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Andreas Altenburger

Associate Professor

Research interests:
  • marine invertebrates
  • Brachiopoda
  • Kinorhyncha
  • microalgae
  • Cryptophyta
  • Ciliata
  • evolution
  • taxonomy
  • systematics
  • aquired phototrophy in marine protists.
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UiT The Arctic University of NorwayThe Arctic University Museum of Norway Work address The Arctic University Museum of Norway Lars Thørings veg 10 Tromsø 9006 Norway Work Phone: +47 77 64 49 02 Website: ResearchGate Website: ORCID

Research interests:

  • marine invertebrates
  • Brachiopoda
  • Kinorhyncha
  • microalgae
  • Cryptophyta
  • Ciliata
  • evolution
  • taxonomy
  • systematics
  • aquired phototrophy in marine protists.

Running projects:

  • cryptophyte genomes
  • aquired phototrophy in marine protists

Completed projects:

  • Evolutionary developmental biology of Brachiopoda
  • Evolutionary developmental biology of Kinorhyncha

Popular science/outreach:

Scientific publications:

  1. Maselli M, Altenburger A, Stoecker DK, Hansen PJ: Ecophysiological traits of mixotrophic Strombidium spp. J Plankton Res 2020, 42(5):485-496.
  2. Altenburger A, Blossom HE, Garcia-Cuetos L, Jakobsen HH, Carstensen J, Lundholm N, Hansen PJ, Moestrup Ø, Haraguchi L: Dimorphism in cryptophytes — The case of Teleaulax amphioxeia/Plagioselmis prolonga and its ecological implications. Sci Adv 2020, 6(37):eabb1611.
  3. Hansen PJ, Anderson R, Stoecker DK, Decelle J, Altenburger A, Blossom HE, Drumm K, Mitra A, Flynn KJ: Mixotrophy Among Freshwater and Marine Protists. In: Reference Module in Life Sciences. Elsevier; 2019.
  4. Cai H, Li Q, Fang X, Li J, Curtis NE, Altenburger A, Shibata T, Feng M, Maeda T, Schwartz JA et al: A draft genome assembly of the solar-powered sea slug Elysia chlorotica. Scientific data 2019, 6:190022.
  5. García-Portela M, Reguera B, Sibat M, Altenburger A, Rodríguez F, Hess P: Metabolomic Profiles of Dinophysis acuminata and Dinophysis acuta Using Non-Targeted High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry: Effect of Nutritional Status and Prey. Mar Drugs 2018, 16(5).
  6. Fløistrup KM, Olsen MN, Rasmussen TG, Ekelund F, Altenburger A: Recruitment of airborne microorganisms on sterilized soil at different heights above ground. Applied Soil Ecology 2018, 126:85-87.
  7. Johnson MD, Lasek-Nesselquist E, Moeller HV, Altenburger A, Lundholm N, Kim M, Drumm K, Moestrup O, Hansen PJ: Mesodinium rubrum: The symbiosis that wasn’t. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2017, 114(7):E1040-E1042.
  8. Fuchs J, Altenburger A: Brachiopoda. In: Marine Plankton A practical guide to ecology, methodology, and taxonomy. Edited by Castellani C, Edwards M. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2017: 573-576.
  9. Altenburger A, Martinez P, Budd GE, Holmer LE: Gene Expression Patterns in Brachiopod Larvae Refute the “Brachiopod-Fold” Hypothesis. Front Cell Dev Biol 2017, 5:74.
  10. Altenburger A: Teaching plant-animal interactions with active student participation and deep learning. In: Improving University Science Teaching and Learning – Pedagogical Projects 2017. Edited by Christiansen FV, Sølberg J, Prestholm I, vol. 10. Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen; 2017: 111-120.
  11. Altenburger A: The neuromuscular system of Pycnophyes kielensis (Kinorhyncha: Allomalorhagida) investigated by confocal laser scanning microscopy. EvoDevo 2016, 7(1):25.
  12. Altenburger A, Rho HS, Chang CY, Sorensen MV: Zelinkaderes yong sp. nov. from Korea – the first recording of Zelinkaderes (Kinorhyncha: Cyclorhagida) in Asia. Zool Stud 2015, 54:13.
  13. Altenburger A, Bender M, Ekelund F, Elmholt S, Jacobsen CS: Steam-treatment-based soil remediation promotes heat-tolerant, potentially pathogenic microbiota. Environ Technol 2014, 35(6):773-780.
  14. Altenburger A, Wanninger A, Holmer LE: Metamorphosis in Craniiformea revisited: Novocrania anomala shows delayed development of the ventral valve. Zoomorphology 2013, 132(4):379-387.
  15. Altenburger A, Sørensen MV: Konfokal laser skanning-mikroskopi i zoologisk forskning. In: dyr i natur og museum. Copenhagen: Zoologisk Museum; 2013: 16-19.
  16. Pedersen AL, Winding A, Altenburger A, Ekelund F: Protozoan growth rates on secondary-metabolite-producing Pseudomonas spp. correlate with high-level protozoan taxonomy. FEMS Microbiol Lett 2011, 316(1):16-22.
  17. Altenburger A, Martinez P, Wanninger A: Homeobox gene expression in Brachiopoda: The role of Not and Cdx in bodyplan patterning, neurogenesis, and germ layer specification. Gene Expression Patterns 2011, 11(7):427-436.
  18. Altenburger A, Wanninger A: Neuromuscular development in Novocrania anomala: evidence for the presence of serotonin and a spiralian-like apical organ in lecithotrophic brachiopod larvae. Evolution & Development 2010, 12(1):16-24.
  19. Altenburger A, Ekelund F, Jacobsen CS: Protozoa and their bacterial prey colonize sterile soil fast. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 2010, 42(9):1636-1639.
  20. Altenburger A: Comparative neurogenesis, muscle development, and gene expression analyses in Brachiopoda. Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen; 2010.
  21. Altenburger A, Wanninger A: Comparative larval myogenesis and adult myoanatomy of the rhynchonelliform (articulate) brachiopods Argyrotheca cordata, A. cistellula, and Terebratalia transversa. Front Zool 2009, 6:3.
  22. Altenburger A, Wanninger A: Larval Myogenesis in the Articulate Brachiopod Argyrotheca cordata (Risso, 1826). J Morphol 2008, 269(12):1478.
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Martí Amargant-Arumí

PhD candidate

PhD project title: Arctic pelagic and sympagic primary production - functional responses to climate change.…Read More
UiT The Arctic University of NorwayArctic and Marine Biology Work address Department for Arctic and Marine Biology Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics UiT The Arctic University of Norway Tromsø 9037 Norway

PhD project title:

Arctic pelagic and sympagic primary production – functional responses to climate change.

PhD project description:

I am investigating the seasonal and latitudinal dynamics in the primary production of phytoplankton and sea ice algae of the Northern Barents Sea, aiming to establish new baselines in a changing Arctic. I am particularly interested in applying molecular techniques to assess the functional responses of individual species or strains to multiple climate change stressors.

Start date: June 2019
Planned submission date: June 2023


Rolf Gradinger (UiT, Tromsø, Norway)
Kim Præbel (UiT, Tromsø, Norway)
Clara Hoppe (AWI, Bremerhafen, Germany)

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William Ambrose

Vice Dean, School of the Coastal Environment and Professor of Marine Science

Research interests:
  • Oceanography
  • Paleooceanography
  • Benthic Ecology
  • Sclerochronology
  • Observing Networks.
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Coastal Carolina University Work address School of the Coastal Environment Coastal Carolina University Conway South Carolina 29528 USA Work Phone: +1 842-349-2299

Research interests:

  • Oceanography
  • Paleooceanography
  • Benthic Ecology
  • Sclerochronology
  • Observing Networks.

Running national and international projects:

  • CAGE center of excellence
  • National Science Foundation “Collaborative Research: Research Networking Activities in Support of Sustained Coordinated Observations of Arctic Change”

Scientific publications:

