ArcticABC project members

The ArcticABC project has many project partners from several institutes and countries. Below you can find a list of all of them, in no particular order. For further information please check out their homepages at their home institutes. 

Jørgen Berge

Professor Dr philos Jørgen Berge obtained a MSc (1996) and Dr philos degree (2000) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Became a professor in 2007, and has since 2012 held a position as Professor in Arctic marine biology at UiT and Adjunct professor at UNIS. Jørgen is currently head of the ARCTOS research network, deputy head of the Department for Arctic and Marine Biology at UiT, and project leader of four Mare Incognitum projects; CircA, GrønnBille, Marine Night and Arctic ABC.  See profile at

Asgeir Sørensen

Professor Asgeir J. Sørensen obtained MSc degree in Marine Technology in 1988 at NTNU, and PhD degree in Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU in 1993. Since 1999 Sørensen has held the position of Professor of Marine Control Systems at the Department of Marine Technology, NTNU. He is currently acting as the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) at the Departments of Marine Technology and Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU.


Boris Ivanov

Dr. Boris Ivanov has his main science interests in  climate change, oceanography of Svalbard fjords and snow surface contamination by industrial and nature process. He teaches at Saint-Petersburg State University in the Department of Geography (oceanography branch).

Bodil Bluhm

Bodil Bluhm is a Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and Affiliate Faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received her PhD in 2000 from the University of Bremen / Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Bodil was part of the lead team of the Arctic Ocean Diversity Census of Marine Life project and has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary Arctic ecosystem-focused projects in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas and Canada Basin over the past 15 years. Her interests are focused around biodiversity, food webs, cryo-pelagic-benthic coupling and ecology of sea ice and benthic communities, as well as pan-Arctic integration in light of tracking ecosystem response to climate variability and change. In this project, she will focus on the ecology of sea ice-associated fauna.

Daniel Vogedes

Daniel has a PhD in marine Biology with focus on zooplankton ecology and the effects of zooplankton abundance on an Arctic seabird. He is employed as technician in the Marine Night project based at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Part of his job is also the maintenance of the Mare Incognitum homepage, which is an umbrella for a number of projects at UiT and UNIS, all of them connected by several researchers from one or both of these institutes. In addition he has a 20% position as field technician at UNIS, financed through several of the Mare Incognitum project.

David Barber

Dr. Barber obtained his Bachelors (1981) and Masters (1987) from the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.  He was appointed to a faculty position at the University of Manitoba in 1993 and received a Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science ( in 2002.  He is currently Associate Dean (Research), CHR Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. Dr. Barber has extensive experience in the examination of the Arctic marine environment as a ‘system’, and the effect climate change has on this system. Dr. Barber has published over 200 articles in the peer reviewed literature pertaining to sea ice, climate change and physical-biological coupling in the Arctic marine system. He led the largest International Polar Year (IPY) project in the world, known as the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) system study. 

Eva Leu

Eva Leu is a researcher at Akvaplan-niva, working in the field of Marine Biology. Her main interest is in microalgae ecophysiology, and the physical-chemical-biological coupling at the bottom of the Arctic marine food web. Within Arctic ABC, Eva will focus on sea ice algae, and the possibility to monitor their biomass and physiology by autonomous instruments. Eva is leading another Mare Incognitum project: FAABulous: Future Arctic Algae Blooms – and their role in the context of climate change that studies how productivity regimes in the Arctic may change in the future. She has a PhD from the University in Oslo, and has worked at the Norwegian Polar Institute (CLEOPATRA project), and Alfred-Wegener-Institute. She is also involved in Marine Night, where she studies overwintering strategies of Arctic microalgae. 

Finlo Cottier

All the warm Atlantic Water that flows into the Arctic passes next to the west coast of Scotland, making for a natural link between Scotland, Norway and the Arctic.  Finlo Cottier is a Senior Lecturer in Polar Oceanography at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) which is based in Oban on the Scottish West Coast and has been working on multi-disciplinary arctic research projects for 15 years.  Finlo is also an Adjunct Professor at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway in the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology.  Finlo leads a new project funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council - Arctic PRIZE - that has further developed the links between SAMS and Norwegian Arctic research institutes.  SAMS has a history extending back 130 years to the Challenger Expedition and researchers at SAMS now explorer the oceans making use in the latest marine robotics.

