Prof Jørgen Berge
Jørgen Berge is a professor in marine ecology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway since 2012. He also holds an adjunct professor position at The University Centre in Svalbard and from 2018 at the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOIS) at NTNU. His research focuses on Arctic marine ecosystems, with a special focus on pelagic processes and how light regulate biological activity throughout all seasons. He is currently operation marine observatories in two fjords on Svalbard (since 2002) and developing new ice-tethered platforms for bio-physical monitoring of ice covered waters.
Bodil Bluhm is a professor in marine ecology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and Affiliate Faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research deals with the structure and function of Arctic marine benthic and sea ice communities in relation to environmental forcing. She is particularly interested in biodiversity, food webs, cryo-benthic-pelagic coupling, and aspects of invertebrate life cycles at regional and pan-Arctic levels. Since 1995, her field work has taken her to Amerasian and Eurasian Arctic shelves, Svalbard and Canadian Arctic Archipelagos and the Canada Basin.
Prof Rolf Gradinger
Rolf Gradinger is a professor in marine ecology at UiT since 2016. His research focuses on Arctic sea ice and phytoplankton primary productivity, algal diversity, vertical flux and microbial networks, and Arctic marine ecosystems in general. He is a field going researcher participating in Arctic expeditions since 1984. He had been involved in the Bering Sea Ecosystems Study and the Shelf Basin exchange programs during his tenure at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He teaches marine ecology and botany courses.
Marit Reigstad is a professor in marine ecology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests include productivity, plankton and their fate in marine ecosystems, with a special interest for how vertical flux is regulated by both biological communities as well as physical and biological processes. Reigstad has since 2000 been working in ice-impacted areas including the Barents Sea, the shelf and slope west and north of Svalbard and the East Greenland shelf. She is currently leading the national research project The Nansen Legacy, a large multidisciplinary research project with focus on the northern Barents Sea and adjacent areas.
Paul Wassmann is a professor in marine ecology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. His research deals with the structure and function of Arctic marine ecosystems, vertical flux regulation in relation to environmental forcing and pelagic-benthic coupling. He is also interested in physical-biological coupled hindcast and forecast models. He has particularly engaged himself in activities to support endevours that promote pan-Arctic marine ecosystem integration. Since 1984 his Arctic field work has mainly focussed on the Barents Sea, Fram Straight and the slopes of the northern Svalbard shelf.
Personal website: http://www.sams.ac.uk/finlo-cottier
Stig Falk-Petersen is a research scientist at Akvaplan-niva and Professor II at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He is a high profiled polar scientist with a long record of successful studies in marine research covering marine ecology, physical oceanography, lipid chemistry and effects of climate change on marine systems. This work has resulted in a high number of publications from Polar Regions such as northern coast of Norway, Antarctica, Svalbard waters, the Arctic Ocean and Canadian Arctic.
Published 145 papers (~ 45 last 5 years).
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Haakon Hop is a senior research scientist at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, and Professor II at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Arctic SIZE. His research focuses on broader aspects of Arctic marine ecology with emphasis on pelagic (zooplankton), sympagic (ice-associated) and hard-bottom fauna, and Arctic fishes, such as polar cod (Boreogadus saida). He has worked on marine ecosystem structure (stable isotopes), energy flow (lipids), and bioaccumulation of pollutants in Arctic marine food webs. Much work involves integration of physical and biological data from multidisciplinary research carried out in the Arctic Ocean, the Marginal Ice Zone and Svalbard fjords. He applies scientific diving to collect samples from below sea ice and in fjords, and he currenlty leads Norwegian Scientific Divers (NSD).
Randi Ingvaldsen is a senior scientist at Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, and Professor II at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Arctic SIZE. She is a physical oceanographer with a broad research interests in physical oceanography and ecology. Her focus area is the Barents Sea and the region west and north of Svalbard, and she is working with oceanography and climate variability, as well as on climate impact on zooplankton, fish, shrimp, benthos, and the overall Barents Sea ecosystem. Ingvaldsen is currently leading a IMR strategic initiative “The Arctic Ocean Ecosystem (SI_ARCTIC)” where overall objective is to develop a knowledgebase on the state and variability of the present and future ecosystem in the area north of Svalbard.
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 T. Hassett
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.
Raphaelle is a PhD student at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway studying benthic ecology in the seasonal ice zone. She is interested in biodiversity and its relationship to environmental conditions in high-latitude ecosystems, especially in the context of widespread environmental changes. She loves spending time in and on the water, the colder the better! She has previously studied marine invertebrates in Canada and Alaska, often focusing on the larval stages. Raphaelle also enjoys sharing her passion for the oceans with audiences of all ages and backgrounds through outreach and education activities.
Ulrike is a PhD student at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway since 2017, studying sea ice ecology in the seasonal ice zone. She is interested in the interaction of microorganisms with their environment and their importance for higher trophic levels, especially in the scenario of extended periods of no ice. She enjoys spending endless hours in the field and lab. Previously, she has studied gel particles within Arctic sea ice and their bacterial colonization. Her research has taken her north of Svalbard, the Fram Strait and Kongsfjorden.
Christine is a PhD student in arctic and marine biology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. She has a B.Sc. from McGill University in Canada, where she worked in a behavioural ecology lab, and received a M.Sc. from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway where she studied vertical carbon export during bloom events under sea ice north of Svalbard. Christine’s research interests focus around pelagic-benthic coupling, and in understanding how vertical export of organic material varies around the seasonal sea ice zone, especially with regard to climate change. She hopes to gain further insight into the composition of sinking material and the associated grazing activity by key zooplankton species.
Tobias Reiner Vonnahme
Tobias R. Vonnahme is a PhD candidate at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway since 2017. His research interests are the structure, fluxes and controls in microbial food webs in sea ice ecosystems and deep-sea sediments. He focuses on biogeochemical cycles and microbial community structures and functions. He has a background in bioinformatics, modeling, and microbial ecology. He has been working on Svalbard fjords and glaciers and the central Arctic Ocean on sea ice and glacier ecosystems since 2014.