  1. McMahon, Ambrose, W.G., Jr. K.W., Reynolds, M.J., Johnson, B.J., Whiting, A., and Clough, L.M. In Revision. Arctic Lagoon and Nearshore Food webs: Relative Contributions of Terrestrial Organic Matter, Phytoplankton, and Benthic Algae
  2. Huntsberger, C., Kilada, R., Ambrose, Jr., W.G., Wahle, R.A. 2020. Evaluating age-at-size relationships for the American lobster (Homarus americanus) from three contrasting thermal regimes using gastric mill band counts as a direct aging technique. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77(10).
  3. Carroll, M.L., Mette, M., Ambrose, Jr., W.G. 2020. Greenland cockles (Serripes groenlandicus Mohr 1786) from Bjørnøya (Bear Island), Svalbard record environmental change: local and regional drivers of growth. Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science
  4. Andrade, H., van der Sleen, P., Black, B.A., Godiksen, J.A., Locke, W. V., Carroll, M.L., Ambrose Jr. W.G,  and Geffen, A. 2020. Ontogenetic movements of cod in Arctic fjords and the Barents Sea as revealed by otolith microchemistry. Polar Biology 43:409-421.
  5. Williams, L.M., Bowsher, A.M., Chrysovergi, M.A., Ambrose, W.G. Jr. 2020. Bloodworm (Glycera dibranchiata Ehlers, 1868) populations in the Gulf of Maine are connected through gene flow. Marine Science and Biology 1(1) doi.10.31021/msb.20201101
  6. Åström, K.K.L., Carroll, M.L., Sen, A., Niemann, H., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Lehmann, M.F., Carroll, J. 2020. Chemosynthesis influences food web and community structure in high-Arctic benthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series 629:19-42.
  7. Bluhm, B.A., Kilada, R., Ambrose, W., Renaud, P.E. and Sundet, J.H. 2019. First record of cuticle bands in the stomach ossicles of the red king crab Paralithodes camtschaticus (Tilesius, 1815) (Decapoda: Anomura:Lithodidae) from Norway. Journal of Crustacean Biology doi:10.1093/jcbiol/ruz064.
  8. Leopold, P., Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G. Jr. and Berge. J. 2018. High Arctic Mytilus spp.- occurrence, distribution, and history of dispersal. Polar Biology doi:10.1007/s00300-018-2415-1
  9. Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G. and Bluhm, B.A. 2018. Are Sea Floor Communities on the Edge of Change? pp. 195-205 In: At the Edge (ed. P. Wassmann), Orkana Forlag, Stamsund.
  10. Åström, E.K.L., Carroll, M.L., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Sen, A., Silyakova, A., and Carroll, J. 2018. Methane Cold Seeps as a Biological Oasis in the High-Arctic Deep Sea. Limnology and Oceanography, 63:S209-S231 doi:10.1002/lno.10732.
  11. Harris, C.M., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Bigelow, G.F., Locke, W., and Silverberg, S.M.B. 2018. Analysis of the Size, Shape, and Modeled Age of Common Limpets (Patella vulgata) from Late Norse Middens at Sandwick, Unst, Shetland Islands, UK: Evidence for Anthropogenic and Climatic Impacts. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 13 (3):341-370. doi:10.1080/15564894.2017.1368743
  12. Vihtakari, M., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Renaud, P.E., Locke, W.L. V., Carroll, M.L., Berge, J., Clarke, L.J., Cottier, F., and Hop, H. A. 2016. Key to the past? Element ratios as environmental proxies in two Arctic bivalves. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Palaeoecology 465 (B):316-332. doi:10.1016/jpalaeo.2016.01.020
  13. Hong, We-Li, Simone, S., Panieri, G., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Plaza-Faverola, A. and Schneider, A. 2016. Removal of methane through hydrological, microbial, and geochemical processes in the shallow sediments of pockmarks along eastern Vestnesa Ridge (Svalbard). Limnology and Oceanography 61 (S1):S324-S343. doi: 10.1002/lno.10299
  14. Åström, E.K.L., Carroll, M.L., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Carroll, J. 2016. Arctic cold seeps in marine methane hydrate environments: Impacts on shelf macrobenthic community structure offshore Svalbard. Marine Ecology Progress Series 552:1-18. doi: 10.3354/meps11773.
  15. Mette, M., Wanamaker Jr., A.D., Carroll, M., Ambrose, Jr., W.G. Jr. and Retelle, M. 2016. Large-scale climate dynamics influence Arctica islandica shell growth and geochemistry in northern Norway. Limnology and Oceanography. 61:748-764 doi:10.1002/lno.10252
  16. Vihtakari, M., Renaud, P.E., Clarke, L.J., Whitehouse, M.J., Carroll, M.L, and Ambrose, W.G. Jr. 2016. Decoding the oxygen isotope signal for seasonal growth patterns in Arctic bivalves. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446:263-283. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.01.008.
  17. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Locke, W.L., V., Bigelow G.F, and Renaud, P.E. 2016. Deposition of annual growth lines in the apex of the common limpet (Patella vulgata) from Shetland Islands, UK, and Norway: evidence from field marking and shell mineral content of annual line deposition. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology 21:79-87. doi:10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000058.
  18. Frantzen, M., Regoli, F., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Nahrgang, J., Geraudie, P., Benedetti, M., Locke, W., V. and Camus, L. 2016. Biological effects of mechanically and chemically dispersed oil on the Icelandic Scallop (Chlamys islandica). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 127:95-107.
  19. Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Panieri, G., Schneider, A., Plaza-Faverola, A., Carroll, M.L. Åström, E., Locke W. L. V, and Carroll, J. 2016. Bivalve shell horizons in seafloor pockmarks of the last glacial-interglacial transition: a thousand years of methane emissions in the Arctic Ocean. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16, 4108-4129. doi: 0.1002/2015GC005980.
  20. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Fisher, J.L. Locke, W.L., V, Hamilton, N.D., and Levitt, J. 2015. Harvest of the soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria) by Malaga Island, Maine, Residents from 1865-1912 occurred primarily in the fall and winter based on incremental growth assessment. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11: 50-67. doi:10.1080/15564894.2015.1052864.
  21. Jørgen Berge, Malin Daase, Paul E. Renaud, William G. Ambrose, Jr., Gerald Darnis, Kim S. Last, Eva Leu, Jonathan H. Cohen, Geir Johnsen, Mark A. Moline, Finlo Cottier,  Øystein Varpe, Natalia Shunatova, Piotr Balazy, Nathalie Morata, Jean-Charles Massabuau, Stig Falk-Petersen, Ksenia Kosobokova, Clara J.M. Hoppe, Jan Marcin Węsławski, Piotr Kuklinski, Joanna Legeżyńska, Daria Nikishina, Marine Cusa, Monika Kędra, Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk, Daniel Vogedes, Lionel Camus, Damien Tran, Emma Michaud, Tove M. Gabrielsen, Andrei Granovitch, Anya Gonchar, Rupert Krapp,  and Trine A. Callesen. 2015 Unexpected levels of biological activity during the polar night offer new perspectives on a warming Arctic. Current Biology.doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.08.024
  22. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Fisher, J.L. Locke, W.L., V, Hamilton, N.D., and Levitt, J.  2015. Harvest of the soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria) by Malaga Island, Maine, Residents from 1865-1912 occurred primarily in the fall and winter based on incremental growth assessment. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology DOI:10.1080/15564894.2015.1052864 In Press
  23. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Locke, W.L., V., Bigelow G.F, and Renaud, P.E. 2015. Deposition of annual growth lines in the apex of the common limpet (Patella vulgata) from Shetland Islands, UK, and Norway: evidence from field marking and shell mineral content of annual line deposition. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Palaeoecology DOI:10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000058 In Press
  24. Williams, L.M., Nivison, C.L., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Dobbin, R., and Locke, W.L. 2015. Lack of adult novel northern lineages of the invasive green crab, Carcinus maenus, along much of the northern United States Atlantic Coast? Marine Ecology Progress Series 532:153-159.
  25. Johnson, H.D., Stafford, K.M.  George, J.C., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Clark, and C.W. 2015. Song diversity in the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort population of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) spring 2011. Marine Mammal Science 31:902-922 DOI:10.111/mms.12196
  26. Ambrose, W.G.  Jr., Clough, L.M., Johnson, J.C., Griffith, D., Carroll, M.L., Greenacre, M., and Whiting, A. 2014. Interpreting local environmental change in coastal Alaska using traditional and scientific ecological knowledge.  Frontiers in Marine Science 1:40 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00040
  27. Carroll, M.L., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Locke, W.L., V, Stuart K. R., and Johnson, B.J. 2014. Bivalve growth rate and isotopic variability across the Barents Sea Polar Front. Journal of Marine Systems 130:167-180.
  28. Kędra, M., Renaud, P. E., Andrade, H., Goszczko, I., and Ambrose, W.G. Jr. 2013. Current benthic community structure, diversity and secondary production in shallow Barents Sea bank (Svalbardbank). Marine Biology 160:805-819.
  29. Søreide, J. E., Carroll, M.L., Hop H., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Hegseth, E.N., and Falk-Petersen, S. 2013. Trophic structures and carbon flows in Arctic- and Atlantic regimes in Svalbard revealed by stable isotope and fatty acid tracers. Marine Biology Research 9:831-850.
  30. Henkes, G.A., Passey, B.H., Wanamaker, A.D., Grossman, E.L., Ambrose W.G., Jr., and Carroll, M.L. 2013. Carbonate clumped isotopes compositions of modern marine mollusc and brachiopods shells. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 106:307-325.
  31. Vieweg, I., Hop, H., Brey, T., Huber, S., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Locke, W.L., V., and  Gabrielsen, G.W. 2012. Persistent organic pollutants in four bivalve species from Svalbard waters. Environmental Pollution 161:134-142.
  32. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Renaud, P.E., Locke, W.L., V, Cottier, F.R., Berge, J.R., Carroll, M.L., Levin, B., and Ryan, S. 2012. Growth line deposition and variability in growth of two circumpolar bivalves (Serripes groenlandicus and Clinocardium ciliatum). Polar Biology 35:345-354.
