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Claudia Halsband

Senior scientist Akvaplan-nivaArctic R&D
Work address Akvaplan-niva AS Fram Centre Tromsø 9296 Norway Work Phone: +47 77 75 03 47
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Research interests:

  • Plankton biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Marine food web structure
  • Impacts of environmental change (ocean acidification and microplastics).

Running national and international projects:

  • 2014-16 Fram Centre (Norway), Flagship Contaminants, “Microplastics in Arctic Marine Food chains”, national collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the Norwegian Polar Institute and Tromsø Kommune.
  • 2012-15 Fram Centre (Norway), Ocean Acidification Flagship, “Effects of ocean acidification and food level on vital stages of Arctic zooplankton species”, collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), and the Institute for Marine Research (IMR).
  • 2013-16 Norwegian Research Council, Havet & Kysten program, “Microplastics impacts in marine ecosystems – MIME” international collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research; the University of Oslo, CEFAS (UK), the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and DELTARES (the Netherlands).
  • 2013-15 Fram Centre (Norway), Fjord & Coast Flagship, “Pelagic ecosystems in ice-covered and ice-free fjords under climate change”, national collaboration with the University of Tromsø and the University Centre in Svalbard.
  • 2012-16 ConocoPhillips & Lundin Norway Northern Area Research Program, “Impact of the variability in the Norwegian and Barents Sea Calanus complex on ecosystems and commercial fish stocks”. International collaboration with Norwegian Polar Institute, UNIS, NO & HAFRO, IS.

PhD supervisor:

  • 2013-2017 Microplastics impacts on Marine Environments. Inger Lise Nerland, University of Oslo, NO.
  • 2013-2016 Ocean acidification impacts on Calanus glacialis. Allison Bailey, University of Tromsø, NO.
  • 2013-2016 Variations in Calanus spp. abundance and phenology in the high North. Marina Chelak, University of Nordland, NO.

MSc supervisor:

  • 2015 Ingestion of microplastics by arctic zooplankton: the role of palatability. Renske Vroom, Wageningen University, NL.

Completed national and international projects:

  • 2015 NFR Havet & Kysten & Fram Centre (incentive funds). Workshop on microplastics. 27-28 May 2015, CEES Oslo.
  • 2010-2014 The impact of microplastics and nanoparticles at the base of the marine food web: response of reproduction and development in calanoid copepods. PhD Matthew Cole (Plymouth Marine Laboratory & University of Exeter, UK). UK NERC grant no. NE/I528034.
  • 2010-12 STATOIL (Norway), “Plankton time series in the Barents Sea”, international collaboration with the Knipovich Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO), Murmansk, Russia.
  • 2009-2013  Arctic and sub-arctic Pseudocalanus phylogeography and ecology. Collaboration with the University of Tromsø.

