Bilde av Sundset, Monica Alterskjær
Bilde av Sundset, Monica Alterskjær
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology monica.a.sundset@uit.no +4777644790 97190722 Tromsø NFH A204

Sundset, Monica Alterskjær


Professor in animal physiology

Job description

Merited teacher

Deputy leader at Dept of Arctic and Marine Biology


  • Kia Krarup Hansen, Issat Turi, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Svein Disch Mathiesen :
    Bridging traditional and scientific knowledge on reindeer meat smoking - a pilot study
    International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Ragnhild Sandvoll :
    Academic development through a collective approach – introducing peer observation of teaching in a multidisciplinary faculty
    Nordic Journal of STEM Education 09. June 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Margherita Paola Poto, Edel O. Elvevoll, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Karl-Erik Eilertsen, Mathilde Morel, Ida-Johanne Jensen :
    Suggestions for a systematic regulatory approach to ocean plastics
    Foods 16. September 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Mario Acquarone, Alejandro Salgado Flores, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    The Bacterial Microbiome in the Small Intestine of Hooded Seals (Cystophora cristata)
    Microorganisms 27. October 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Alejandro Salgado Flores, Alexander Tøsdal Tveit, Andre-Denis Wright, Phillip Pope, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Characterization of the cecum microbiome from wild and captive rock ptarmigans indigenous to Arctic Norway
    PLOS ONE 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Michał Hubert Węgrzyn, Paulina Wietrzyk-Pełka, Agnieszka Galanty, Beata Cykowska-Marzencka, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Incomplete degradation of lichen usnic acid and atranorin in Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus)
    Polar Research 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Emilie Andersen-Ranberg, Christopher J Barnes, Linett Rasmussen, Alejandro Salgado Flores, Carsten Grøndahl, Jesper Bruun Mosbacher et al.:
    A Comparative Study on the Faecal Bacterial Community and Potential Zoonotic Bacteria of Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in Northeast Greenland, Northwest Greenland and Norway
    Microorganisms 25. July 2018 DATA / ARKIV / DOI
  • Kia Krarup Hansen, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Lars Folkow, Marte Nilsen, Svein Disch Mathiesen :
    Methane emissions are lower from reindeer fed lichens compared to a concentrate feed
    Polar Research 19. October 2018 ARKIV / DOI
  • Alejandro Flores Salgado, Live Heldal Hagen, Suzanne L. Ishaq, Mirzaman Zamanzadeh, Andre-Denis G. Wright, Phillip Pope et al.:
    Rumen and Cecum Microbiomes in Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) Are Changed in Response to a Lichen Diet and May Affect Enteric Methane Emissions
    PLOS ONE 2016 ARKIV / DOI
  • A Salgado-Flores, Mathias Bockwoldt, Live Heldal Hagen, Phillip Pope, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    First insight into the faecal microbiota of the high Arctic muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus)
    Microbial Genomics 29. July 2016 DOI
  • Alejandro Flores Salgado, Mathias Bockwoldt, Live Heldal Hagen, Phillip Pope, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    A first insight into the fecal microbiota of the high Arctic muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus)
    Microbial Genomics 29. April 2016 ARKIV / DOI
  • Suzanne L. Ishaq, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, John Crouse, Andre-Denis G. Wright :
    High-throughput DNA sequencing of the moose rumen from different geographical locations reveals a core ruminal methanogenic archaeal diversity and a differential ciliate protozoal diversity
    Microbial Genomics 2015 ARKIV / DOI
  • Terje D. Josefsen, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Foring og foringsbetingede sjukdommer hos rein
    Norsk Veterinærtidsskrift 2014
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Alejandro Flores Salgado, Andre-Denis G. Wright, Phillip Pope :
    The Reindeer Rumen Microbiome
    Springer 2014 DOI
  • Trine Glad, Perry Barboza, Roderick Mackie, Andre-Denis G. Wright, Lorenzo Brusetti, Svein Dish Mathiesen et al.:
    Dietary Supplementation of Usnic Acid, an Antimicrobial Compound in Lichens, Does Not Affect Rumen Bacterial Diversity or Density in Reindeer
    Current Microbiology 2014 DOI
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, trine Glad, Kåre Magne Nielsen :
    Terrestrial Vertebrate Animal Metagenomics, Non-domesticated Ursidae, Bears
    Springer 2014 DOI
  • Kirsti Præsteng, Phil Pope, Isaac KO Cann, Roderick Mackie, Svein Dish Mathiesen , Lars Folkow et al.:
    Probiotic dosing of ruminococcus flavefaciens affects rumen microbiome structure and function in reindeer
    Microbial Ecology 2013 ARKIV / DOI
  • Phil Pope, Alasdair Mackenzie, Ivan Gregor, Wendy Smith, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Alice McHardy et al.:
    Metagenomics of the Svalbard Reindeer Rumen Microbiome Reveals Abundance of Polysaccharide Utilization Loci
    PLOS ONE 2012 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kirsti Præsteng, Roderick I Mackie, Isaac K.O. Cann, Svein Dish Mathiesen , Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Variations in the 16S-23S rRNA internal transcribed spacer of fibrolytic Butyrivibrio isolates from the reindeer rumen