  33. Carroll, M.L. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2012. Benthic Infaunal Community Variability on the Northern Svalbard Shelf. Polar Biology 35:1259-1272.
  34. Carroll, M.L., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Levin, B., Ratner, A., Ryan, S., and Henkes, G.A. 2011. Climatic regulation of Clinocardium ciliatum (bivalvia) growth in the northwestern Barents Sea. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 302:10-20.
  35. Piepenburg D., Archambault P., Ambrose W.G., Jr., Blanchard A., Bluhm B., Carroll M., Conlan K., Cusson M., Feder H., Grebmeier J.M., Jewett S., Lévesque M., Petryashev W, Sejr M.K., Sirenko B.I., and Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2011. The biodiversity of the benthic macro-and megafauna of Arctic shelf seas – a pan-Arctic synopsis of magnitude and patterns. Marine Biodiversity 41:51-70.
  36. Carroll, M.L., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Levin, B.S., Locke, W.L., Henkes, G.A., Hop H., and Renaud, P.E. 2011. Pan-Svalbard growth rate variability and environmental regulation in the Arctic bivalve Serripes groenlandicus. Journal of Marine Systems 88:239-251.
  37. Bluhm, B.A., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Bergmann M., Clough L.M., Gebruk A.V., Hasemann C., Iken K., Klages M., MacDonald I.R., Renaud P.E., and Schewe I., Soltwedel T., Wlodarska-Kowalczuk, M. 2011. Biodiversity of the Arctic deep sea benthos. Marine Biodiversity 41:87-107.
  38. Sypitkowski, E., Bohlen, C., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2010. Estimating the frequency and extent of bloodworm digging in Maine from aerial photography.  Fisheries Research 101:87-93.
  39. Sypitkowski, E., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Bohlen, C., Atherton, T., and Warren, J. 2009. Catch Statistics in the Bloodworm Fishery in Maine.  Fisheries Research 96:303-307.
  40. Cochrane, S.J., Denisenko, S.G., Renaud, P.E., Emblow, C.S., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Ellingsen, and I.H, Skarδhamar, J. 2009 Benthic fauna and productivity regimes in the Barents Sea — ecological implications in a changing Arctic. Journal of Sea Research 61:222-233.
  41. Carroll, M.L., Johnson, B., Henkes, G.A., McMahon, K.W., Voronkov, A., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Denisenko, S.G. 2009. Bivalves as indicators of environmental variation and potential anthropogenic impacts in the southern Barents Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 59:193-206.
  42. Jewett, S.C., Clough, L.M., Blanchard, A.L., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Feeder, H.M., Hoberg, M.K., and Whiting, A. 2009. Nearshore macrobenthos of northern Kotzebue Sound, Alaska, with reference to local sewage disposal. Polar Biology 32:1665-1680.
  43. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Renaud, P.E., Cochran, S., Denisenko, S.G., Sharδhamar, J. 2009. Polychaete diversity patterns on two Arctic shelves: impacts of ice and primary productivity? ZooSymposia 2:457-485.
  44. Sun, M-Yi., Clough L.M., Carroll, M.L., Dai, J., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Lopez, G.R. 2009. Different responses of two common Arctic macrobenthic species (Macoma balthica and Monoporeia affinis) to phytoplankton and ice algae: Will Climate Change impacts be species specific? Journal of Marine Experimental Biology 376:110-121.
  45. Sypitkowski, E., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Bohlen, Curtis, and Warren, J. 2008. Harvest efficiency of bloodworms (Glycera dibranchiata) on Maine mudflats. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28:1506-1514.
  46. Carroll M.L., Denisenko, S.G., Renaud, P.E., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2008. Benthic Infauna of the Seasonally Ice-Covered Western Barents Sea: Patterns and Relationships to Environmental Forcing.  Deep Sea Research II 55:2340-2351.Carroll, M.L., Denisenko, S.G., Voronkov, A., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Henkes, G.A, Bosheim, S., Fredheim, B., and Gulbrandsen, T.R. 2008. Arctic bivalves as indicators of environmental variation. Proceedings of the SPE 9th International Conference on Health Safety and Environment 15-17 April 2008, Nice, France SPE111-558.
  47. Renaud, P.E., Carroll, M.L., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2007. Effects of global warming on Arctic sea-floor communities and its consequences for higher trophic levels. pp. 139-175. In: Duarte, C. and S., Agusti (eds.) “Effects of Global Warming on Polar Ecosystems” Fundacion BBVA, Madrid.  [Solicited and copy-edited but not peer-reviewed]
  48. Olsen, Harlaug, G., Carroll, M. L., Renaud, P. E., Ambrose, W. G., Jr., Ølsen, R., and Carroll, J. 2007. The benthic community response to petroleum-associated components in Arctic versus temperature marine sediments.  Marine Biology 151:2167-2176.Renaud P.E., Morata, N., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Bowie, J., and Chiuchiolo, A. 2007. Carbon cycling by seafloor communities on the eastern Beaufort Sea shelf.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 349:248-260.
  49. Sun, M.Y., Carroll, M.L., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Clough, L.M., Zou, L., and Lopez, G.R. 2007. Rapid consumption of phytoplankton and ice algae by Arctic soft-sediment benthic communities: evidence using natural and 13C-labeled food materials. Journal of Marine Research 65:561-588.
  50. Tamslander, T., Renaud, P.E., H. Hop., Carroll, M.L., W.G. Ambrose, Jr., and Hobson, K.A. 2006. Trophic relationships and pelagic-benthic coupling during summer in the Barents Sea Marginal Ice Zone revealed by stable carbon and nitrogen isotope measurements. Marine Ecology Progress Series 310:33-46.
  51. McMahon, K.W., Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Johnson, B.J., Sun, M.Yi., Lopez, G.R., Clough, L.M. and Carroll, M.L. 2006. Benthic community response to ice algae and phytoplankton in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard. Marine Ecology Progress Series 310:1-14 [Feature Article].
  52. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Carroll, M.L., Greenacre, M., Thorrold, S. R., and McMahon, K. 2006. Variation in bivalve growth in a Norwegian high-Arctic fjord: Evidence for local- and large-scale climatic forcing. Global Change Biology 12:1595-1607.
  53. Bishop, M.J., Rivera, J.A., Irlandi, E.A., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Peterson, C.H. 2005. Spatio-temporal patterns in the mortality of juvenile bay scallops in North Carolina: ecological detective work to explain reproductive life-history anomalies. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 315:127-146.
  54. Clough, L.M., Renaud, P.E. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2005. Impacts of water depth, sediment pigment concentration, and benthic macrofaunal biomass on sediment oxygen demand in the western Arctic Ocean.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62:1756-1765.
  55. McMahon, K., Johnson, B.J., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2005. Diet and movement of the mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus, in a Maine salt marsh assessed using gut contents and stable isotope analyses. Estuaries 28:966-973.
  56. Ambrose, W.G. Jr., von Quillfeldt, C., Clough, L.M., Tilney, P.V.R. and Tucker 2005. The sub-ice algal community in the Chukchi sea: large- and small-scale patterns of abundance based on images from a remotely operated vehicle. Polar Biology 28:784-795.
  57. Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Vanreusel, A., and Clough, L.M. 2004. Meiofaunal and macrofaunal diversity in the Arctic Ocean. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 300 297-306.
  58. Quillfeldt, C.H., Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Clough, L.M. 2003. High numbers of diatom species in first year ice from the Chukchi Sea. Polar Biology 26:806-818.
  59. Vanreusel, A. Clough, L.M., Jacobsen, K., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Jivaluk, J., Ryheul, V., Herman, R., Vincx, and M. 2001. Meiobenthos of the Central Arctic Ocean with special emphasis on the nematode community structure.  Deep Sea Research 47:1855-1879.
  60. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Clough, L.M., Tilney, P.R., and Beer, L. 2001. Role of echinoderms in benthic remineralization in the Chukchi Sea. Marine Biology 139:937-949.
  61. West, T.L., Clough, L.M., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 2000. Assessment of function in an oligohaline environment: Lessons learned by comparing created and natural habitats. Ecological Engineering 15:303-321.
  62. Irlandi, E.A., Orlando, B.A., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1999. Influence of seagrass habitat and patch size on growth and survival of juvenile bay scallops (Argopecten irradians concentricus Say). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 235:21- 44.
  63. Renaud, P.E., Syster, D.A., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1999. Do recruitment patterns determine community structure of continental shelf benthos off North Carolina, U.S.A.?  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 37:89-106.
  64. Leinaas, H.P. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1999. Decision between a small and large prey species: reduced energy acquisition by pre-migratory purple sandpipers, Calidris maritima, on Svalbard. Polar Biology 22:264-270.
  65. Riggs, S.R., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Cook, J.W., Snyder, S.W., and Snyder, S.W. 1998. Sediment production model for sediment-starved continental margins: the interrelationship between hardbottoms, sedimentologic and benthic community processes, and storm dynamics. Journal of Sedimentary Research 68:155-168.
  66. Gallagher, M.L., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Renaud, P.E. 1998. Biochemical composition of several benthic invertebrates from the Northeast Water Polynya: Evidence for spatial variability in particulate organic matter input. Polar Biology 19:167-171.
  67. Ambrose, W.G. Jr., Dawson, M., Gailey, C., Ledkovsky, P., O’Leary, S., Tassinari, B., Vogel, H., and Wilson, C. 1998. Effects of Baitworm digging on the soft-shelled clam, Mya arenaria in Maine: shell damage and exposure on the sediment surface. Journal of Shellfish Research 17: 1043-1050.
  68. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Renaud, P.E. 1997. Does a pulsed food supply to the benthos affect polychaete recruitment patterns in the Northeast Water Polynya? Journal of Marine Systems 10:483-495.