Geir Johnsen

Geir Johnsen is a professor at Dept of biology Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU , Prof II at University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS)), and is one of the founding partners in a NTNU spin-off company Ecotone using new optical techniques for mapping and monitoring the marine environment. He has been at 1 years research stay at University of California at Santa Barbara (1992-93) and at Curtin University, Perth, Australia (2010-11). Adviser for 34 MSc and 12 PhD students graduated. Currently he advises 8 MSc and 5 PhD students, published >100 papers in international scientific journals and been a co-editor for the books "Ecosystem Barents Sea" (Tapir Academic Press) and  Phytoplankton pigments: Updates on Characterization, Chemotaxonomy and Applications in Oceanography (Cambridge University Press, 2011).  Research areas: Marine ecology and biodiversity, bio-optics, photosynthesis, pigment chemotaxonomy, underwater robotics and sensor development for in situ identification, mapping and monitoring of bio-geo-chemical objects of interest in the marine environment.

Gerald Darnis

Gérald Darnis is currently a postdoc at Akvaplan-niva in Tromsø and a member of the CircA project (CircA: Circadian rhythms of Arctic zooplankton from polar twilight to polar night – patterns, processes, and ecosystem implications) since 2013. He obtained a PhD in Oceanography from Université Laval, Canada (2013). His research focuses on zooplankton vertical migration and the importance of this process for the biogeochemical flux of carbon, mainly through active transport to the deep ocean. His task within the CircA project is to characterize the role of diel vertical migration (DVM) in the functioning of the biological pump in an Arctic fjord, Kongsfjorden. The ArcticABC project will provide an opportunity to study more thoroughly the importance of zooplankton DVM and SVM (Seasonal Vertical Migration) for the Arctic marine ecosystem on a more extensive spatial scale and under sea-ice cover.

Pedro De La Torre is an engineer at the Applied Underwater Robotics lab at NTNU, in Trondheim, Norway. He enjoys taking part in marine research activities where modern instruments and vehicles are necessary. In this project, he aims to improve the communication between scientists, engineers, and also takes care of some related tasks like operation logistics, engineering design and project image development.

Ingrid Ellingsen

Dr. Ingrid H. Ellingsen works as a Senior Researcher at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture. Her main qualifications are within ecological and hydrodynamic modelling, model development, coupled physical and biological processes and oceanography. Main research activities include modelling climate change effects on productivity of marine Arctic ecosystems. In Arctic ABC Ingrid will be involved in developing and running models to assess ecosystem effects of rapid changes in Arctic sea ice conditions.

Janne Søreide

Janne E. Søreide, associated professor at the University Centre in Svalbard, completed her Dr. scient (equal to PhD) at the University in Tromsø in 2007 on sympagic-pelagic-benthic coupling in Arctic marine ecosystems. She has continued her research on high-Arctic marine ecosystems, focusing on organisms’ timing of key life cycle events and their potential to adapt to a rapid changing Arctic. Her research rely on high resolution field studies throughout the year, including the polar night, combined with advanced laboratory measurements and experiments to determine key Arctic invertebrates’ nutritional, metabolic and reproductive status under different environmental conditions and seasons.  She is responsible for the master/PhD course AB-330/830: Ecosystems in ice covered waters and the bachelor level course AB-202: Marine Arctic Biology. During these courses important data for the Arctic ABC project  will be collected from landfast sea ice in Svalbard fjords and in the pack ice North of Svalbard, and students will learn how to sample and analyse sea ice as well as pelagic and benthic physical and biological data.

Jasmine Nahrgang 

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Marine Bioscience at the University of Delaware (USA).  His research is characterizing the sensory capabilities of marine organisms using physiological and behavioral approaches. In this project, his focus will be on understanding visual capabilities of ice-associated organisms in the context of the dynamic light environment of a seasonal and changing Arctic. 

Kathrin Keil

Kathrin is Scientific Project Leader of the “Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations (GloCAST)” project at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. Her work focuses on interrelationships and feedback loops between Arctic and non-Arctic regions in the realms economics, governance and politics.

