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Christine Dybwad

PhD candidate 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 55 70 Website: UiT profile Website: Arctic SIZE project
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PhD project title:

What sinks? Patterns and species composition of downward carbon export in a changing Arctic seasonal ice zone

Project description:

As the Arctic seasonal ice zone is experiencing rapid changes in thickness, drift and cover duration, subsequent changes are expected in the coupling between the ice and the pelagic realms. My PhD project will aim to track changes occurring on the species level in ice algae, phytoplankton and zooplankton and their relative contributions to vertical carbon export from the sea ice and under ice waters and out of the euphotic zone. Together with the other members of the Arctic SIZE project, we aim to get a comprehensive understanding of seasonal ice covered ecosystems in the northern Barents Sea and Svalbard region.

Start date: March 2017
Planned submission date: March 2021


Marit Reigstad (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway)

Paul Wassmann (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway)

Catherine Lalande (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)

Jørgen Berge (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway)

Relevant scientific publications:

  1. Wollenburg, J.E., Katlein, C., Nehrke, G., Nöthig, E.M., Matthiessen, J., Wolf-Gladrow, D.A., Nikolopoulos, A., Gázquez-Sanchez, F., Rossmann, L., Assmy, P., Babin, M., Bruyant, F., Beaulieu, M., Dybwad, C., and Peeken, I., 2018. Ballasting by cryogenic gypsum enhances carbon export in a Phaeocystis under-ice bloom. Scientific reports8(1), p.7703.
  2. Kowalczuk, P., Meler, J., Kauko, H.M., Pavlov, A.K., Zabłocka, M., Peeken, I., Dybwad, C., Castellani, G. and Granskog, M.A., 2017. Bio‐optical properties of Arctic drift ice and surface waters north of Svalbard from winter to spring. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans122(6), pp.4634-4660.
  3. Jacquin, L., Dybwad, C., Rolshausen, G., Hendry, A.P. and Reader, S.M., 2017. Evolutionary and immediate effects of crude-oil pollution: depression of exploratory behaviour across populations of Trinidadian guppies. Animal cognition20(1), pp.97-108.