  69. Piepenburg, D., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Brandt, A., Renaud, P.E., Ahrens, M.J., and Jensen, P. 1997. Benthic community patterns reflect water column process in the Northeast Water Polynya (Greenland) Journal of Marine Systems 10:467-482.
  70. Renaud, P.E., Riggs, S.R., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Schmid, K., and Snyder, S.W. 1997. Biological  Geological interactions: storm effects of macroalgal communities mediated by sediment distribution patterns. Continental Shelf Research 17:37-56.
  71. Clough, L.M., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Cochran, K., Barnes, K., Renaud, P.E., and Aller, R. 1997. Bioturbation, biomass, and infaunal abundance in the sediments of the Arctic Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II 44:1683-1704.
  72. Clough, L.M., Ambrose, W.G. Jr. and Cochran, J.K. 1996. The role of biomass, bioturbation and remineralization in determining the fate of carbon in the Arctic Ocean. pp. 51-54, In: The 1994 Arctic Ocean Section: The First Major Scientific Crossing of the Arctic Ocean, ed. by W. Tucker and D. Cate, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, New Hampshire Special Report 96-23.
  73. Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Riggs, S.R., and Syster, D.A. 1996. Multi level effects of severe storms on an offshore temperate reef system: benthic sediments, macroalgae, and implications for fisheries. Marine Ecology 17:383-398.
  74. Clough, L.M., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Ashjian, C., Piepenburg, D., Renaud, P.E., and Smith, S. 1996. Meroplankton in the Northeast Water Polynya: does larval distribution mirror benthic abundance patterns? Journal of Marine Systems 10:343-357.
  75. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Renaud, P.E. 1995. Benthic response to water column productivity: evidence for benthic pelagic coupling in the Northeast Water Polynya. Journal of Geophysical Research 100: (C3):4411-4421.
  76. Irlandi, E.A., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Orlando, B.A. 1995. Landscape Ecology and the marine environment: How spatial configuration of seagrass habitat influences growth and survival of the bay scallop, Argopecten irradians. Oikos 72:307-313.
  77. Hobson, K.A., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Renaud, P.E. 1995. Sources of primary production benthic-pelagic coupling, and trophic relationships within the Northeast Water Polynya: Insights from δ 13C and δ 15N analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 128: 1-10.
  78. Olafsson, E.B., Peterson, C.H., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr.  1994. Does recruitment limitation structure populations and communities of macroinvertebrates in marine soft sediments: The relative significance of pre- and post-settlement processes?  Oceanography and Marine Biology an Annual Review 32:65-109.
  79. Posey, M.H., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1994. Effects of proximity to an offshore hard bottom reef on infaunal abundances.  Marine Biology 118:745-753.
  80. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Ahrens, M., Brandt, A., Dimmler, P., Graf, G., Gutt, J., Herman, R., Jensen, P., Piepenburg, D., Queisser, Q., Renaud, P.E., Scheltz,A., and Thomsen, L. 1994. Benthos. Berichte zur Polarforschung 142:106-112.
  81. Krause, M.K., Arnold, W.S., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1994. Morphological and genetic variation among three populations of calico scallops, Argopecten irradians. Journal of Shellfish Research 13:529-537.
  82. Singhas, L.S., West, T.L., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1993. Occurrence of Echeneibothrium (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda) in the Calico Scallop, Argopecten gibbus, from North Carolina. Fishery Bulletin 91:179-181.
  83. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1993. Effects of predation and disturbance by Ophiuroids on soft-bottom community structure in Oslofjord: Results of a mesocosm study.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 97:225-236.
  84. Deming, J., Johnson, M., Smith, W., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Bauerfeind, E., Booth, B., Cochran, K., Hopkins, T., Kristensen, R., Minnett, P., Niebauer, J., Rowe, G., Smith, S. Wallace, and D., Walsh, I. 1993. Northeast Water Polynya: Polar Sea Cruise Report. EOS, Tranactions American Geophysical Union 74:185, 195-96.
  85. West, T.L. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1992. Abiotic and biotic effects on population dynamics of oligohaline benthic invertebrates. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth European Marine Biological Symposium, edited by V.U. Ceccherilli, R. Rossi, and A. Carrieri. Olsen and Olsen Pub. pp. 189-194.
  86. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Peterson, C.H., Summerson, H.C., and Lin, J. 1992. Experimental tests of factors affecting recruitment of bay scallops (Argopecten irradians) to spat collectors. Aquaculture 108:67-86.
  87. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Irlandi, B.A. 1992. Height of attachment on seagrass leads to trade off between growth and survival in the bay scallop Argopecten irradians. Marine Ecology Progress Series 90:45-51.
  88. Leinaas, H.P., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1992. Utilization of different foraging habitats by the purple sandpiper Calidris maritima on a Spitsbergen beach. Cinclus 15:85-91.
  89. Ambrose, W.G., Jr.  1991. Are infaunal predators important in structuring marine soft bottom communities?  American Zoologist 31:849-860
  90. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Lin, J. 1991. Settlement preference of Argopecten irradians larvae for artificial substrates. In: An International Compendium of Scallop biology and Culture, edited by S.E. Shumway, World Aquaculture Society, pp. 16-20.
  91. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Leinaas, H. P. 1990. Size specific distribution and abundance of amphipods (Gammarus setosus) on an Arctic shore: Effects of shorebird Predation? In: Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth European Marine Biological Symposium, ed. by M. Barnes and R.N. Gibson, Aberdeen University Press, pp. 239-249
  92. Lee, H., II and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1989. Life after competitive exclusion: alternative strategies of a competitive inferior. Oikos 56:424-427.
  93. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Leinaas, H. P. 1988. Intertidal soft-bottom communities on the west coast of Spitzbergen. Polar Biology 8:393-395.
  94. Hunt, J.H., Ambrose, W.G., Jr. and Peterson, C.H. 1987. Effects of the gastropod Ilyanassa obsoleta (Say) and the bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria (Linne) on larval settlement and juvenile recruitment.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 108:229-240.
  95. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1986. Estimate of removal rate of Nereis virens (Polychaeta: Nereidae) from an intertidal mudflat by Gulls (Larus spp.). Marine Biology 90:243-247.
  96. Warwick, R.M., Gee, J.M., Berge, J.A., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1986. Effects of the feeding activity of the polychaete Streblosoma bairdi (Malmgren) on meiofaunal abundance and community structure. Sarsia 71:11 16.
  97. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1986. Experimental analysis of density dependent emigration of the amphipod Rhepoxynius abronius. Marine Behavior and Physiology 12:209-216.
  98. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1986. Importance of predatory infauna in marine soft-bottom communities: Reply to Wilson. Marine Ecology Progress Series 32:41-45.
  99. Berge, J.A., Schaanning, M., Bakke, T.K., Sandöy, K., Skeie, G.M., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1986. A soft-bottom sublittoral mesocosm by the Oslofjord: Description performance and examples of application. Ophelia 26:37-54.
  100. Peterson, C.H. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1985. Potential habitat dependence in deposition rate of presumptive annual lines in shells of the bivalve Protothaca staminea. Lethaia 18:257-260.
  101. Commito, J.A. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1985. Predatory infauna and trophic complexity in soft bottom communities. In: Proceedings of the Nineteenth European Marine Biological Symposium, edited by P.E. Gibbs, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 323-333.
  102. Gee, J.M., Warwick, R.M., Schaanning, M., Berge, J.A., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1985. Effects of organic enrichment on meiofaunal abundance and community structure in sublittoral soft sediments. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 91:247-262.
  103. Commito, J.A. and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1985. Multiple trophic levels in soft bottom communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 26:289-293.
  104. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1984. Role of predatory infauna in structuring marine soft bottom communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series 17:109-115.
  105. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1984. Influence of residents on the development of a marine soft bottom community. Journal of Marine Research 42:633-654.
  106. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1984. Influences of predatory polychaetes and epibenthic predators on the structure of a soft bottom community in a Maine estuary. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 81:115-145.
  107. Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1984. Increased emigration of the amphipod Rhepoxynius abronius (Barnard) and the polychaete Nephtys caeca (Fabricius) in the presence of invertebrate predators. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 81:115-145.
  108. Peterson, C.H., Ambrose, W.G., Jr., and Hunt, J.H. 1982. A field test of the swimming response of the bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) to changing biological factors. Bulletin of Marine Science 32:939-944.
  109. Ambrose, W.G., Jr., Jones, D., and Thompson, I. 1980. Distance from shore and growth rate of the suspension feeding bivalve Spisula solidissima. Proceedings of the National Shellfisheries Association 70:207-215.
  110. Jones, D.S., Thompson, I., and Ambrose, W.G., Jr. 1978. Age and growth determinations for the Atlantic surf clam Spisula solidissima based on internal growth lines in shell cross sections. Marine Biology 47:63-70.