Kathrin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2013. In her dissertation she researched the international politics of the Arctic, with a focus on international regimes and institutions in the areas of energy, shipping and fishing. She is also Senior Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of The Arctic Institute where she regularly writes about and comments on current Arctic developments. Further, Kathrin is part of the official German observer delegation to the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council. Kathrin will bring her research background in International Relations and Geopolitics to the ArcticABC project, specifically in relation to natural resources (including fisheries) in the changing Arctic environment. Her work will focus on the interests of Arctic stakeholders in Arctic natural resources and the governance framework of Arctic resources (including UNCLOS), specifically the adequacy of existing institutions for the sustainable management of Arctic resources in times of rapid and unprecedented Arctic transformations.

Kim Last

Kim Last is a Lecturer in Marine Ecology at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) which is based in Oban on the Scottish West Coast.  Kim’s interests are focused on the behaviour of marine organisms, specifically the study of biological clocks (or chronobiology) and how animals can tell the time of tide, day, month and year. He has worked on species across many trophic levels, from polychaetes to fish, in the last few years on zooplankton vertical migrations during the polar night. His contribution to the ArcticABC project will be in the coupling of physical drivers with biological responses in better understanding cyclic behaviour and its consequences in marine Arctic ecosystems.

Erin Kunisch

Erin is working on her PhD in Arctic Marine Biology at UiT. She has a background in marine ecology, demography and behavioral research of marine mammals and seabirds, mostly in the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean. Her project will incorporate trophic biomarkers to study sea ice food webs in the Arctic and how different organisms (zooplankton, polar cod, and ice seals) assimilate ice algal carbon. She will also complete a pan-Arctic study of sympagic amphiods to better understand these organisms in ice-free scenarios. You can follow Erin on Twitter @erinkunisch.

Laura Hobbs

Laura Hobbs is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Strathclyde, working on the modelling of zooplankton life history strategies in response to environmental cues. She is currently focusing on Calanus copepod populations in Kongsfjorden on the west coast of Svalbard. She did her PhD at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), working on the behavioural responses of zooplankton during the Polar Night on a pan-Arctic scale. You can follow Laura on Twitter @HobbsLJ

Bernhard Schartmüller

Bernhard is currently working on his PhD in Arctic Marine Biology and Technology at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. He has a background in Industrial Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. During his master studies he spent extended periods at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), specialising in Arctic Technology. Before his PhD he has been working for two years as engineer for marine operations in Norwegian industry. His primary research focus is the use of Underwater Hyperspectral Imaging on POPE buoys and on AUVs.

Malin Daase 

Malin completed her PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Bergen in 2008. Her research interest are in Arctic marine ecology with particular interest in zooplankton and sea ice biota ecology, population dynamics and life history adaptations of copepods and effects of variation in the physical environment on zooplankton distribution and life history traits. Malin has been employed at the University in Tromsø since March 2014 as a post doc within the Mare Incognitum projects Marine Night and CLEOPATRA II and now in the ArcticABC project.

Pierre Priou is working on his PhD at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada. He has a MSc in marine ecology from UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, where he worked on plankton distribution in north Norwegian fjords. His current work focuses on investigating the northward range expansion of boreal species into the Arctic and its effects on Arctic species.

Maxime Geoffroy

Maxime has a background in engineering and extensive training in the fields of bioacoustics, marine ecology, and arctic oceanography acquired during his graduate studies in Canada. His main research interest is the use of active hydroacoustic technology to study the arctic marine ecosystem in relation to hydrography. 

Shane Rodwell

I am an Electronic Engineer within the Marine Technology group at SAMS. I work on new instrumentation and build remote data collection platforms. So far I have been  fortunate to have played a part in a variety of projects based in the Antarctic, the Arctic, up mountains, above glaciers, and out on the ocean. I'm looking forward to the engineering challenges and what we can learn from the ArcticABC project.

Phil Anderson

I joined SAMS in the summer of 2012 as Head of Marine Technology after 27 years working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). I started at BAS as a field scientist and instrument designer, spending two austral winterers (1986 and 1991) at the Halley Research Station in the south Weddell Sea, and accumulated a further three years “south of the circle” during summer seasons. I gained my Ph.D. in 1994 on stratified atmospheric boundary layers.

