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Paul Wassmann

Professor 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 44 59
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Research interests:

  • Arctic marine system ecology
  • Vertical flux and flux regulation
  • Flux of carbon in marine ecosystems as a function of trophic state and climate change
  • Physical-biological coupled 3-D models of pelagic primary production as well as new and export production
  • Dynamics of Phaeocystis-dominated ecosystems.

Running national and international projects:

  • Statoil ARCTOS LoVe Marine Ecosystem Project
  • Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration (ARCEx)
  • World leading research group on the productive marginal ice zone
  • Nansen legacy
  • Environmental Waste Management (EWMA)
  • Bridging productivity regimes in the Arctic Ocean (CarbonBridge)

Completed national and international projects.

  • Skadelige alger
  • NAPP
  • ALV
  • Integrated Arctic Ocean Observatory System (iAOOS) – Norway: Closing the loop
  • MERCLIM Marine Ecosystem Response to a changing CLIMate
  • Eutrophication and sedimentation in the Gulf of Riga
  • CONFLUX – Vertical flux regulation in the upper twilight zone

Relevant scientific publications (last five years):

  1. JM Holding, CM Duarte, M Sanz-Martín, E Mesa, JM Arrieta, M Chierici, IE Hendriks, LS García-Corral, A Regaudie-de-Gioux, A Delgado, M Reigstad, P Wassmann, S Agustí (2015) Temperature dependence of CO2-enhanced primary production in the European Arctic Ocean. Nature Climate Change
  2. P Wassmann (2015) Overarching perspectives of contemporary and future ecosystems in the Arctic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography
  3. P Wassmann, KN Kosobokova, D Slagstad, KF Drinkwater, RR Hopcroft, SE Moore, I Ellingsen, RJ Nelson, E Carmack, E Popova, J Berge (2015) The contiguous domains of Arctic Ocean advection: trails of life and death. Progress in Oceanography
  4. Levin, Lisa A.; Liu, Kon-Kee; Emeis, Kay-Christian; Breitburg, Denise L; Cloern, James; Deutsch, Curtis; Giani, Michele; Goffart, Anne; Hofmann, Eileen E.; Lachkar, Zouhair; Limburg, Karin E; Liu, Su-Mei; Montes, Enrique; Naqvi, Wajih; Ragueneau, Olivier; Rabouille, Christophe; Sarkar, Santosh K.; Swaney, Dennis P.; Wassmann, Paul; Wishner, Karen F. Comparative biogeochemistry–ecosystem–human interactions on dynamic continental margins. Journal of Marine Systems 2014; Volum 141. ISSN 0924-7963.s 3 – 17.s doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2014.04.016.
  5. Garcia-Corral, Lara S; Agusti, Susana; Regaudie-de-Gioux, Aurore; Iuculano, Francesca; Carrillo-de-Albornoz, Paloma; Wassmann, Paul; Duarte, Carlos M.. Ultraviolet radiation enhances Arctic net plankton community production. Geophysical Research Letters 2014; Volum 41 (6). ISSN 0094-8276.s 5960 – 5967.s doi: 10.1002/2014GL060553.
  6. Coello-Camba, Alexandra; Agusti, Susana; Vaqué, Dolors; Holding, Johnna; Arrieta, Jesus M.; Wassmann, Paul; Duarte, Carlos M.. Experimental Assessment of Temperature Thresholds for Arctic Phytoplankton Communities. Estuaries and Coasts 2014. ISSN 1559-2723.s doi: 10.1007/s12237-014-9849-7.
  7. Tamelander, Tobias; Reigstad, Marit; Olli, Kalle; Slagstad, Dag; Wassmann, Paul. New production regulates export stoichiometry in the ocean. PLoS ONE 2013; Volum 8 (1). ISSN 1932-6203.s doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054027.
  8. Polyakov, Igor V; Bhatt, Uma; Walsh, John E.; Abrahamsen, Einar Povl; Pnyushkov, A.V.; Wassmann, Paul. Recent oceanic changes in the Arctic in the context of long-term observations. (fulltekst) Ecological Applications 2013; Volum 23 (8). ISSN 1051-0761.s 1745 – 1764.s doi: 10.1890/11-0902.1.
  9. Lara, Elena; Arrieta, Jesus M; Garcia-Zarandona, Inigo; Boras, Julia A; Duarte, Carlos M; Agusti, Susana; Wassmann, Paul; Vaque, Dolores. Experimental evaluation of the warming effect on viral, bacterial and protistan communities in two contrasting Arctic systems. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 2013; Volum 70 (1). ISSN 0948-3055.s 17 – 32.s doi: 10.3354/ame01636.