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Sofia Aniceto

Post-doctoral researcher

Research interests:
  • marine wildlife monitoring
  • animal ecology and behavior
  • new survey technologies.
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UiT The Arctic University of NorwayArctic and Marine Biology Work address Department for Arctic and Marine Biology Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics UiT the Arctuc University of Norway Tromsø 9037 Norway

Research interests:

  • marine wildlife monitoring
  • animal ecology and behavior
  • new survey technologies.

My main interest in research concerns marine wildlife monitoring, specifically the utility of new survey technologies and animal ecology and behavior. My goals are to provide insights into the understanding of interactions with and within ecosystems considering top-predators and related trophic levels.

Current projects:

  • Postoc – Spatial and temporal analyses of marine mammal vocalizations using unmanned systems.
  • PhD – Unmanned aerial vehicles for marine mammal surveys in arctic and sub-arctic regions.

Summary of PhD project
Whales travel between vast areas and therefore require effective monitoring schemes that can inform management and conservation decisions. For mitigation of offshore operations, drones are proving to be an efficient tool to understand, and possibly minimize, the potential impacts of these activities on marine resources. In such conditions, fixed-wing powered drones are the best option given their long operational range. Additionally, in the Arctic there are many areas of difficult access and the conditions can make it challenging to conduct surveys using traditional methods. Drones seem to be more cost-efficient and safer to operate than other methods, particularly for marine mammal surveys.To investigate how fixed-wing drones perform in different conditions, we conducted 12 field trials during summer and winter in Tromsø (Northern Norway). The drones followed pre-designed tracks and took consecutive photos throughout the entire duration of the flights. After the flights, images were classified for environmental conditions, animal presence, and presence/absence certainty. The results in this study highlight the need for scientists to investigate not only how the technology has an impact on how we gather data but also how the study subjects can affect the amount and quality of data that we collect.


  • Prof. JoLynn Carroll
  • Prof. Ulf Lindstrøm
  • Dr. Martin Biuw

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Verfuss U.K., Aniceto A.S., Harris D., Gillespie D., Fielding S., Jiminez G., Johnston P., Plunkett R. (2018). A review of autonomous vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna. Marine Pollution Bulletin 140: 17-29
  2. Aniceto A.S., Biuw M., Lindstrøm U., Solbø S.A., Broms F., Carroll J. (2018). Monitoring marine mammals using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs): quantifying detection certainty. Ecosphere 9(3): e02122 doi:10.1002/ecs2.2122.
  3. Aune M., Aniceto A.S., Biuw M., Daase M., Falk-Petersen S., Leu E., Ottersen C.A.M., Sagerup K., Camus L. (2018). Seasonal ecology in ice covered Arctic seas – considerations for spill response decision making. Marine Environmental Research 141: 275-288.
  4. Stemland H.M., Johansen T.A., Ruud B.O., Aniceto A.S. (2018). Measured sound levels in ice covered shallow water caused by seismic shooting on top of and below floating ice, reviewed for possible impacts on true seals. First Break 37(1): 35-42. doi:10.3997/1365-2397.2018010.
  5. Aniceto A.S., Carroll J., Tetley M. & Van Oosterhout C. (2016). Position, swimming direction and group size of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the presence of a fast ferry in the Bay of Biscay. Oceanologia 58(3): 235-240.


  1. Verfuss U.K., Aniceto A.S., Biuw M., Fielding S., Gillespie D., Harris D., Jimenez G., Johnston P., Plunkett R., Sivertsen A., Solbø A., Storvold R., and Wyatt R. (2016). Understanding the current state of autonomous technologies to improve/expand observation and detection of marine species. Report number SMRUC-OGP2015-015 provided to IOGP, 17th February, 2016.
  2. Dahl-Hansen I., Aniceto A.S., Larsen L.-H. in cooperation with Ramboll (2012). Greenland (Baffin Bay) Environemntal Impact Assessment. Client: Shell. Confidential document and partners.
  3. Dahl-Hansen I., Andrade H., Aniceto A.S., Larsen L.-H., Isaksen O., Valeur J.R., Stenberg E.S. (2012). Konsekvensutredning Jan Mayen; Andre miljøkonsekvenser av planlagt virksomhet. Akvaplan-niva Report 5953-1. Client: Olje-og Energidepartementet.
  4. Dahl-Hansen I., Andrade H., Aniceto A.S., Larsen L.-H., Valeur J.R., Stenberg E.S. (2012).
  5. Konsekvensutredning Barentshavet sørøst; Andre miljøkonsekvenser av planlagt virksomhet.
  6. Akvaplan-niva Report 5953-2. Client: Olje-og Energidepartementet.

Popular science and outreach:

  • Forskningsdagene 2014-2015, Framdager 2017-2018, Science for Schools (Arctic Frontiers)
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Philipp Assmy

Research scientist

Research interests:
  • Phyto- and protozooplankton ecology
  • Sea ice biology
  • Ocean biogeochemistry in particular carbon and silicon cycles
  • Diatom taxonomy
  • Field experience from the Arctic Ocean and Southern Ocean.
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Norwegian Polar InstituteResearch department: ecotoxicology Work address Norwegian Polar Institute Fram Centre Tromsø 9296 Norway Work Phone: +47 77 75 05 87

Research interests:

  • Phyto- and protozooplankton ecology
  • Sea ice biology
  • Ocean biogeochemistry in particular carbon and silicon cycles
  • Diatom taxonomy
  • Field experience from the Arctic Ocean and Southern Ocean.

Running national and international projects:

  • 2017-2020: Diversity, taxonomy and distribution of marine protists in a changing Arctic (TaxMArc). (RCN project), Co-PI
  • 2015-2019: InterDisciplinary study of Arctic sea ice changes and impacts for the society (ID Arctic). (grant by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Co-PI
  • 2019-2022: Ridges – Safe havens for ice-associated flora and fauna in a seasonally ice-covered Arctic Ocean (HAVOC). (RCN project), Co-PI
  • 2018-2021: Ocean-Air synoptic operations using coordinated autonomous robotic SYStems and micro underwater gliders (OASYS). (MarTERA, ERA-NET Cofund scheme of Horizon 2020 of the European Commission), Co-PI
  • 2017-2023: The Nansen Legacy (RCN project)

Completed national and international projects:

  • N-ICE2015 – Norwegian young sea ICE expedition
    2015-2018: Boom or Bust – Ice-algal and under-ice phytoplankton bloom dynamics in a changing Arctic icescape (RCN project), Main PI
  • 2014-2017: Ecosystem modelling of the Arctic Ocean around Svalbard (ArktisMod). (Fram Centre Flagship “Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, Technology and Systems of Agreement”), Co-PI
  • 2012: Morphological and molecular identification of key phytoplankton species from the Southern Ocean. (European Community – Research Infrastructure Action under the FP7 ‘‘Capacities’’ Specific Programme ASSEMBLE (grant no. 227799)), Main PI
  • 2008-2012: Controls on and paleoceanographic utility of the valve size frequency distribution of the Southern Ocean diatom, Fragilariopsis kerguelensis (DFG project), Main PI

