory for ancient DNA includes studies of the variation in the abundance and distribution of animals in relation to climatic periods and glaciations/interglacials.

Link: Research page

Ecosystems and Species History

Research is directed at understanding events in evolutionary time through analysis of ancient faunas and floras and their changes in space and time. Focal points are the origin and early evolution of animals, the phylogenetic diversification and ecological radiation of flowering plants and seed plants, and the evolution of modern mammals. Diets of animals, for example marine mammals, are studied by DNA analysis and microscopic examination of gut and/or faeces contents.

The Diversity of Life

This research addresses organismal relationships at all levels, the evolution of morphological and other traits and phylogeography, as well as the survey, analyses and description of biodiversity at a global level at organismal as well as genetic levels. NRMs scientists thus contribute directly with critical knowledge to the preservation and management of the world’s natural capital, its biological diversity (EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, An international expert panel recently assessed NRM’s biodiversity research and its scientific relevance as outstanding. The research also benefits from the presence of a world-leading authority in phylogenetic methods.

Man and the Environment

NRM leads and participates in national and international monitoring programmes that study environmental contaminants and their effects in terrestrial and marine environments. These studies on levels of environmental contaminants in wildlife cover of the longest time-spans in the world. So do the associated time-series of frozen tissues in the continuously and actively developed Environmental Specimen Bank. The effects of exposure to pollutants on the reproductive and endocrine systems in large marine mammals and links with potential population levels are analysed. Other topics dealt with under this theme concern, bird migration, pollen allergenes and biochemical and geochemical processes of organic substances in the environment. Expertise and collections supporting the research under this theme are unique in Europe.

Annual Reports (Swedish)

Research Fields

  • Early Metazoans
  • brittle stars/Ophiuroidea
  • Acoela, Nemertodermatida, Rhabditophora
  • Fish, Cichlids
  • Birds
  • Molluscs
  • Insects, Trichoptera, Water Beetles
  • Carnivorous mammals
  • Seed plants, high latitude floras, Asterales, Ericales
  • Pleurocarpous mosses, emphasis on arctic & temperate taxa
  • Lichenized fungi, Arthoniales
  • Ascomycetes, Pezizomycetes
  • Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic floras

Research Initiative

On-line outreach activitie : : ['Online teaching resources:']
other outreach activitie : : ['Several educational themes and tools in exhibitions.\n\nFurther, see Communication and outreach.']
Non academic trainings : : ['Special programs and guiding for schools and training for teachers. A pedagogics team.']
Academic trainings : : ['Formal affiliation with Stockhom university for courses in systematics and taxonomy, as well as supervision of post-graduate students. Additional teaching at various national and international universities.', 'Formal affiliation with Stockhom university for courses in systematics and taxonomy, as well as supervision of post-graduate students. Additional teaching at various national and international universities.']
General description : : ['FP7 Marie Curie initial Training Network']


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