  10. Vaquer-Sunyer, Raquel; Duarte, Carlos M.; Regaudie-de-Gioux, A; Holding, Johnna; García-Corral, LS; Reigstad, Marit; Wassmann, Paul. Seasonal patterns in Arctic planktonic metabolism (Fram Strait – Svalbard region). Biogeosciences 2013; Volum 10. ISSN 1726-4170.s 1451 – 1469.s doi: 10.5194/bg-10-1451-2013.
  11. Holding, Johnna; Duarte, Carlos M.; Arrieta, Jesús M.; Vaquer-Suyner3, Riser; Coello-Camba, Alexandra; Wassmann, Paul; Agusti, Susana. Experimentally determined temperature thresholds for Arctic plankton community metabolism. Biogeosciences 2013; Volum 10 (1). ISSN 1726-4170.s 357 – 370.s doi: 10.5194/bg-10-357-2013.
  12. Wassmann, Paul; Lenton, Timothy. Arctic Tipping Points in an Earth System Perspective. Ambio 2012; Volum 41 (1). ISSN 0044-7447.s 1 – 9.s doi: 10.1007/s13280-011-0230-9.
  13. Duarte, Carlos M.; Agusti, Susana; Wassmann, Paul; Arrieta, Jesus; Alcaraz, Miguel; Coello, A; Marba, Nuria; Hendriks, Iris; Holding, Johnna; García-Zarandona, Inigo; Kritzberg, Emma; Vaqué, Dolors. Tipping Elements in the Arctic Marine Ecosystem. Ambio 2012; Volum 41 (1). ISSN 0044-7447.s 44 – 55.s doi: 10.1007/s13280-011-0224-7.
  14. Wassmann, Paul; Duarte, Carlos M.; Lenton, Timothy; Wadhams, Peter. Abrupt climate change in the Arctic. Nature Climate Change 2012; Volum 2. ISSN 1758-678X.s 60 – 62.s doi: 10.1038/nclimate1386.
  15. Slagstad, Dag; Ellingsen, Ingrid H.; Wassmann, Paul Friedrich. Evaluating primary and secondary production in an Arctic Ocean void of summer sea ice: An experimental simulation approach. Progress in Oceanography 2011; Volum 90 (1-4). ISSN 0079-6611.s 117 – 131.s doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.02.009.
  16. Wassmann, Paul. Arctic marine ecosystems in an era of rapid climate change. Progress in Oceanography 2011; Volum 90 (1-4). ISSN 0079-6611.s 1 – 17.s doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.02.002.
  17. Ellingsen, Ingrid H.; Slagstad, Dag; Broch, O.J.; Wassmann, Paul; Bellerby, Richard. Climate change effects on marine Arctic ecosytems. META 2011; Volum 4. ISSN 1890-2987.s 6 – 9.
  18. Wassmann, Paul; Reigstad, Marit. Future Arctic Ocean Seasonal Ice Zones and Implications for Pelagic-Benthic Coupling. Oceanography 2011; Volum 24 (3). ISSN 1042-8275.s 220 – 231.
  19. Wassmann, Paul Friedrich; Duarte, Carlos; Agusti, Susana; Sejr, Mikael K. Footprints of climate change in the Arctic marine ecosystem. Global Change Biology 2011; Volum 17 (2). ISSN 1354-1013.s 1235 – 1249.s doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02311.x.
  20. Reigstad, Marit; Carroll, Jolynn; Slagstad, Dag; Ellingsen, Ingrid H.; Wassmann, Paul. Intra-regional comparison of productivity, carbon flux and ecosystem composition within the northern Barents Sea. Progress in Oceanography 2011; Volum 90 (1-4). ISSN 0079-6611.s 33 – 46.s doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.02.005.
  21. Wassmann, Paul Friedrich; Slagstad, Dag; Ellingsen, Ingrid H.. Primary production and climatic variability in the European sector of the Arctic Ocean prior to 2007: preliminary results. Polar Biology 2010; Volum 33 (12). ISSN 0722-4060.s 1641 – 1650.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0839-3.
  22. Wexels Riser, Christian; Reigstad, Marit; Wassmann, Paul. Zooplankton-mediated carbon export: A seasonal study in a northern Norwegian fjord. Marine Biology Research 2010; Volum 6 (5). ISSN 1745-1000.s 461 – 471.s doi: 10.1080/17451000903437067.
  23. Vaquer-Sunyer, Raquel; Duarte, Carlos; Santiago, Rocío; Wassmann, Paul Friedrich; Reigstad, Marit. Experimental evaluation of planktonic respiration response to warming in the European Arctic Sector. Polar Biology 2010; Volum 33 (12). ISSN 0722-4060.s 1661 – 1671.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0788-x.
  24. Kritzberg, Emma; Duarte, Carlos; Wassmann, Paul Friedrich. Changes in Arctic marine bacterial carbon metabolism in response to increasing temperature. Polar Biology 2010; Volum 33 (12). ISSN 0722-4060.s 1673 – 1682.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0799-7.
  25. Forest, Alexandre; Wassmann, Paul Friedrich; Slagstad, Dag; Bauerfeind, Eduard; Nöthig, Eva-Maria; Klages, Michael. Relationships between primary production and vertical particle export at the Atlantic-Arctic boundary (Fram Strait, HAUSGARTEN). Polar Biology 2010; Volum 33 (12). ISSN 0722-4060.s 1733 – 1746.s doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0855-3.