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Lannuzel, D., Tedesco, L., van Leeuwe, M., Campbell, K., Flores, H., Delille, B., Miller, L., Stefels J., Castellani, G., Fripiat, F., Steiner, N., Vancoppenolle, M., Vichi M., Assmy, P., Bowman, J., Kaartokallio, H., Meiners, K., Peeken, I., Rintala, J.-M.,Wongpan, P., Brown, K., Chierici, M., Crabeck, O., Damm, E., Else, B., Fransson, A., Geilfus, N.-X., Jacques, C., Jones, E., Kotovitch, M., Moreau, S., Nomura, D., Steiner, N., Tison, J.-L., Van der Linden, F. (accepted) The future of Arctic sea-ice biogeochemistry and ice-associated ecosystems. Nature Climate Change.
  2. Wiedmann, I., Ceballos Romero, E., Alfageme, M.V., Renner, A.H.H., Dybwad, C., van der Jagt, H., Svensen, C., Assmy, P., Wiktor, J.M., Tatarek, A., Różańska-Pluta, M., Iversen, M.H. (2020) Arctic observations identify phytoplankton community composition as driver of particle sinking velocity and carbon flux attenuation. Geophysical Research Letters, 47:14, e2020GL087465, doi: 10.1029/2020GL087465
  3. Ardyna, M., Mundy, C.J., Mills, M.M., Oziel, L., Grondin, P.-L., Lacour, L., Verin, G., van Dijken, G., Ras, J., Alou-Font, E., Babin, M., Gosselin, M., Tremblay, J.-É., Raimbault, P., Assmy, P., Nicolaus, M., Claustre, H., Arrigo, K.R. (2020) Environmental drivers of under-ice phytoplankton bloom dynamics in the Arctic Ocean. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 8:30, doi:1525/elementa.430.
  4. Hop H, Vihtakari M, Bluhm BA, Assmy P, Poulin M, Gradinger R, Peeken I, Quillfeldt C, Mork Olsen L, Zhitina L and Melnikov IA (2020) Changes in Sea-Ice Protist Diversity with Declining Sea Ice in the Arctic Ocean From the 1980s to 2010s. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:243, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00243.
  5. Halbach, L., Vihtakari, M., Duarte, P., Everett, A., Hop, H., Kauko, H.M., Kohler, J., Kristiansen, S., Myhre, P.I., Pramanik, A., Steen, H., Sundfjord, A., Wold, A., Wulff, A. and Assmy, P. (2019) Tidewater glaciers and bedrock characteristics shape the phytoplankton growth environment in a fjord in the Arctic. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:254, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00254.
  6. Olsen, L.M., Duarte, P., Peralta-Ferriz, C., Kauko, H.M., Johansson, M., Peeken, I., Różańska-Pluta, M., Tatarek, A., Wiktor, J., Fernández-Méndez, M., Wagner, P.M., Pavlov, A.K., Hop, H. and Assmy, P. (2019) A red tide in the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean. Scientific Reports, 9, 9536; doi: 1038/s41598-019-45935-0.
  7. Graham, R.M., Itkin, P., Meyer, A., Sundfjord, A., Spreen, G., Smedsrud, L.H., Liston, G.E., Cheng, B., Cohen, L., Divine, D., Fer, I., Fransson, A., Gerland, S., Haapala, J., Hudson, S.R., Johansson, M.R., King, J., Merkouriadi, I., Peterson, A.K., Provost, C., Randelhoff, A., Rinke, A., Rösel, A., Sennéchael, N., Walden, V.P., Duarte, P., Assmy, P., Steen, H. and Granskog, M.A. (2019) Winter storms escalate the demise of Arctic sea ice. Scientific Reports, 9, 9222; doi: 1038/s41598-019-45574-5.
  8. Hop, H., Assmy, P., Wold, A., Sundfjord, A., Daase, M., Duarte, P., Kwasniewski, S., Gluchowska, M., Wiktor, J.M., Tatarek, A., WiktorJr., J.M., Kristiansen, S., Fransson, A., Chierici, M. and Vihtakari, M. (2019) Pelagic Ecosystem Characteristics across the Atlantic Water Boundary Current from Rijpfjorden, Svalbard, to the Arctic Ocean During Summer (2010-2014). Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:181, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00181
  9. Kauko, H.M., Pavlov, A.K., Johnsen, G., Granskog, M.A., Peeken, I. and Assmy, P. (2019) Photoacclimation state of an Arctic under-ice phytoplankton bloom. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 124,
  10. Hegseth, E.N., Assmy, P., Wiktor, J.M., Wiktor Jr, J.M., Kristiansen, S., Leu, E., Tverberg, V., Gabrielsen, T.M., Skogseth, R. and Cottier, F. (2019). Phytoplankton seasonal dynamics in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard and the adjacent shelf, In: Advances in Polar Ecology.
  11. de Sousa, A.G.G., Tomasino, M.P., Duarte, P., Fernández-Méndez, M., Assmy, P., Ribeiro, H., Surkont, J., Leite, R., Leal, J.P., Torgo, L., Magalhães, C. (2019) Diversity and Composition of Pelagic Prokaryotic and Protist Communities in a Thin Arctic Sea-Ice Regime. Microbial Ecology. doi:10.1007/s00248-018-01314-2.
  12. Schulz, I., Montresor, M., Klaas, C., Assmy, P., Wolzenburg, S., Gauns, M., Thiele, S., Sarkar, A., Wolf-Gladrow, D., Naqvi, S.W.A., Smetacek, V. (2018) Remarkable structural resistance of a nanoflagellate-dominated plankton community to iron fertilization during the Southern Ocean experiment LOHAFEX. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 601, 77-95.
  13. Krause, J.W., Duarte, C.M., Marquez, I.A., Assmy, P., Fernández-Méndez, M., Wiedmann, I., Wassmann, P., Kristiansen, S. and Agustí, S. (2018) Biogenic silica production and diatom dynamics in the Svalbard region during spring. Biogeosciences, 15, 6503-6517, doi: 10.5194/bg-15-6503-2018.
  14. Kauko, H.M., Olsen, L.M., Duarte, P., Peeken, I., Granskog, M.A., Johnsen, G., Fernández-Méndez, M., Pavlov, A.K., Mundy, C.J., Assmy, P. (2018) Algal colonization of young Arctic sea ice in spring. Frontiers in Marine Science,
  15. Belt, S.T., Brown, T.A., Smik, L., Assmy, P. and Mundy, C.J. (2017) Sterol identification in floating Arctic sea ice algal aggregates and the Antarctic sea ice diatom Berkeleya adeliensis. Organic Geochemistry, 118, 1-3, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.01.008.
  16. Fernández-Méndez, M., Olsen, L.M., Kauko, H.M., Meyer, A., Rösel, A., Merkouriadi, I., Mundy, C.J., Ehn, J.K., Johansson, A.M., Wagner, P.A., Ervik, Å., Sorrell, B.K., Duarte, P., Wold, A., Hop, H. and Assmy, P. (2018) Algal hotspots in a changing Arctic Ocean: Sea-ice ridges and the snow-ice interface. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5:75, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00075.
  17. Wollenburg, J.E., Katlein, C., Nehrke, G., Nöthig, E.-M., Matthiessen, J., Wolf-Gladrow, D.A., Nikolopoulos, A., Gazquez-Sanchez, F., Rossmann, L., Assmy, P., Babin, M., Bruyant, F., Dybwad, C. and Peeken I. (2018) Ballasting by cryogenic gypsum enhances carbon export in a Phaeocystis under-ice bloom. Scientific Reports, 8:7703, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-26016-0.
  18. van Leeuwe, M., Tedesco, L., Arrigo, K., Assmy, P., Campbell, K., Meiners, K., Rintala, J.-M., Selz, V., Thomas, D. and Stefels, J., (2018) Microalgal biodiversity and primary production in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice: A synthesis. Elementa. 6:4, doi: 10.1525/elementa.267.
    10.  Laglera, L.M., Tovar-Sanchez, A., Iversen, M.H., González, H.E., Naik, H., Assmy, P., Klaas, C., Mazzocchi, G., Montresor, M., Naqvi, S.W.A. and Smetacek V. (2017). Iron cycling during the LOHAFEX iron fertilization experiment in the Southern Ocean, Part I. Iron partitioning. Marine Chemistry, 196, 148-161.
    11.  Brown, T.A., Assmy, P., Hop, H., Wold, A. and Belt, S.T. (2017) Transfer of ice algal carbon to ice-associated amphipods in the high-Arctic pack ice environment. Journal of Plankton Research, 39, 664-674.
    12.  Belt, S.T., Brown, T.A., Smik, L., Tatarek, A., Wiktor, J., Stowasser, G., Assmy, P., Allen, C. and Husum, K. (2017) Identification of C25 highly branched isoprenoid (HBI) alkenes in diatoms of the genus Rhizosolenia in high latitude marine phytoplankton. Organic Geochemistry, 110, 65-72.
    13.  Duarte, P., Meyer, A., Olsen, L.M., Kauko, H.M., Assmy, P., Rösel, A., Itkin, P., Hudson, S.R., Granskog, M.A., Gerland, S., Sundfjord, A., Steen, H., Hop, H., Peterson, A.K., Jeffery, N., Elliott, S.M., Hunke, E.C., Turner, A.K. (2017). Sea ice thermohaline-dynamics and biogeochemistry in the Arctic Ocean: empirical and model results. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 122, doi:10.1002/ 2016JG003660.
    14.  Kauko, H.M., Taskjelle, T., Assmy, P., Pavlov, A.K., Mundy, C.J., Duarte, P., Fernández Méndez, M., Olsen, L. M., Hudson, S. R., Johnsen, G., Elliott, A., Wang, F. and Granskog, M. A. (2017). Windows in Arctic sea ice: light transmission and ice algal optical properties in a refrozen lead. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 122, 1486–1505, doi:10.1002/ 2016JG003626.
    15.  Olsen, L.M., Laney, S.R., Duarte, P., Kauko, H.M., Fernández-Méndez, M., Mundy, C.J., Rösel, A., Meyer, A., Itkin, P., Cohen, L., Peeken, I., Tatarek, A., Róźańska, M., Wiktor, J., Taskjelle, T., Pavlov, A.K., Hudson, S.R., Granskog, M.A., Hop, H. and Assmy, P. (2017). The role of multiyear ice in seeding ice algae blooms in the Arctic pack ice. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JG003668.
    16.  Pavlov, A.K., Taskjelle, T., Kauko, H.M., Hamre, B., Hudson, S.R., Assmy, P., Duarte, P., Fernández-Méndez, M., Mundy, C.J., and Granskog, M.A. (2017). Altered inherent optical properties and estimates of the underwater light field during an Arctic under-ice bloom of Phaeocystis pouchetii. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 122, 4939–4961, doi:10.1002/ 2016JC012471.
    17.  Fransson, A., Chierici, M., Skjelvan, I., Olsen, A., Assmy, P., Peterson, A.K., Spreen, G. and Ward, B. (2017). Under-ice fCO2, sea-air CO2 fluxes and effect of storm events and an under-ice phytoplankton bloom on sea-air CO2 fluxes during the winter-spring transition in the high Arctic Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 122, doi: 10.1002/2016JC012478
    18.  Assmy, P., Fernández-Méndez, M., Duarte, P., Meyer, A., Randelhoff, A., Mundy, C.J., Olsen, L.M., Kauko, H.M., Bailey, A., Chierici, M., Cohen, L., Doulgeris, A.P., Ehn, J.K., Fransson, A., Gerland, S., Hop, H., Hudson, S.R., Hughes, N., Itkin, P., Johnsen, G., King, J.A., Koch, B.P., Koenig, Z., Kwasniewski, S., Laney, S.R., Nicolaus, M., Pavlov, A.K., Polashenski, C.M., Provost, C., Rösel, A., Sandbu, M., Spreen, G., Smedsrud, L.H., Sundfjord, A., Taskjelle, T., Tatarek, A., Wiktor, J., Wagner, P.M., Wold, A., Steen, H. and Granskog, M.A. (2017). Leads in Arctic pack ice enable early phytoplankton blooms below snow-covered sea ice. Scientific Reports, 7, 40850; doi: 10.1038/srep40850.
