Elizaveta is a post-doctoral fellow at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Her main area of expertise is zooplankton, and her research interests include both broad marine community ecology of polar regions with connection to physical processes and climatic forcing, and functional biology and ecology of individual species forming these communities. These include life history adaptations to high-latitude environments, trophic ecology and food webs in pelagic ecosystems, and reproductive biology. Prior to coming to UiT, Elizaveta has worked jointly in Alaska and Russia, where her main work focused on zooplankton communities of the Chukchi Sea. In addition to the Chukchi region, her field work has taken her to the White Sea, Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Beaufort Sea, the Eurasian shelf seas, and the Central Arctic Ocean.
Brandon Hassett is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tromsø. Dr. Hassett received his PhD in marine biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016, his M.Sc. in plant pathology from Texas A&M University in 2012, and his B.Sc. from La Roche College in 2007. Dr. Hassett is a microbial ecologist, specializing in plant-microbe interactions and sea ice ecology with research intersts in protist diversity, biogeochemical cycling, and microbial metabolism. Brandon has worked primarily in the Pacific-Arctic sector, completing numerous field campaigns in Barrow, Alaska and the Bering Sea. During his tenure at UAF, Brandon worked as an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Microbiology.