Popular science and outreach:

  1. Book: Arctic Tipping Points
  2. Book: Svalbard Life
  3. Book: Drainage basin nutrient inputs and eutrophication: an integrated approach
  4. Wassmann, P. (1981). Livet i Solar Lake, et lite soloppvarmet vann på Sinai-halvøya. Naturen 4-5: 147-151.
  5. Wassmann, P. (1982 a). Korallrev: Form og dannelse. Naturen 2: 55-60.
  6. Wassmann, P. (1982 b). Oaser i dyphavet: De siste årtiers største marinbiologiske oppdagelse? Naturen 5-6: 174-180.
  7. Wassmann, P. (1983). Poller: Særegne områder langs den Norske kyst. Naturen 5-6: 197-206.
  8. Wassmann, P. (1986 a). Organisk materiale i det marine miljø: Kilder. Naturen 1:8-15.
  9. Wassmann, P. (1986 b). Organisk materiale i det marine miljø: Sedimentering. Naturen 3: 108-112.
  10. Wassmann, P. (1986 c). Organisk materiale i det marine miljø. Stoffskifteprosesser og nedbrytning. Naturen 4: 148-155.
  11. Wassmann, P. & E. Sakshaug (1987). Barentshavets økologiske grunntrekk. Naturen 4:151-158
  12. Wassmann, P. (1988). Havets betydning for den globale karbonsysklus. Naturen 4: 133-138
  13. Wassmann, P. (1989). Bermudas hårfine økologiske balanse. Naturen 3:135-148
  14. Wassmann, P. (1990). Kultivering eller ødeleggelse av det marine miljø? Konsekvenser av økt tilførsel av næringssalter. Comments to a contriubtion of H. Gjøsaether. Norsk Fiskerikandidat Forening Årbok 1990.
  15. Wassmann, P. (1991). Klimaforandringer og vertikal fluks i havet. Kjemi; Spesialutgave “Global oppvarming og drivhuseffekt”: 39-40.
  16. Wassmann, P., Elverhøy, A. (1992). Sedimentering og nedbrytning av biogent matriale. In: Sakshaug et al. (eds.) Økosystem Barentshavet. 161-168.
  17. Wassmann, P., Andrushatis, A. (1993). Overgjødsling i Østersjøen og Rigabukten. Naturen 5: 205-213.
  18. Keck, A., Wassmann, P. (1993). Den sibiriske kontinentalsokkel og Polhavet. I. Klima, elver, is og fysisk oseanografi. Naturen 5: 227-234
  19. Keck, A., Wassmann, P. (1993). Den sibirske kontinentalsokkel og Polhavet. II. Betydning for den globale karbonkretsløp? Naturen 6: 264-272.
  20. Wassmann, P. (1994). Utslipp av biogene gasser gjennom havoverflaten. Naturen 5: 216-221.
  21. Wassmann, P., Merino. M. (1994). Det perfekte feriested: Fra høytflyvende drømmer til nedslående virklighet. Den karibiske perlen Cancún, Mexico. Naturen 3:105-111.
  22. Svendsen, H. & Wassmann, P. (1998). Strømmer og plankton i fjordene. In: Kystøkologi, den resursrike norskekysten. Universitetsforlaget, Oslo, pp. 79-101.
  23. Wassmann, P. & D. Slagstad (1998). Klimatisk påvirkning av produktivitet i Barentshavet: anvendelse av numerisk modellering. Naturen 1: 31-46.
  24. Wassmann, P. (1998). Oppstrømning og produktivitet langs den Atlantiske delen av den Iberiske halvøy. Naturen 5: 249-256.
  25. Stålnakcke, P. & P. Wassmann (2000). Rigabukten – renere enn vi trott. Forskning och Framsteg, 6: 34-39.
  26. Wassmann, P. & P. Stålnacke (2000). Forskning på främmande vilkor. Forskning och Framsteg. 6: 38-39.
  27. Stålnacke, P., Wassmann, P., Janssons, V. & Andrushaitis, A, (2000). The Gulf of Riga – cleaner than expected. WWF Baltic Bulletin 2/2000: 21-23.