    19.  Barber, D.G., Hop, H., Mundy, C.J., Else, B., Dmitrenko, I.A., Tremblay, J.-E., Ehn, J.K., Assmy, P., Daase, M., Candlish, L.M. and Rysgaard, S. (2015). Selected physical, biological and biogeochemical implications of a rapidly changing Arctic Marginal Sea Ice Zone. Progress in Oceanography, 139, 122-150.
    20.  Leu, E., Mundy, C.J., Assmy, P., Campbell, K., Gabrielsen, T.M., Gosselin, M., Juul-Pedersen, T. and Gradinger, R. (2015). Arctic spring awakening – steering principles behind the phenology of vernal ice algae blooms. Progress in Oceanography, 139, 151-170.
    21.  Duarte, P., Assmy, P., Hop, H., Spreen, G., Gerland, S. and Hudson, S.R. (2015). Modeling potentials and limitations for estimating production of ice algae in the Arctic Ocean. Journal of Marine Systems, 145, 69-90.
    22.  Thiele, S., Wolf, C., Schulz, I.K., Assmy, P., Metfies, K. and Fuchs, B.M. (2014). Stable composition of the nano- and picoplankton community during the iron fertilization experiment LOHAFEX. PLOS ONE, 9(11), e113244.
    23.  Assmy, P., Cisewski, B., Henjes, J., Klaas, C., Montresor, M. and Smetacek, V. (2014). Response of the protozooplankton assemblage during the European Iron Fertilization Experiment (EIFEX) in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Journal of Plankton Research, 36(5), 1175-1189.
    24.  Latasa, M., Henjes, J., Scharek, R., Assmy, P., Röttgers, R. and Smetacek, V. (2014). Progressive decoupling between phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing during an iron-induced phytoplankton bloom in the Southern Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 513, 39-50.
    25.  Ebersbach, F., Assmy, P., Martin, P., Schulz, I.K., Wolzenburg, S., Nöthig, E.-M. (2014). Particle flux characterisation and sedimentation patterns of protistan plankton during the iron fertilization experiment LOHAFEX in the Southern Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 89, 94-103.
    26.  Armbrecht, L.H., Smetacek, V. Assmy, P. and Klaas, C. (2014). Cell death and aggregate formation in the giant diatom Coscinodiscus wailesii (Gran & Angst, 1931). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 452, 31-39.
    27.  Lydersen, C., Assmy, P., Falk-Petersen, S., Kohler, J., Kovacs, K.M., Reigstad, M., Steen, H., Strøm, H., Sundfjord, A., Varpe, Ø., Walczowskic, W., Weslawskic, J.M. and Zajaczkowskic, M. (2014). The importance of glacier fronts for marine mammals and seabirds in Svalbard, Norway. Journal of Marine Systems, 129, 452-471.
    28.  Nomura, D., Granskog, M.A, Assmy, P., Simizu, D. and Hashida, G. (2013). Arctic and Antarctic sea ice acts as a sink for atmospheric CO2 during periods of snow melt and surface flooding. Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 118, 1-14, doi: 10.1002/2013JC009048
    29.  Assmy, P., Smetacek, V., Montresor, M., Klaas, C., Henjes, J., Strass, V.H., Arrieta, J.M., Bathmann, U., Berg, G.M., Breitbarth, E., Cisewski, B., Friedrichs, L., Fuchs, N., Herndl, G.J., Jansen, S., Krägefsky, S., Latasa, M., Peeken, I., Röttgers, R., Scharek, R., Schüller, S.S., Steigenberger, S., Webb, A., and Wolf-Gladrow, D. (2013). Thick-shelled, grazer-protected diatoms decouple ocean carbon and silicon cycles in the iron-limited Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(51), 20633-20638, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1309345110.
    30.  Assmy, P., Ehn, J.K., Fernández-Méndez, M., Hop, H., Katlein, C., Sundfjord, A., Bluhm, K., Daase, M., Engel, A., Fransson, A., Granskog, M.A., Hudson, S.R., Kristiansen, S., Nicolaus, M., Peeken, I., Renner, A.H.H., Spreen, G., Tatarek, A. and Wiktor, J. (2013). Floating ice-algal aggregates below melting Arctic sea ice. PLOS ONE, 8(10), e76599.
    31.  Fuchs, N., Scalco, E., Kooistra, W.H.C.F., Assmy, P., and Montresor, M. (2013). Genetic characterization and life cycle of the diatom Fragilariopsis kerguelensis. European Journal of Phycology, 48(4), 411-426.
    32.  Nomura, D., Assmy, P., Nehrke, G., Granskog, M.A., Fischer, M., Dieckmann, G.S., Fransson, A., Hu, Y. and Schnetger, B. (2013). Characterization of ikaite (CaCO3 x 6H2O) crystals in first-year Arctic sea ice north of Svalbard. Annals of Glaciology, 54, 125-131.
    33.  Smetacek, V., Klaas, C., Strass, V.H., Assmy, P., Montresor, M., Cisewski, B., Savoye, N., Webb, A., D’Ovidio, F., Arrieta, J.M., Bathmann, U., Bellerby, R., Berg, G.M., Croot, P., Gonzalez, S., Henjes, J., Herndl, G.J., Hoffmann, L.J., Leach, H., Losch, M., Mills, M.M., Neill, C., Peeken, I., Röttgers, R., Sachs, O., Sauter, E., Schmidt, M.M., Schwarz, J., Terbrüggen, A. and Wolf-Gladrow, D. (2012). Deep carbon export from a Southern Ocean iron-fertilized diatom bloom. Nature, 487, 313-319.
    34.  Leblanc, K., Arıstegui, J., Armand, L., Assmy, P., Beker, B., Bode, A., Breton, E.,  Cornet, V., Gibson, J., Gosselin, M.-P., Kopczynska, E., Marshall, H., Peloquin, J., Piontkovski, S., Poulton, A.J., Queguiner, B., Schiebel, R., Shipe, R., Stefels, J., van Leeuwe, M.A., Varela, M., Widdicombe, C., and Yallop, M. (2012). A global diatom database – abundance, biovolume and biomass in the world ocean. Earth System Science Data Discussions, 4, 149 – 165.
    35.  Ligowski, R., Jordan, R.W. and Assmy, P. (2012). Morphological adaptation of a planktonic diatom to growth in Antarctic sea ice. Marine Biology, 159, 817-827.
    36.  Geibert, W., Assmy, P., Bakker, D.C.E., Hanfland, C., Hoppema, M., Pichevin, L.E., Schröder, M., Schwarz, J.N., Stimac, I., Usbeck, R. and Webb, A. (2010). High productivity in an ice melting hotspot at the eastern boundary of the Weddell Gyre. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24 GB3007, doi:10.1029/2009GB003657 .
    37.  Gaebler-Schwarz, S., Davidson, A., Assmy, P., Chen, J., Henhes, J., Nöthig, E.-M., Lunau, M. and Medlin, L.K. (2010). A new cell stage in the haploid-diploid life cycle of the colony-forming haptophyte Phaeocystis antarctica and its ecological implications. Journal of Phycology, 46(5), 1006-1016.
    38.  Kooistra, W.H.C.F., Sarno, D., Hernandez-Becerril, D.U., Assmy, P., Di Prisco, C. and Montresor, M. (2010). Comparative molecular and morphological phylogenetic analyses of taxa in the Chaetocerotaceaea (Bacillariophyta). Phycologia, 49(5), 471-500.
    39.  Assmy, P. and Smetacek, V. (2009). Algal blooms, In: Encyclopedia of Microbiology, (Moselio Schaechter, Editor), Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 27-41.
    40.  Michels, J., Dieckmanna, G.S., Thomas, D.N., Schnack-Schiel, S.B., Krell, a., Assmy, P., Kennedy, H., Papadimitrioub,S., Cisewskia, B. (2008). Short-term biogenic particle flux under late spring sea ice in the western Weddell Sea, Deep-Sea Research II, 55, 1024-1039.
    41.  Assmy, P., Hernandez-Becerril, D.U. and Montresor, M. (2008). Morphological variability and life cycle traits of the type species of the diatom genus Chaetoceros, C. dichaeta. Journal of Phycology, 44, 152-163.
    42.  Henjes, J., Assmy, P. (2008). Particle availability controls agglutination in pelagic tintinnids in the Southern Ocean. Protist, 159, 239-250.
    43.  Assmy, P. (2008). 2nd Neogene Polar Marine Diatom Workshop, 4-10th August 2007, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA or alternatively mutual learning between a plankton ecologist and micropalaeontologists. Diatom Research, 23, 263-265.
    44.  Assmy, P., Henjes, J, Klaas, C. and Smetacek, V. (2007). Mechanisms determining species dominance in a phytoplankton bloom induced by the iron fertilization experiment EisenEx in the Southern Ocean. Deep-Sea Research I, 54, 340-362.
    45.  Henjes, J., Assmy, P., Klaas, C., Verity, P. and Smetacek, V. (2007a). Response of microzooplankton (protists and small copepods) to an iron-induced phytoplankton bloom in the Southern Ocean (EisenEx). Deep-Sea Research I, 54, 363-384.
    46.  Henjes, J, Assmy, P., Klaas, C. and Smetacek, V. (2007b). Response of the larger protozooplankton to an iron-induced phytoplankton bloom in the Polar Frontal Zone of the Southern Ocean (EisenEx). Deep-Sea Research I, 54, 774-791.
    47.  Croot, P. L., Passow, U., Assmy, P., Jansen, S. and Strass, V. H. (2007). Surface active substances in the upper water column during a Southern Ocean Iron Fertilization Experiment (EIFEX), Geophysical Research Letters, 34, doi:10.1029/2006GL028080.
    48.  Hoffmann, L. J., Peeken, I., Lochte, K., Assmy P. and Veldhuis, M.J.W. (2006). Different reactions of Southern Ocean phytoplankton size classes to iron fertilization. Limnology and oceanography, 51(3), 1217-1229.
    49.  Assmy, P., Henjes, J., Smetacek, V. and Montresor M. (2006). Auxospore formation by the silica-sinking, oceanic diatom Fragilariopsis kerguelensis (BACILLARIOPHYCEAE), Journal of Phycology, 42, 1002-1006.
    50.  De Baar, H. J. W., Boyd, P.W., Coale, K.H., Landry, M.R., Tsuda, A., Assmy, P., Bakker, D.C.E., Bozec, Y., Barber, R.T., Brzezinski, M.A., Buesseler, K.O., Boye, M., Croot, P.L., Gervais, F., Gorbunov, M.Y., Harrison, P.J., Hiscock, W.T., Laan, P., Lancelot, C., Law, C.S., Levasseur, M., Marchetti, A., Millero, F.J., Nishioka, J., Nojiri, Y., van Oijen, T., Riebesell, U., Rijkenberg, M.J.A., Saito, H., Takeda, S., Timmermans, K.R., Veldhuis, M.J.W., Waite, A.M. and Wong, C.-S. (2005). Synthesis of iron fertilization experiments: From the Iron Age in the Age of Enlightenment, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 110. doi: 10.1029/2004JC002601.
    51.  Smetacek V., Assmy P., Henjes J. (2004). The role of grazing in structuring Southern Ocean pelagic ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles, Antarctic Science, 16 (4), pp. 541-558.