In the 1990s I developed a number of techniques to probe the winter-time polar atmosphere, including low-power autonomous remote systems at the surface and kite, blimp and rocket instrument platforms aloft. In the last 10 years, I have concentrated on the physics of coherent structures in the stable boundary layer, whilst developing the use of small robotic aircraft for measuring the structure of the atmosphere near the surface. At SAMS these techniques will help us understand sea-ice dynamics in the Arctic and help explain the observed dramatic reduction in summer-time sea-ice coverage. My interest in things that fly continues after work, training 'Gaia', a young Harris Hawk, and using kites for skiing.

Neil Banas

Neil is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, where he works on models of plankton community ecology and life history, along with regional hydrodynamics and climate downscaling. Recent projects include hindcasting and forecasting of spring bloom dynamics in the Eastern Bering Sea, and an ongoing copepod-life-history modeling and data-synthesis project with partners in the US, Denmark, Norway, and Greenland. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His research homepage is here. Neil is part of the End-User Forum of ArcticABC.

Njord Wegge

Dr. Njord Wegge has a Ph.D. in Political Science/ International Relations (U. of Tromsø) and is an expert on international politics in the Arctic. He is currently a Senior Advisor to The Norwegian Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee, additional to holding a part time position as an Associate Professor at the University of Tromsø. Wegge is a former Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI); he has worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been a Visiting Scholar to U.C. Berkeley. Njord Wegge has published on a variety of topics related to the international politics in the Arctic, and will lead a subsection focusing on Geopolitics in the Arctic ABC project. His profile is available at (to be updated):

Magnus Drivdal

Magnus is a physical oceanographer at Akvaplan-niva. Main research interests are dynamical oceanography and modelling of the spreading of pollution and particles in the ocean. His graduate study research was focused on ocean waves and their effect on turbulence and mixing, with application to oil spill modelling. Previous projects have included the responsibility and maintenance of an operational arctic ocean model as part of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service ( Other research interests include large scale coastal trapped waves and air-sea interactions.

Øystein Varpe

Øystein Varpe is an Associate Professor in ecology at Department of Arctic Biology, University Centre in Svalbard and an adjunct researcher at Akvaplan-niva. His main interests are in evolutionary ecology, and his work spans a wide range of species but is mostly on birds, fish and plankton. Varpe runs the Seasonal Ecology Group where he, together with students and postdocs, focuses on how the strong seasonality of the Arctic shapes ecological processes. In his work heuses statistical analyses of data as well as mathematical models and simulations. His main contributions to Arctic ABC relates to questions on the life history diversity of plankton and ice fauna, predator-prey interactions in ice associated environments, and the impacts of sea ice changes on the light regime and biological interactions of the water column.

Paul Wassmann

Professor Dr scient Paul Wassmann obtained a MSc (1981) and Dr scient degree (2000) at the University of Bergen, Norway. He became a professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in 2002. He has participated in > 20 national and international research projects and has been head of 7 of these.  He was head of the ARCTOS research network from its start until 2014.  He is chair of the board for the Nansen Legacy team. See profile at

Randi Ingvaldsen

Randi Ingvaldsen obtained a PhD (2003) at Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. She is employed as a senior scientist at Institute of Marine Research, Bergen. Randi is a oceanographer working with physical and polar oceanography, marine climate variability and impacts on single species and the marine ecosystem. She is leading the IMR strategic initiative SI_ARCTIC (The Arctic Ocean Ecosystem) and the national marine climate monitoring of the Barents Sea. See profile at:

Other members: Rubao Ji, Stig Falk-Petersen, Tore Hattermann, Yoshinobu Takei, Phil Hwang, Paul Renaud, Ragnheid Skogseth,Ole Anders Nøst, Mark Moline 



Project leader and responsible for the content of the ArcticABC page: Jørgen Berge

The Mare Incognitum projects are members of the ARCTOS research network

The Mare Incognitum web pages are maintained by Marine Night technician Daniel Vogedes, UiT.

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