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Vanessa Pitusi

PhD Candidate UNIS – The University Centre in SvalbardArctic Biology
Work address UNIS – The University Centre in Svalbard Post box 156 Longyearbyen 9171 Norway
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PhD project title:

Biodiversity of sympagic meiofauna in Svalbard.

PhD project description:

To study the biodiversity of sympagic meiofauna in sea ice in Svalbard using an integrative taxonomy based approach, and to determine the role of sea ice for this fauna.

Start date: 01.05.2021
Planned submission date: 30.04.2023


Janne Søreide (UNIS, Svalbard)
Kim Præbel (UiT, Tromsø, Norway)
Oleksandr Holovachov (Swedish Museum of Natural History)

Scientific publications:

  1. Pitusi, V., Søreide, J.E., Hassett, B.T. et al.The occurrence of Nematoda in coastal sea ice on Svalbard (European Arctic) determined with the 18S small subunit rRNA gene. Polar Biol 44, 1153–1162 (2021).
  2. Søreide JE, Pitusi V, Vader A et al (2021) Environmental status of Svalbard coastal waters: coastscapes and focal ecosystem components (SvalCoast). In: Moreno-Ibáñez et al (eds) SESS report 2020, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen, pp 142–175. Accessed 15 Jan 2021
  3. Andreasen, M.H., Søreide, J., Øvreås, L., Pitusi, V., Marquardt, M. (in progess). First insight into the coastal sea ice fauna in Eastern Svalbard. Frontiers in Marine Science.
  4. Marquardt, M., Majaneva, S., Pitusi, V. et al. Polar Biology (2017). – Pan-Arctic distribution of the hydrozoan Sympagohydra tuuli? First record in sea ice from Svalbard (European Arctic).

Popular Science and Outreach:

27.05.2021: Teamwork makes dream work
22.05.2021: Hidden biodiversity inside of Svalbard’s sea ice
30.09.2020: Stepping back into the past – UNIS repeat a 30-year old beach study in Storfjorden
07.07.2020: 2020 – A good sea ice year in Svalbard?
22.05.2020: Biodiversity Day in Svalbard
09.07.2018: First record of the hydrozoan Sympagohydra tuuli in Svalbard sea ice
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