Ecology Division

The Ecology research division has four research units with advanced knowledge of the basic functioning of the high latitude ecosystems, on land, in the fjords and in oceanic waters.

About

The multidisciplinary research of our group has an emphasis on new technology to enhance the understanding of ecosystem responses to environmental changes.

The common theme is to relate traditional ecological observations to genetics at the molecular level.

Topics of interest include climate and anthropogenic impacts, for example of exploitation strategies, on the genetic development and population dynamics in terrestrial and marine organisms. 

Organisms studied include various birds and terrestrial mammals, vascular plants, mosses and lichens, marine fish and benthic species, zooplankton and seagrass and other key species in terrestrial and marine habitats. Food web and other inter-relationships between these species are of interest. 

The group provides insights into key biological processes, distribution dynamics of species and habitats, as well as anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity in coastal zones and terrestrial ecosystems.


Research Units

Selected Research Projects 

GEANS - Genetic tools for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region

The quality of the seafloor habitat is an important barometer for marine ecosystem health. In order to accurately measure the quality, GEANS will mainstream implementation of fast, accurate and cost-effective DNA-based assessments. This will enable national authorities to improve the management of human activities and protection of the marine environment across the North Sea Region in a transnational coherent way. GEANS will conduct pilot studies concerning environmental impact assessments (renewable energy, aquaculture and sand extraction and suppletion), and concerning monitoring in relation to European directives (non-indigenous species and hard substrates). These pilots will be conducted in close cooperation with stakeholders.

GEANS is a European research project (the Interreg North Sea Project GEANS), coordinated by Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO). Scientists from all North Sea countries participate.

PROJECT CONTACT







Team

Scientific staff

​Name 
Position​​Location
Henning Reiss (Head of Division
Assoc. Professor​​Bodø
Galice Hoarau
​Professor
​Bodø
Leslie Robert Noble
Professor
Bodø
Jan Eivind Østnes
Assoc. Professor​
​Steinkjer
Amy Elizabeth Eycott
Assoc. Professor​
Steinkjer
Bjørn Roar Hagen
Lecturer
Steinkjer
Håkon Holien
Assoc. Professor​
Steinkjer
Ingvild Buran Kroglund
Lecturer
Steinkjer
Ole Jakob Sørensen
​Professor
Steinkjer
Sam Steyaert
Assoc. Professor​
Steinkjer
Stig Tronstad
Lecturer
Steinkjer
Torgrim Sund
Lecturer
Steinkjer
Pål Fossland Moa
Senior lecturer
Steinkjer
Rolf Terje Kroglund
Senior lecturer
Steinkjer
Vigdis Tverberg
Assoc. Professor​
Bodø
Marc Costello
Professor
Bodø
​Ole Anders Nøst
Adjunct Professor

Researchers and postdocs

​Name
​Position
​Location
Alexander Jüterbock
​Researcher
​Bodø
​Arunima Sen
​Postdoctor
​Bodø
​Marvin Choquet
​Postdoctor
​Bodø
Kanchana Bandara
​Postdoctor
​Bodø

Technicians

​Name
​Position
​Location
Morten Krogstad
​Head engineer
​Bodø

PhD-students

​Name
​Location
Aurelien Nicolas Delaval
​Bodø
​Clara Isabel Wagner
Bodø
Mads Schultz
Bodø
Mathieu Tachon
Bodø
Michael Streicher
Bodø
Valentin Kokarev
Bodø
​Eric Jorda Molina
Bodø
Mie Prik Arnberg
​Steinkjer