MSc Salvatore Cotronei is a marine biologist, he was born in Crotone (Italy) and has just finished a postgraduated 2nd level master course in “Coastal Marine Ecosystem quality assessment, management and conservation” at the University of Siena focusing attention on vary aspects of marine ecotoxicology in particular on the study of the effect of POPs on marine organisms and study of microplastics and their effect such as endocrine disruptors. He graduated from the University of Catania in Marine Biology with a thesis on the systematic and ecology of polychaetes that live in the Strait of Messina (Sicily). He has always been fond of Arctic marine ecosystems and everything related to the biology and ecology of polar enviroments and the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Jasmine Nahrgang made him the happiest man in the world.
Olympe Delmas is an ecology student studying ecosystems functioning at the University of Angers (France). She came in Tromsø to do an internship for her third year of Bachelor degree at the University of Bordeaux. Her work in the ecotoxicology group of the University of Tromsø dealed with the ecology and bioenergetics of polar cod (Boreogadus saida), in relation to its life cycle strategies. During her stay, she carried out quantitive biochemical analyses (lipid, carbohydrate and protein quantifications) in the laboratory. Having an interest for scientific research, this internship confirmed her wish to continue her studies in ecological research.