Bilde av Kunisch, Erin
Bilde av Kunisch, Erin
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology +4777646054 Tromsø NFH A 360

Erin Kunisch

Scientific Advisor

Job description

I am currently working as a scientific advisor for the Nansen Legacy project. I work in project management/support, scientific communication, and assist in planning scientific symposiums and meetings. 

In a research capacity, I am a marine ecologist interested in better understanding how environmental factors influence marine food webs-both in their pathways and connectivity. My Ph.D. focused on Arctic sea ice food webs and how seasonality effects the dietary behaviors of Arctic food web members. To answer these questions, I use tools such as fatty acids and compound-specific stable isotope analysis of carbon. 

My professional development also includes working in sub polar and temperate marine ecosystems. I have worked as a marine science communicator for The National Park Service in Alaska, and as a marine biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, studying the abundance and distribution of marine mammal populations. 

  • Magnus Drivdal, Erin H. Kunisch, Bodil A. Bluhm, Rolf Gradinger, Stig Falk-Petersen, Jørgen Berge :
    Connections to the Deep: Deep Vertical Migrations, an Important Part of the Life Cycle of Apherusa glacialis, an Arctic Ice-Associated Amphipod
    Frontiers in Marine Science 15. December 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Pierre Priou, Anna Nikolopoulos, Hauke Flores, Rolf Gradinger, Eirin Kunisch, Christian Katlein et al.:
    Dense mesopelagic sound scattering layer and vertical segregation of pelagic organisms at the Arctic-Atlantic gateway during the midnight sun
    Progress in Oceanography 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Erin Kunisch, Martin Graeve, Rolf Gradinger, Tore Haug, Kit M. Kovacs, Christian Lydersen et al.:
    Ice-algal carbon supports harp and ringed seal diets in the European Arctic: Evidence from fatty acid and stable isotope markers
    Marine Ecology Progress Series 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Erin Kunisch, Bodil Bluhm, Malin Daase, Rolf Gradinger, Haakon Hop, Igor A. Melnikov et al.:
    Pelagic occurrences of the ice amphipod Apherusa glacialis throughout the Arctic
    Journal of Plankton Research 2020 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kenady Wilson, Lowell Fritz, Erin Kunisch, Kathryn Chumbley, Devin Johnson :
    Effects of research disturbance on the behavior and abundance of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) at two rookeries in Alaska
    Marine mammal science 2012 DOI
  • Erin Kunisch :
    Sea ice dependence in Arctic marine organisms: life cycles, resource use, and trophic linkages
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2022
  • Erin Kunisch, Martin Graeve, Rolf Gradinger, Øystein Varpe, Bodil Bluhm :
    Seasonal, spatial, and taxonomic variations in fatty acids and compound specific stable isotopes of Arctic fauna.
  • Lauren M Kuehne, Robert J Rolls, Kate J Brandis, Kai Chen, Kevin M Fraley, Lindsey K Frost et al.:
    Benefits of permanent adoption of virtual conferences for conservation science
    Conservation Biology 2022 DOI
  • Erin Kunisch, Magnus Drivdal, Jørgen Berge, Bodil Bluhm, Malin Daase, Rolf Gradinger et al.:
    Exploring life-cycle adaptations in a declining sea-ice environment: are sympagic amphipods truly sympagic?
  • Erin Kunisch :
    Web blog for Arctic ABC Polar Night cruise 2017
    2017 FULLTEKST
  • Erin Kunisch, Bodil Bluhm, Rolf Gradinger, Haakon Hop, Øystein Varpe, Jørgen Berge et al.:
    Pan-Arctic distribution of the sympagic amphipod Apherusa glacialis elucidates life-cycle characteristics
  • Erin Kunisch :
    Northern fur seal reproductive rates and early maternal care

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    Research interests

    Sea ice ecology, food web dynamics, biological oceanography.

    Member of research group