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Pernilla Carlsson

Scientist Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)Section for contaminants in aquatic environments
Work address Norwegian Institute for Water Research Framcenter Hjalmar Johansens gate 14 Tromsø 9007 Norway
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Research interests:

I am an environmental/analytical chemist with a background in marine chemistry as well. My main areas of research interest are bioaccumulation of environmental pollutants in Arctic marine and limnic food webs. Another area of interest is how climate change affects environmental processes that are important for understanding the fate and occurrence of contaminants in the Arctic. I have used enantiomer selective analyses to understand more about transfer and fate of pesticides in Arctic waters.

I am involved in assessments and reports for Arctic Monitoring Assessment Programme (AMAP) as well, focusing on emerging contaminants and combined effects of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Scientific diving is a tool I use as much as possible in my research. Certain experiments and sampling cannot be achieved without diving. Other techniques for sampling organic pollutants are passive sampling (water) that is a very useful way of taking samples in the Arctic.

Running projects:

FlammePlank, Svalbard environmental fund project on occurrence of new flame retardants in Svalbard.

Scientific publications:

  1. Carlsson, P., Pawlak, J., Wilson, S., Christensen, J.H., Borgå, K., Aspmo Pfaffhuber, K., Odland, J.Ø., Kallenborn, R., Reiersen, L-O. Influence of Climate Change on Transport, Levels, and Effects of Contaminants in Northern Areas. Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) and AMAP. –planned 2016
  2. Carlsson, P., Crosse, J.D., Halsall, C., Evenset, A., Heimstad, E.S., Harju, M., 2016a. Perfluoroalkylated substances (PFASs) and legacy persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in halibut and shrimp from coastal areas in the far north of Norway: Small survey of important dietary foodstuffs for coastal communities. Marine Pollution Bulletin.
  3. Carlsson, P., Literák, J., Dušek, L., Hofman, J., Bucheli, T.D., Klánová, J., 2016b. Temporal and spatial variability of enantiomeric fractions (EFs) of chiral organochlorines in relation to soil properties. J. Soils Sediments, 1-9.
  4. Carlsson, P., Warner, N.A., Hallanger, I.G., Herzke, D., Kallenborn, R., 2014. Spatial and temporal distribution of chiral pesticides in Calanus spp. from three Arctic fjords. Environ Pollut 192, 154-161.
  5. Carlsson, P., Herzke, D., Kallenborn, R., 2014. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFASs) in traditional sea-food items from western Greenland. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21, 4741-4750.
  6. Carlsson, P., Herzke, D., Kallenborn, R., 2014. Enantiomer-Selective and Quantitative Trace Analysis of Selected Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) in Traditional Food from Western Greenland. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A 77, 616-627.
  7. Kallenborn, K., Halsall, C., Dellong, M., Carlsson, P. 2012. The influence of climate change on the global distribution and fate processes of anthropogenic persistent organic pollutants. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 14, 2854-2869.
  8. Carlsson, P., Cornelissen, G., Bøghild, C.E., Rysgaard, S., Mortensen, J. Kallenborn, R. 2012. Hydrology-linked spatial distribution of pesticides in a fjordsystem in Greenland. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 14 (5), 1437-1443.

Popular science and outreach:

  • Fram-dagen Nov 2015; dykking for vitenskap
  • Invited key note speaker at Arctic Frontiers, Tromsø, Norway 2014
  • Invited for presentation at “Svalbardseminarene”, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, February 2014
  • Qualification in local final of “Forsker Grand Prix”, Tromsø to participation in the nationalfinal in Oslo, September 2013
  • Project leader for the Svalbard environmental fund project “POPjakt i skolen”, 2010-2012. An outreach project together with the school in Longyearbyen.