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Cole, M., Lindeque, P.K.; Fileman, E.S., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. (2015). The Impact of Polystyrene Microplastics on Feeding, Function and Fecundity in the Marine Copepod Calanus helgolandicus. Environmental Science & Technology 49(2), 1130-1137
  2. Orlova, E.L., Dolgov, A.V., Renaud, P.E., Greenacre, M., Halsband, C., Ivshin, V. (2015). Climatic and ecological drivers of euphausiid community structure vary spatially in the Barents Sea: relationships from a long time series (1952-2009). Frontiers in Marine Science,
  3. Aarbakke, O.N.S., Bucklin, A., Halsband, C., Norrbin, M.F. (2014). Comparative phylogeography and demographic history of five sibling species of Pseudocalanus (Copepoda: Calanoida) in the North Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 461, 479-488
  4. Fileman E.S, Harmer,R., Lindeque P.K., Halsband C., Atkinson A. (2014). Feeding rates and selectivity of decapod larvae in the Western English Channel. Marine Biology 161(11), 2479-2494
  5. Cole, M., Webb, H., Lindeque, P.K., Fileman, E.S., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. (2014). Isolation of microplastics in biota-rich seawater samples and marine organisms. Nature Scientific Reports 4, 4528
  6. Mitra, A., Jónasdóttir, S.H., Flynn, K.J., Castellani, C., Gentleman, W., Halsband, C., Licandro, P., Agersted, M.D., Bode, A., Calbet, A., Lindeque, P.K., Koppelmann, R., Møller, E.F., Nielsen, T.G., St. John, M. (2014). Bridging the gap between marine biogeochemical and fisheries sciences; configuring the zooplankton link. Progress in Oceanography 129B, 176-199
  7. Cole, M., Lindeque, P.K.; Fileman, E.S., Halsband, C., Goodhead, R., Moger, J., Galloway, T. (2013). Microplastic ingestion by zooplankton. Environmental Science Technology 47, 6646−6655 (doi:10.1021/es400663f)
  8. Halsband, C., Kurihara, H. (2013). Potential acidification impacts on zooplankton in Carbon Capture & Storage leakage scenarios. Marine Pollution Bulletin 73(2), Special Issue, 495-503 (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.03.013)
  9. McConville, K., Halsband, C., Fileman, E., Somerfield, P.J., Findlay, H.S., Spicer, J.I. (2013). Effect of elevated CO2 on the reproduction of two calanoid copepods. Marine Pollution Bulletin 73(2), Special Issue, 428-434 (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.02.010)
  10. Cole, M., Lindeque, P., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. (2011). Microplastics as contaminants in the marine environment: a review. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62, 2588-2597 (DOI:
  11. Witt, M.J., Sheehan, E.V., Bearhop, S., Broderick, A.C., Conley, D.C., Cotterell, S.P., Crow, E., Grecian W.J., Halsband-Lenk, C., et al. (2011). Assessing wave energy effects on biodiversity: the Wave Hub experience. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 370(1959), 502-529 (DOI:
  12. Ianora A., Bentley, M.G., Caldwell G.S., Casotti R., Cembella A.D., Engström-Ost J., Halsband C., Legrand C., Llewellyn C.A., Miltenyte A., Pohnert G., Pilkaityte R., Razinkovas A., Romano G., Sonnenschein E.,Tillmann U., Vaiciutë, D. (2011). The relevance of marine chemical ecology to plankton and ecosystem function: an emerging field. Marine Drugs 9(9), 1625-1648 (DOI:
  13. Aarbakke, O.N.S., Bucklin, A., Halsband, C., Norrbin, M.F. (2011). Discovery of Pseudocalanus moultoni Frost 1989 in Northeast Atlantic waters based on mitochondrial COI sequence variation. Journal of Plankton Research 33(10), 1487-1495 (DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbr057)
  14. Eloire, D., Somerfield, P., Conway, D.V.P., Halsband-Lenk, C., Harris, R.P., Bonnet, D. (2010). Temporal variability and community composition of zooplankton at Station L4 in the Western Channel: twenty years of sampling. Journal of Plankton Research 32 (5), 657-679 (DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbq009)
  15. Bonnet, D., Greve, W., Halsband-Lenk, C., Harris, R.P, Hirche, H.-J., Lopez-Urrutia, A., Valdes, L. (2007). Seasonal and spatial dynamics of Centropages typicus in the North Sea, English Channel and Celtic Sea, and Bay of Biscay. In: The biology and ecology of Centropages typicus. Carlotti, F. (ed.). Progress in Oceanography 72 (2-3), 233-248
