Master students

Master students are an integral part of our research group and participate actively in group meetings, both scientific and social. If you are interested in a MSc project within our research group, feel free to contact our present our recently graduated MSc students for inside information about us and their projects. 
Many of the master students are also parts of ongoing national and international research projects - follow the links for more information.

Information for new/upcoming MSc students

  • Get a supervisor, and sign a Contract of Supervision
  • Get an access card (also used for printing)
  • Get access to lab facilities and an office. Contact Siv Andreassen or Marion Jensen through your supervisor. 
  • Make sure you are on the AMSE-mailing list. If you are not yet, contact the AMSE group leader (changes on annual basis)
  • Join the AMSE yearly seminar (autumn semester)
  • Send your info to the AMSE web page admin to be added to this very page


Current MSc students


Emma Persson (

Working title of thesis: Phytoplankton incorporation into growing sea ice in the estuarine system of Ramfjorden

Associated project: Arctic SIZE

Supervisors: Rolf Gradinger, Tobias R. Vonnahme, Ulrike Dietrich

Thesis end date: May 2020


Rose M. Bank (

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Eskil Dahl Olaussen (

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Ingunn S Johnsen (

Working title of thesis: Occurence of microplastics in blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) in the Tromsø area - effects of vicinity to sewage drains and aquaculture facilities

Associated project: SMF: CleanCrab, NFR: PlastPoll, JPI Oceans: PLASTOX

Supervisors: Torstein Pedersen (main), Jan Sundet (IMR), Dorte Herzke (NILU) and Einar Magnus Nilssen

Thesis end date: May 2019


Camilla Kvitberg Lehne (

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Vegard Stuerzinger (

Working title of thesis: Microplastic in snow and ice. Standardization of sampling method and protocol development at the Fram Center.

Supervisors: Sophie Bourgeon, Ingeborg Hallanger (NPI), Dorte Hertzke (NILU)

Thesis end date: May 2020


Néstor Santana Hernández (

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Vanessa Pitusi (

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Ole Johannes P Sørensen (

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Susan Frances Dugan (

Title: Epibenthic megafauna communities in Kaldfjorden 


Affiliated Projects: EFFECTS (Examining the role of Fish-Falls on ECosystem Processes in highly exploiTed fjord Systems) and JellyFarm (Combined effects of multiple organic stressors from jellyfish blooms and aquaculture operations on seafloor ecosystems). 


Advisors: Kathy Dunlop and Paul Renaud (Akvaplan-niva), Bodil Bluhm (UiT)

Connie Jones (

Title: Effects of temperature on the development of polar cod early life stages


Affiliated Project: Sens2Change (MIKON Framcentre) 


Advisors: Jasmine Nahrgang (UiT)

Thesis end date: Fall 2019

Adina Cassandra Granlund (

Title: Effects of crude oil water soluble fraction on capelin early life stages


Affiliated Project: Arctic Ecosens (led by Akvaplan-niva) 


Advisors: Jasmine Nahrgang (UiT) and Marianne Frantzen (Akvaplan-niva)

Thesis end date: Spring 2020


Lucie Hélène Marie Goraguer (



Advisors:  Angelika Renner (IMR), Ingrid Wiedmann (UiT)

Thesis end date: Spring 2020


Olof Bengtsson (

Title: Ringed seal (Pusa hispida) diet on the west coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway


Advisors:  Ulf Lindström (IMR/UiT)

Thesis end date: June 2019

Daniel Fernández Román (

Title: Temporal changes on spring circulation and stratification in Vestfjorden. How this affect to the onset of the spring bloom


Advisors: Ingrid Wiedmann (UiT), Angelika Renner (IMR)

Thesis end date: Spring 2020


Master theses 2019 and before


Camille Saint-Andre. The feeding ecology of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in Norwegian coastal communities.