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology (print) 2011 DOI
  • Kirsti Præsteng, Roderick Mackie, Isaac KO Cann, Svein Dish Mathiesen , Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Development of a signature probe targeting the 16S-23S rRNA internal transcribed spacer of a ruminal Ruminococcus flavefaciens isolate from reindeer
    Beneficial Microbes 2011 DOI
  • trine Glad, Pål Bernhardsen, Kaare Magne Nielsen, Lorenzo Brusetti, Magnus Andersen, Jon Aars et al.:
    Bacterial diversity in faeces from polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in Arctic Svalbard
    BMC Microbiology 2010 FULLTEKST / ARKIV / DOI
  • trine Glad, Vibeke Kristiansen, Kaare Magne Nielsen, Lorenzo Brusetti, Andre-Denis G. Wright, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Ecological Characterisation of the Colonic Microbiota in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Seals
    Microbial Ecology 2010 DOI
  • Perry Barboza, AF Bennet, JH Lignot, Roderick I Mackie, T McWhorter, S Secor et al.:
    Digestive Challenges for Vertebrate Animals: Microbial Diversity, Cardiorespiratory Coupling, and Dietary Specialization
    Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 2010 DOI
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Perry Barboza, Tom Green, Lars Folkow, Svein Dish Mathiesen , Arnoldus S Blix :
    Microbial degradation of usnic acid in the reindeer rumen
    Die Naturwissenschaften 2010 DOI
  • Kazunuari Ushida, Richard Kock, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Special Issue: Wildlife Microbiology
    Microorganisms 2021 DOI
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Marit Allern, Ragnhild Sandvoll :
    Utvikling av undervisningskvalitet gjennom styrket fagfellesskap
    2019 FULLTEKST
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Ragnhild Sandvoll, Marit Allern :
    Enhancing a collective approach to teaching in the spirit of SoTL
    2019 FULLTEKST
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Kollegaveiledningsprosjektet ved BFE – Et felles løft for kvalitetskultur
    2018
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Kollegaveiledningsprosjektet ved BFE: Erfaringer og resultater fra en pilot – hvor går veien videre?
    2018
  • Annfrid Sivertsen, Camilla Brekke, Ragnhild Johanne Rensaa, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Michaela Aschan, Kathrine Tveiterås :
    Trodde du at naturvitenskap og teknologi ikke var for deg?
    Nordlys 09. April 2018 DATA
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Fra kollegaveiledning til fagfellevurdering – Et utviklingsprosjekt ved BFE
    2018
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Marit Allern, Ragnhild Sandvoll :
    Peer observation of Teaching as motivation for educational development. From teaching as private enterprise to a collective approach
    2017
  • Mario Acquarone, Alejandro Flores Salgado, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Characterization of the gut microbiome of hooded seals (Cystophora cristata)
    2016 ARKIV
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Satsning på utdanningskvalitet – hvordan få utdanning frem fra forskningsskyggen?
    2016
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Fremragende forskning og «god nok» utdanning? Excellent research and "good enough" education?
    2016
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Merittering av undervisning
    2016
  • Hansen Kia Krarup, Marte Nilsen, Lars Folkow, Svein Dish Mathiesen , Odd Magne Harstad, Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Designing an experiment to determine methane (CH4) emission from reindeer
    2011
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Karl-Arne Stokkan, Beate Kittl :
    Mit Schaufelhuf und Nasenkühling
    24. December 2011
  • trine Glad, Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Kaare Magne Nielsen, Jon Aars, Magnus Andersen, Lorenzo Brusetti et al.:
    Polar Bear Droppings Might Help Us Understand Superbugs
    15. January 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Maja Sojtaric :
    De usynlige kolonier
    29. March 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Maja Sojtaric :
    Klimagasser på vidda
    29. March 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Maja Sojtaric :
    Klimagasser på vidda
    29. March 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Maja Sojtaric :
    Bakteriefunn kan løse lavgåte
    28. March 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Drug-resistant bacteria. A land apart. Are the bugs in wild animals resistant to antibiotics? Journalist: Matt Kaplan
    11. February 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Trine Glad, Maja Sojtaric :
    Isbjørnbæsj gir bakteriesvar
    13. January 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Trine Glad, Maja Sojtaric :
    Isbjørnbæsj gir bakteriesvar
    15. January 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Kia Krarup Hansen, Lars Folkow, Svein Dish Mathiesen :
    Rumen methanogens and methane emission from reindeer
    Rangifer Report 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Physiological adaptations in reindeer to cope with toxic lichen acids
    Rangifer Report 2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset, Kia Krarup Hansen, Lars P. Folkow, Svein D Mathiesen :
    Rumen methanogens and methane emissions from reindeer
    2010
  • Monica Alterskjær Sundset :
    Physiological adaptations in reindeer to cope with toxic lichen acids
    2010

