The Marine Night Team at a glance


Here is an introduction to the members of the Marine Night research team. 


Project leader

Prof. Jørgen Berge

Completed his PhD at the University of Tromsø in 2000. His main scientific focus centres on two topics; ecosystem responses to climate change and the biological processed during the polar night. Currently he is a professor at the University of Tromsø and an adjunct professor at UNIS (Svalbard).








Tromsø (Norway) project members

Paul Renaud - Benthos

Paul is an ecologist studying benthic and hyperbenthic communities, ecosystem processes, coupling of pelagic and benthic systems, and impacts of climate change. In the MarineNight project he leads Work Package 2: Benthic communities, biodiversity, and food-web structure. He is a Senior Researcher at Akvaplan-niva (Tromsø, Norway), and an adjunct professor at UNIS (Svalbard).



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 is employed at the University in Tromsø since March 2014 as a post doc within Marine Night and CLEOPATRA II.



Daniel Vogedes - technician Marine Night 


Daniel is employed by UiT The Arctic University of Norway as a technician by the Marine Night project and by UNIS for CLEOPATRA II for which he joins as field assistant, maintains equipment and is responsible for data collection and web page administration. He has also a commercial divers licence and Norwegian motorboat certificate. He recently finished his PhD at UNIS/UiT on the role of Calanus in the Arctic marine ecosyst em. In addition to his job in Marine Night and CLEOPATRA, he holds at temporary 20% position as field technician in the biology department at UNIS.





Trondheim (NTNU)

Geir Johnsen - Geir is a professor in marine biology at NTNU and adjunct professor at UNIS. He works with all sorts of underwater instruments, with main focus on a variety of optical measurements and algae pigments. 











Longyearbyen (UNIS)

Øystein Varpe

Øystein is an ecologist particularly interested in evolutionary and seasonal ecology. His main scientific focus is on how seasonality shapes ecological processes and evolutionary adaptations, topics particularly relevant in the high-latitude ecosystems of the Arctic. Central topics in Øystein's work include life history theory, phenology, behavioral ecology and trophic interactions. He uses statistical analyses of data as well as mathematical models and simulations. In the Marine Night project he mainly contributes to work on fish foraging and plankton-fish interactions. More about Øystein's work at:




Oslo (Akvaplan-niva)

Eva Leu

Completed her PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Oslo in 2006. Afterwards, she worked as a postdoc at the Norwegian Polar Institute (CLEOPATRA project), and UNIS, before she got a researcher position at Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. Currently, she is working at Akvaplan-niva AS. Her main fields of research are algal ecophysiology and physical-biological coupling of climate change effects on Arctic marine systems. In the Marine Night project she studies how primary producers can survive the long and dark Polar Night, and what initiates the start of the spring bloom season.






Mooring staff (SAMS, Scotland)

Colin Griffith - moorings and instruments. My interests lie in tidal dynamics, extreme statistics, scientific moorings, cruise based observations and using AUVs to measure the ocean.  I am a member of the Department of Physics, Sea Ice and Technology and a prolific user of the research vessels at SAMS and elsewhere.











Finlo Cottier - moorings, instruments, physical oceanography. My main scientific interests relate to the oceans and seas of the Arctic and the Antarctic. The main areas of my research involve the shallow, coastal seas of the Arctic, particularly in the waters around Svalbard and Greenland. My primary research interests are in physical oceanography but I'm also interested in the multi-disciplinary view of high-latitude seas. 










Researchers at IOPAN (Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences) 

Jan Marcin Węsławski - lead researcher Poland, field work, baited and sediment traps, epibenthic sledges










Lech Kotwicki - respiration measurements, meiofauna analyses











Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk - vertical distribution of organic matter (chlorophyll and organic carbon analyses), meio- and macrofauna in sediment cores; bioturbation (estimated with use of radionuclides 234Th, 210Pb- in cooperation with Agata Zaborska), macrobenthos identification, field work






Piotr Balazy

Piotr is a benthic ecologist particularly interested in shallow-water hard-bottom communities. His doctoral project was focusing on mechanisms shaping biodiversity of epifaunal assemblages overgrowing different substrates from Northern Norway and Svalbard. In Marine Night he is joining ‘TEAM Benthos’ where, apart from other activities, together with Piotr Kuklinski he plans to setup several time lapse cameras to monitor the activity of epifauna (movement and feeding) during the polar day and night.





Piotr Kuklinski - field work, SCUBA, hard bottom organisms













Researchers at St. Petersburg State University, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Russia

Andrei Granovitch - Coordinator of the Russian team. Professor, Head of Invertebrate Zoology department, Saint-Petersburg State University












Darya Nikishina - Benthos, the structure and functional organization of benthic communities associated with macro algae. PhD student, Saint-Petersburg State University









Mikhail Ivanov - Benthos, structure and function of benthic communities; mariculture and its effect on the environment. Senior lecturer, Saint-Petersburg State University







Natalia Shunatova - Benthos, the structure and dynamics of benthic communities; functional and evolutionary morphology of Bryozoa, Phoronida, Brachiopoda, Kamptozoa, Polychaeta; general zoology. Associate professor, Saint-Petersburg State University









Alina Gudkova - Symbiotic associations between marine sponges and microorganisms: ecology, metabolic interplay and coevolution. PhD student, Saint Petersburg State University












Olga Knyazeva - ecology of arctic benthic foraminifera, structure of benthic foraminiferal assemblages in polar fjords. MSc student, Saint Petersburg State University.




Project leader and responsible for the content of the Marine Night 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.

The content is provided by the projects, for comments please check the project pages and contact the project leader.