Bamidele Theophilus Opeifa. Cryo-preservation of Lump fish (Cyclopterus lumpus) sperm for commercial production. 2019


Theo Beroujon. Explained 3D distribution of Zooplankton species on the coast of North-East Greenland in September. 2019

Ragnar Teisrud. Cardiotoxic effects of a crude oil water soluble fraction on polar cod larvae. 2019

Elisabeth Hansen: Impact of anthropogenic stressors on physiological stress of raptor chicks. 2019

Charlotte Pedersen Ugelstad: Effects of terrestrial inputs on community structure of soft-bottom benthos in Isfjorden, Svalbard. 2019

Nathalie Carrasco: Effects of terrestrial inputs and seasonality, on coastal pelagic foodweb structure and contaminant trophodynamics in Adventfjorden, Svalbard. 2019

Julia Gossa:  Behavioral repsonse of polar cod larvae exposed to the water-soluble fraction of crude oil at two different temperatures. 2018

Tove Hilstad Skotnes: The use of telomeres as health biomarkers in sea eagle nestlings: temporal variation, confounding factors and indicators of pollutant exposure. 2018

Anna Lippold: Temporal trends of persistent organic pollutants in polar bears. 2018

Rosalyn Fredriksen: Epibenthic Community Structure in East Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago (Kitikmeot Sea). 2018

Hanna Ellerine Helle Danielsen: Reproductive ecology of the Barents Sea snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio). 2018 

Amalia Keck: Recolonization and succession of a shallow rocky-bottom macrobenthic community in Smeerenburgfjord, NW Svalbard. 2018

Martí Amargant-Arumí: Marine microbial food web ecology during the Arctic polar night. 2018 

Mikaela Tillman: Lower trophic level food web structure in the Barents Sea using stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes. 2018

 Kevin Salbuvik: Skeletal anomalies and shape variation in diploid and triploid Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) fed different diets. 2018

Caroline Aas Tranang: Epibenthic fauna in Balsfjord. Potential food for the invasive red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) with special attention to the deposit-feeding sea star Ctenodiscus crispatus. Download PDF. 2017

Sebastiaan Koppelle: Climate-mediated increases in organic matter export to arctic coastal waters: Effects on lower food web structure and contaminant bioaccumulation. 2016

Marine Cusa. Effects of seasonality and spatial heterogeneity on Polar cod (Boreogadus saida) diet in Svalbard waters. Spring 2016

 Christine Dybwad: Vertical carbon export at the seasonal sea ice zone, with focus on zooplankton faecal pellet production and shelf-to-basin variations. 2016

Morgan Bender: Physiological effects of chronic dietary petroleum contamination on reproduction in polar cod (Boreogadus saida).2015

Pierre Priou. Associations between herbivorous zooplankton, phytoplankton and hydrography in Porsangerfjord, northern Norway. 2015

Alejandro Prat Varela. Vertical distributions of zooplankton using the Video Plankton Recorder in two high-latitude fjords. “A case study on diel migration in Billefjorden, Svalbard, and seasonal migration in Porsangerfjord, northern Norway. 2015 

Nina Elisabeth Henriksen: Soft-bottom communities in Balsfjord: Stable over time or under change? 2015

Paul Dubourg: Developmental toxicity of polar cod (Boreogadus saida) embryos to the crude oil water soluble fraction". Cooperation UiT/University of Applied Science, Bremen. PDF available upon request. 2015

Libe Aranguren: The utility of in vitro Precision-Cut Liver Slices to investigate toxicity pathways of contaminants in polar cod (Boreogadus saida). 2015

 Apolline Laenger (Cooperation UiT/Université Le Mans, France / UiT): Biological responses of Mytilus spp. to marine diesel spill: differential responses between reference and contaminant pre-exposed specimens". Cooperation UiT/University of Angers. PDF available upon request. 2015

 Solveig Enoksen: The summer diet of hooded (Cystophora cristata) and harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus) seals in the West Ice. 2014

 Alexandra Mackee (Cooperation UiT/University of Southampton): An optimisation of the electron transport system (ETS) assay for Boreogadus saida and an analysis of the whole body and cellular respiration with exposure to dietary crude oil. PDF available upon request. 2013

Ekaterina Storhaug: Reproduction and winter biology of polar cod Boreogadus saida from Svalbard waters. 2012