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    Research interests

    Ongoing projects

    PhD supervision

    1. Hedvig Elisabeth Mjøen (2022-2026), The Arctic University Museum of Norway, AMB, BFE. Genomic basis of eco-evolutionary responses to chaning environments in Arctic plant-herbivoee systems. Supervisors: Galina Gusarova, Monica A Sundset, Inger G Alsos, Gabriela Wagner.
    2. Jayalal K. Jayanthan (2021-2025), NFH. The effect of Novel Marine Foods on the Gut Microbiome and its role in atherosclerosis. Supervisors: MA Sundset, Karl-Erik Eilertsen, Kim Præbel.
    3. Hanne Bjerknes (2021-2025), NFH. Effects of novel low-trophic arctic marine raw materials on the development of atherosclerosis. Supervisors: Karl- Erik Eilertsen, Maria Johannessen Walquist, MA Sundset, Edel Elvevoll.
    4. PhD Melanie Furrer (completed Nov 2022), University of Zürich, Switzerland (Neuroscience program). Circadian and homeostatic aspects of sleep regulation: From naturalistic models to clinical settings. Supervisors: Reto Huber, Gabriela Wagner, Steven Brown, Monica A Sundset.
    5. PhD Alejandro Salgado-Flores (completed 2017) Gut metagenomics in relation to diet and methanogenesis in Arctic herbivores, ISBN 978-82-8266-140-9. UiT. Supervisors: Monica A Sundset, Phillip B Pope (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo), Andre-Denis G Wright (The University of Arizona, USA).
    6. PhD Kirsti E Præsteng (completed 2012) Genetic identification and ruminal dosing of cellulolytic bacteria to reindeer in search of a future probiotic, ISBN 978-82-8266-040-2. UiT. Supervisors: Monica A Sundset, Svein D Mathiesen, Isaac KO Cann (University of Illinois, USA), Roderick I Mackie (University of Illinois, USA).
    7. PhD Trine Glad (completed 2010) Antimicrobial resistance and bacterial diversity in Arctic Environments, ISBN 978-82-7589-313-8. UiT. Supervisors: Monica A Sundset, Kaare M Nielsen.
    8. PhD Pål Vegar Storeheier (completed 2003) Food intake and forage utilization in reindeer during winter, ISBN 82-7589-139-6. UiT. Supervisors: Monica A Sundset, Svein D Mathiesen.

    MSc Thesis Advisor

    1. Nora Qi Badkår Norli (2022-2023, 40 stp). Flervalgsoppgaver som verktøy for læring og utvikling av tilbakemeldingskomptanse i fysiologiundervisning på bachelor nivå. Veiledere: MA Sundset, Camilla Svensen, Cato Bjørndal.
    2. Silje Hælen-Helgesson (2022-2023, 60 stp). Physiological adaptations for ultra-endurance in long-distance sled dogs project. Supervisors: MA Sundset, Chiara Ciccone, Ingebjørg Helena Nymo, Shona Wood, Lars Folkow.
    3. MSc Irina Alexopoulou (2019-2020, 60 stp). Regulation of urokinase receptor (uPAR) cleavage by cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in oral cancer. Veiledere: Synnøve Magnussen (IMB), MA Sundset. 
    4. MSc Pernille Meyer (2019) Validation of DNA metabarcoding as a tool for diet analysis in reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus L.) Supervisors: Galina Gusarova, Stefaniya Kamenova, Anne K. Brysting, Monica A. Sundset, Lars Folkow). Pernille was a MSc student at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo - doing parts of her project with us in Tromsø.
    5. MSc Marte Nilsen (2013) Ernæringsbasert metanproduksjon hos sau (Methane emissions from sheep).
    6. MSc Kia Krarup Hansen (2012) Methane emissions from reindeer. Do reindeer fed lichens emit less methane than reindeer on a pelleted feed diet?
    7. MSc Anders J Hamnes (2007) Evaluering av lokalprodusert gresspellet som fôr til rein og effekt av melassetilsetning.
    8. MSc Vibeke F Kristiansen (2007) Ampicillin resistance and bacterial diversity in colon content from grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) at the coast of northern Norway.
    9. MSc Pål Bernhardsen (2007) Bacterial diversity and ampicillin resistance in faecal content from polar bears (Ursus maritimus).