  16. Carlotti, F., Bonnet, D., Halsband-Lenk, C. (2007). Growth and development of Centropages typicus. In: The biology and ecology of Centropages typicus. Carlotti, F. (ed.). Progress in Oceanography 72 (2-3), 164-194
  17. Ianora, A., Miralto, A., Halsband-Lenk, C. (2007). Reproduction and early life history of Centropages typicus. In: The biology and ecology of Centropages typicus. Carlotti, F. (ed.). Progress in Oceanography 72 (2-3), 195-213
  18. Halsband-Lenk, C. (2005) Metridia pacifica in Dabob Bay, Washington: The diatom effect and the discrepancy between high abundance and low egg production rates. Progress in Oceanography 67(3-4), 422-441
  19. Halsband-Lenk, C., Pierson, J.J., Leising, A.W. (2005) Reproduction of Pseudocalanus newmani (Copepoda: Calanoida) is deleteriously affected by diatoms A field study. Progress in Oceanography 67 (3-4), 332-348
  20. Horner, R.A., Postel, J.R., Halsband-Lenk, C., Pierson, J.J., Pohnert, G., Wichard, T. (2005) Winter-spring phytoplankton blooms in Dabob Bay, Washington. Progress in Oceanography 67, 286-313
  21. Leising, A.W., Pierson, J.J., Halsband-Lenk, C., Horner, R.A., Postel, J. (2005) Copepod grazing during spring blooms: Does Calanus pacificus avoid harmful diatoms? Progress in Oceanography 67(3-4), 384-405
  22. Leising, A.W., Pierson, J.J., Halsband-Lenk, C., Horner, R.A., Postel, J. (2005) Copepod grazing during spring blooms: Can Pseudocalanus newmani induce trophic cascades? Progress in Oceanography, 67(3-4), 406-421
  23. Leising, A.W., Horner, R.A., Pierson, J.J., Postel, J. Halsband-Lenk, C. (2005) The balance between microzooplankton grazing and phytoplankton growth in a highly productive estuarine fjord. Progress in Oceanography 67(3-4), 366-383 (DOI:
  24. Pierson, J. J., Halsband-Lenk, C., Leising, A. W. (2005) Reproductive success of Calanus pacificus during diatom blooms in Dabob Bay, WA. Progress in Oceanography 67(3-4), 314-331 (DOI:
  25. Pierson, J.J., Leising, A.W., Halsband-Lenk, C., Ferm, N. (2005) Vertical distribution and abundance of Calanus pacificus and Pseudocalanus newmani in relation to chlorophyll a concentrations in Dabob Bay, WA. Progress in Oceanography 67(3-4), 349-365 (DOI:
  26. Wichard, T., Poulet, S.A., Halsband-Lenk, C., Albaina, A., Harris, R.P., Liu, D.Y., Pohnert, G. (2005) Survey of the chemical defence potential of marine and fresh water diatoms: screening of fifty species for a,b,g,d – unsaturated aldehydes. Journal of Chemical Ecology 31 (4), 949-958 (DOI: 10.1007/s10886-005-3615-z)
  27. Halsband-Lenk, C., Carlotti, F., Greve, W. (2004) Life-history strategies of calanoid congeners under two different climate regimes: a comparison. In: The Role of Zooplankton in Global Ecosystem Dynamics: Comparative Studies from the World Oceans, L. Valdés, R. Harris, T. Ikeda, S. McKinnell and W.T. Peterson (eds.), ICESJournal of Marine Science Special Issue 61 (4), 709-720 (DOI: 10.1016/j.icesjms.2004.03.020)
  28. Koppelmann, R., Weikert, H., Halsband-Lenk, C., Jennerjahn, T. (2004) Mesozooplankton community respiration and its relation to particle flux in the oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 18 (1), GB 1039 (DOI: 10.1029/2003GB002121)
  29. Halsband-Lenk, C., Hirche, H.-J., Carlotti F. (2002). Temperature effects on reproduction and development of congener copepod populations in the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 271 (2), 121-153 (DOI:
  30. Halsband-Lenk, C., Nival, S., Carlotti, F., Hirche H.-J. (2001). Seasonal cycles of egg production of two planktonic copepods Centropages typicus and Temora stylifera in the north-western Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Plankton Research 23 (6), 597-609 (DOI: 10.1093/plankt/23.6.597)
  31. Halsband, C., Hirche, H.-J. (2001). The reproductive cycles of dominant calanoid copepods in the North Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 209, 219-229 (Download PDF)


  • Nerland, I. L., Halsband, C., Allan, I., Thomas, K.V. (2014). Microplastics in marine environments: Occurrence, distribution and effects. REPORT SNO. 6754-2014. Norwegian Environment Agency

Popular science and outreach:

  • Fram Forum 2014: Plastic litter in the ocean – also a problem in the North? Ocean acidification – CO2 effects in Northern waters