New Staff at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
Name: Shripathi Bhat (India)
Educational qualifications: Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc), (KVAFSU, Bidar, India), Master of Fisheries Science, M.F.Sc.(Aquaculture) (CIFE, Mumbai, India), M.Sc(Animal Breeding and Genetics) ( Wageningen UR, Netherlands and UMB, Norway)
Arctic and Marine Biology, Freshwater Ecology Group and Population Genetics Group Project
Project : Related to evolutionary ecology and genetics of coregonids in northern Scandinavia
Office : NFH-Building, C 218
Name: Ole Petter Laksforsmo Vindstad (Norway)
Educational qualifications: Bachelor of Biology, Master of Biology (University of Tromsø)
I am born and grew up in Mosjøen. A small city in the southern part of Norland county in northern Norway. Here I undertook my basic education, including primary-, junior high- and high school, which I completed in 2001.
After this, I attended the 1 year study programme “Idea – Culture – Society ” at the Nansen Academy – the Norwegian Humanistic academy, located in Lillehammer in southern Norway. In the following years, I studied various subjects (including English, geology and biology) at the universities of Tromsø, Trondheim and Oslo, before finally settling to study Biology in Tromsø in the autumn of 2006.
I completed my bachelor’s degree by Christmas 2008 and my master’s degree by spring 2009 (study programme “Northern populations and ecosystems”).
Currently, I am working as a PhD student with the moth ecology research group at the institute of Arctic and Marine Biology. We study spatial and temporal patterns in the population dynamics of herbivorous Geometrid moths in sub arctic mountain birch forests, with particular emphasis on elucidating the ecological causes and consequences of the cyclic population outbreaks displayed by these insects.
Major research topics of the group over the last years have been the role of trophic interactions (natural enemies and food plants) and climate in moth population dynamics, as well as interactions between trophic and climatic factors, mediated through climatic impacts on the phenological relations between the moths and their interacting species.
Most of our research so far has been conducted in the vicinity of Tromsø, but we are currently expanding our efforts to include the Varanger region in Finnmark, which has experienced particularly severe moth outbreaks over the lest decade.
Office: Paviljong Nord (Pav. N), Room 14, AMB