    German Diploma Thesis Advisor

    1. Alexandra Kohn (2008) Antibiotic usnic acid in lichens. Review and screening for usnic acid-resistant rumen bacterial strains from reindeer. Visiting Scholar.

    Veterinary Medicine Thesis Advisor

    1. Larsen AK & Marhaug T (2004) Digestion in polar bear - An anatomical study of the digestive system in Polar bear related to its ability to adapt to future climatic changes in the Arctic.

    Teaching

    I teach in the following courses at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway:

    • Bio-1105 Innføring i Biologi (course instructor) (2019)
    • Bio-1006 Dyre- og Plantefysiologi
    • Bio-2310 Arctic Biology
    • Kompetanseutviklingsprogram for studieprogramledere ved UiT (Nov 2021)Kurs - Vurdering av utdanningsfaglig kompetanse (Result) (2020)
    • UNIPED-100-1 19H Basismodul i pedagogisk kompetanse (Result) (2020)
    • BFE Pedagogisk Seminar - Utvikling Pedagogisk Mapper (2020)



    CV

    EDUCATION
    • Cand mag (1990) in Biology, UiT
    • Cand Scient (MSc) in Zoophysiology (1992), UiT
    • Dr philos (PhD) in Zoophysiology (2000), UiT
    • University Seminar in Pedagogics UiT (2003-2004)
    • The Dean School of The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR Dekanskolen, 2012-2013)
    • Course on peer review of teaching portfolios UiT (2017-2018)
    • Merited Teacher AMB/BFE/UiT (since 2019)
    • UNIPED-600 Course in research supervision, Result, UiT (2021-2022)
    POSITIONS
    • Associate professor in zoophysiology at Institute of Medical Biology, UiT (1997-2001)
    • Post-doc UiT (appointed by the university board) (2001-2004)
    • Visiting Scientist Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2001-2002)
    • Professor in Animal Physiology AMB/BFE/UiT (since 2004)
    • Vice Dean of Education BFE/UiT (Nov 2010 – July 2018)
    • Acting Dean BFE/UiT (4 months: 2015, 2016)
    • Deputy Leader for Teaching AMB/UiT (Since Aug 2019)
    LEADERSHIP / EXPERT 
    • The International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (board member 2006-2010, 2010-2014)
    • Appointed expert (leader of the committe) by NOKUT(2010) Application for accreditation of a PhD program in Ecology (in Norwegian). Høgskolen i Telemark. Report from the Expert Committee. NOKUT reports. ISSN [1501-9640].
    • Committee on Learning Environment (LMU) (member 2011-2013)
    • The Strategic Committee on Education (SUV) at UiT (2013-2018)
    • Evaluating the study programs at UiT Part 1: Bachelor and 5-year master programs (2016). Report in Norwegian from SUV 20.10.16.
    • Evaluating the study programs at UiT Part 2: Workbases and and  2-year Master degree programs (2016-2017). Report in Norwegian from SUV 24.04.17.
    • Focus group on innovation and entrepreneurship in education at UiT (member 2016-2017). Report in Norwegian.
    • Committee on collaboration on education between society / worklife and UiT (member 2018-2019). Report in Norwegian. 
    • Program Committee for the T&L conference ”MNT-Conference 2019” (member 2017-2019)
    • Board for BS/MS programs in Biotechnology and Aqua Medicine, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science, UiT (2018-2021)
    • Leader of the Programboard for the BSc and the MSc in Biology at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway (2019-2021)
    • Member Programboard for University Pedagogics (since 2019)
    • Editor, Special issue on Wildlife Microbiology 1.0 in Microorganisms (MDPI open access journals) (2018-2019)
    • Editor, Special issue on Wildlife Microbiology 2.0 in Microorganisms (2020-2021)
    • Expert appointed by NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education under the Ministery of Education and Research) for supervision of the systematic quality work at the Norwegian Business School (2021)
    • Expert comittee member / peer reviewer of applications to the Program on Flexible Educations funded by DIKU - The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (2021)

    NFH A204