Arctic Marine System Ecology
We are a large group of researchers and students working on the biology, physiology and ecology of cold-water organisms, with a focus on structure and function of marine food webs in boreal and ice-covered Arctic waters.
In our endeavor to understand the function of high-latitude marine ecosystems, we work on a large variety of organisms, ranging from bacteria through plankton, benthic animals and parasites, to top predators such as fish and marine mammals. Understanding trophic interactions and the responses of organisms to various biotic and abiotic factors is a common interest within the group.
We work in the field using a range of research methods and approaches during research expeditions and cruises. These include numerical modelling and modern autonomous sampling technology. We also conduct experimental laboratory work involving biochemical, physiological and ecophysiological studies on fish and plankton.
The Arctic Marine System Ecology group is involved in many large interdisciplinary research projects investigating the impact of climatic changes and human actions on marine ecosystems at high latitudes. Our diverse research group includes biological oceanographers, ecologists, resource and evolutionary biologists, and ecotoxicologists.
Current research areas:
- Arctic Ocean and Sea Ice Ecology
- Fjord and Coastal Ecology
- Life History Ecology
- Ecophysiology and Ecotoxicology
- Long-term Observations
Key international committee memberships:
- International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
- Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
- Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP)
- Arctic Science Partnership (ASP)
- Biogeochemical exchange processes at Sea Ice interfaces (BEPSII)
Group leader: Sophie Bourgeon