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Emmelie Åström

Post-doctoral researcher

Research interests:
  • Arctic cold seeps
  • Chemosynthetic carbon sources
  • Barents Sea ecosystem
  • Benthic ecology.
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UiT The Arctic University of NorwayArctic and Marine Biology Work address Department of Arctic and Marine Biology Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics UiT The Arctic University of Norway Tromsø 9037 Norway Work Phone: +47 77 64 53 35

Research interests:

  • Arctic cold seeps
  • Chemosynthetic carbon sources
  • Barents Sea ecosystem
  • Benthic ecology.

Project title:

The impact of chemosynthetic carbon sources in marine food webs at Arctic cold seeps

Project objective:

Understand the extent to which methane-derived carbon from cold seeps (originating from petroleum/gas reservoirs) is incorporated into higher trophic level organisms in the Barents Sea.

Project duration: 01.06.2018 – 31.05.2021

Project manager: Bodil Bluhm

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Sen A., Åström, E.K.L., Hong W-L., Portnov A., Waage M., Serov P., Carroll, M.L., and Carroll, J. (2018) Geophysical and geochemical controls on the megafaunal community of a high Arctic cold seep. Biogeosciences 15, 4533–4559 doi: 10.5194/bg-15-4533-2018
  2. Åström E.K.L., Carroll M.L., Sen, A., Ambrose Jr W.G., Silyakova A and Carroll, J. (2018). Methane Cold Seeps as Biological Oases in the High-Arctic Deep-Sea. Limnology & Oceanography doi:10.1002/lno.10732
  3. Åström, E. K. L., Oliver, P. G. & Carroll, M. L. (2017). A new genus and two new species of Thyasiridae associated with methane seeps off Svalbard, Arctic Ocean. Mar. Biol. Res. 13, 402–416 doi:10.1080/17451000.2016.1272699
  4. Åström, E. K., Carroll, M. L., Ambrose Jr, W. G., & Carroll, J. (2016). Arctic cold seeps in marine methane hydrate environments: impacts on shelf macrobenthic community structure offshore Svalbard. Marine Ecology Progress Series552, 1-18.
  5. Ambrose, W.G., Panieri, G., Schneider, A., Plaza-Faverola, A., Carroll, M.L., Åström, E.K.L., Locke, W.L., Carroll, J., 2015. Bivalve shell horizons in seafloor pockmarks of the last glacial-interglacial transition: a thousand years of methane emissions in the Arctic Ocean. Geochemistry, Geophys. Geosystems 16, 4108–4129. doi:10.1002/2015GC005980

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Starrlight Augustine


Research interests:
  • Finding the simplest organisation principles for metabolism upon which all life is based
  • Comparing species sensitivity to stressors on the basis of energy budgets
  • Developmental energetics
  • Energetics of starvation
  • Mixotrophy
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Akvaplan-nivaArctic R&D Work address Akvaplan-niva AS Fram Centre Tromsø 9296 Norway Work Phone: +47 77 75 03 57 Website: Calls for papers for the 2017 Special Issue on DEB are now open

Research interests:

  • Finding the simplest organisation principles for metabolism upon which all life is based
  • Comparing species sensitivity to stressors on the basis of energy budgets
  • Developmental energetics
  • Energetics of starvation
  • Mixotrophy
  • Read more here.

Important links:

  • Add-my-pet aims to collect:
    • referenced data on the energetics of animal species, such that the parameters of the standard Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model, and those of its different variants, can be estimated
    • code for estimating DEB parameters from these data
    • DEB parameter estimates
    • properties of species that are implied by these parameters
  • DEBwiki – A collaborative mediawiki powered encyclopedia for Dynamic Energy Budget theory
  • DEBnet – International DEB network comprising experts in a wide range of fields (aquaculture, ecotoxicology, mathematics, economics, ecology and more)

Educational activities:

Current projects:

  • Intelligent environmental risk assessment (11/2016-03/2018)
  • Modelling population dynamics using Dynamic Energy Models: application to risk assessment of chemical mixtures (more info here) (11/2015-11/2017)
  • Integrating eco-physiologcial and -toxicological data into marine ecosystem-based management (more info here) (01/2016-12/2018)
  • Dynamic Energy Budgets of polar cod (01/2016-12/2017)

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Augustine, S. (2017) Maturity as quantifier for physiological time: Comment on “Physics of metabolic organization” by Marko Jusup et al. 20:40-42 Physics of Life Revs
  2. Ashauer, R., Albert, C., Augustine, S., Cedergreen, N., Charles, S., Ducrot, V., et al. (2016) Modelling survival: Exposure pattern, species sensitivity and uncertainty 6: 29178 Scientific Reports
  3. van der Molen, J., van Beek, J., Augustine, S., Vansteenbrugge, L., van Walraven, L., Langenberg, V., van der Veer, H., Hostens, K., and Robbens, J. (2015) Modelling survival and connectivity of Mnemiopsis leidyi in the southern North Sea and Scheldt estuaries. 11:405-424 Ocean Sci
  4. Beaudouin, R., Goussen, B., Piccini, B., Augustine, S., Brion, F., Devillers, J. and Péry, A.R.R. (2015) An Individual-Based Model of Zebrafish Population Dynamics. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0125841. doi:10.1371/journal
  5. Augustine S., Floriani, M., Camilleri, V. Gagnaire B., Kooijman S. A. L. M. and Adam-Christelle, C. (2015) Uranium induced alteration of zebrafish (Danio rerio) gut wall. 142:45-53. J Envir Radioactivity
  6. Augustine, S., Jaspers, C., Kooijman, S. A. L. M., Carlotti, F.,  Poggiale, J.-C., Freitas, V.,  van der Veer, H. and van Walraven. L. Mechanisms behind the metabolic flexibility of an invasive comb jelly. 94:156-165. J Sea Res
  7. Augustine, S., Rosa, S., Kooijman, S. A. L. M., Carlotti, F. and Poggiale, J.-C. (2014) Modelling the eco-physiology of the purple mauve stinger, Pelagia noctiluca using Dynamic Energy Budget theory. 94:52-64. J Sea Res
  8. Lika, K.,  Augustine, S., Pecquerie, L. and Kooijman, S. A. L. M. (2014) The bijection from data to parameter space with the standard deb model quantifies the supply-demand spectrum. 354:35-47 J Theor  Biol
  9. Augustine S., Gagnaire B., Adam-Christelle C. and Kooijman S. A. L. M. (2012) Impact of uranium on the metabolism of zebrafish, Danio rerio. 118-119:9-26. Aquatic Toxicol
  10. Mueller C., Augustine S., Kearney M. R., Kooijman S. A. L. M. and Seymour R. (2012) Tradeoffs between maturation and growth during accelerated development in frogs. 163:103-110. Com. Biochem Physiol A
  11. Augustine S., Litvak M. K and Kooijman S.A.L.M. (2011) Stochastic feeding of fish larvae and their metabolic handling of starvation. 66:411-418. J Sea Res
  12. Kooijman S. A. L. M., Pecquerie L., Augustine S. and Jusup M. (2011) Scenarios for acceleration in fish development and the role of metamorphosis. 66:419-423. J Sea Res
  13. Augustine S., Gagnaire B., Adam-Christelle C. and Kooijman S. A. L. M. (2011) Developmental energetics of zebrafish, Danio rerio. 159 (3):275-283. J Comp Biochem Physiol A