Master projects

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 Kristin Herstrøm or Karin Lia 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
List of potential supervisors and themes for master and bachelor projects 

Sünnje Basedow

Biological-physical interactions, zooplankton ecology, zooplankton population dynamics, size spectrum ecology 

Yasemin Bodur/Marit Reigstad

 Vertical flux in the Northern Barents Sea under seasonally changing conditions derived from long-term sediment traps 

Sophie Bourgeon

Ecotoxicology, arctic wildlife, persistent organic pollutants, microplastics, ecological physiology

Jasmine Nahrgang

Ecotoxicology, organic pollutants, crude oil, fish, early life stages of fish, bivalves 

Torstein Pedersen

Ecosystem dynamics, foodwebs and fisheries, population dynamics, shallow water fish nursery areas, climate effects on the Barents Sea

Angelika Renner 

Polar and fjord oceanography

Camilla Svensen

Zooplankton ecology, biological pump, copepod feeding and reproduction, seasonality in plankton 

 Current MSc students

Fanny Hägg, 2020-2022. Ingestion of Crumb Rubber and Body Burden of Associated Contaminants in Marine Invertebrates and Fish.
E-mail :
Supervisors: Sophie Bourgeon, Claudia Halsband, Dorte Herzke


Zoé Forgereau, 2020-2022. Photophysiology and Primary Production of Arctic Sea Ice Algae.

E-mail :
Supervisors: Karley Campbell, Rolf Gradinger


Fredrik Berger, 2020-2022. Species identification skills in students using either Artsapp or Artsorakelet.

E-mail :
Supervisors: S. Killengreen, Markus Molis




Master theses published in 2021 and earlier


Felix Tulatz. Plastic ingestion by northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) in Svalbard and plastic-related contaminants. 2021

Sushmita Thapa. Cultivation of Saccharina latissima (Sugar kelp) using sea urchin crush as a nutrient source.  2021

Eirin Husabø. Contrasting body burdens of Organohalogenated contaminants (OHCs) in two Arctic Glaucous gull Larus hyperboreus colonies in relation to their dietary ecology. 2021

Stine Benjaminsen. Plastic occurrence in six different species of Arctic seabirds - Harmonizing methods and closing knowledge gaps on plastic occurrence and polymer identity. 2021

Alexandra Abrahams. Ingestion and egestion of microplastic fibers in the green sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis: An experimental exposure. 2021

Tom Einar Andreassen. Assessment of nursery areas for coastal cod. 2020

Susan Dugan. Epibenthic and Demersal Fish Community Structure and the Effects of Environmental Conditions in the Sub-Arctic Fjords Vengsøyfjorden and Kaldfjorden. 2020

Daniel Fernández Román. Interannual variability (2014-2019) of hydrography, fluorescence and nutrient distribution in Vestfjorden, Lofoten. 2020

Lucie Hélène Marie Goraguer. Sympagic-pelagic coupling and vertical export in two seasonally ice-covered fjords. Study of the physical and biological drivers in the sub-Arctic Ramfjorden (Norwegian mainland) and the Arctic Van Mijenfjorden (Svalbard archipelago) during early spring bloom. 2020

Cassandra Grandlund. Developmental effects of embryonic exposure to water-soluble fraction of crude oil on early life stages of capelin (Mallotus villosus). 2020

Vegard Stürzinger. Let it glow! Adapting a method to detect microplastics in snow and evaluate the potential for long-range transport. 2020

Ingunn Solheim Johnsen. Effects of drains and aquaculture farms as possible sources for microplastics in blue mussels (Mytilus edulis). 2019

Camilla Kvitberg Lehne. Effects of changes in biomass of cod and haddock in the Barents Sea – an ecosystem modelling approach. 2019

 Eskil Dahl OlaussenPopulation. Biology of five fish species in Malangen, Northern Norway. Growth, maturation and mortality of greater argentine (Argentina silus), haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus), blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou), silvery pout (Gadiculus argenteus thori) and Norway pout (Trisopterus esmarkii). 2019

 Ole Johannes Ringnander Sørensen. Fish communities in shallow coastal waters – a study of effects of season and bottom substrate. 2019

Camille Saint-Andre. The feeding ecology of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in Norwegian coastal communities. 2019

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

Tara Stitzlein.  The Marine Plastic Microbiome: Microbial Colonization of Polymer Surfaces in the Arctic Marine Environment. 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 

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. 2017

Mikaela Tillman. Using food web structure based on stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes to investigate pelagic-benthic coupling in different areas of the Barents Sea. 2017

Sophie Scotter. Contaminant exposure and pathogen prevalence in Atlantic walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) from Svalbard, Norway. 2017

Kristoffer Kiærbach. Do diet of long rough dab (Hippoglossoides platessoides) differ between fjords with and without red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus)? A study of summer diet. 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. 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

Sigurd Benjaminsen. Foraging behavior of chick-rearing common guillemots, recorded by GPS and time-depth recorder devices. 2015

 Marlen Knutsen. Ageing structures and growth estimates of spiny dogfish (Squalias acanthias) in Norwegian waters. 2015

Renate Thorvaldsen. No evidence of optimal foraging in chick-raising black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) in the Southern Barents Sea. 2015

Jørgen Wiesener. A study of bottom conditions and abundance and density of fish and echinoderms – an evaluation of underwater video as method. 2015

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

Kristin Heggland. Relation between habitat characteristics and abundance, diet and condition of 0-group cod in two northern Norwegian fjords. 2013

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

Emma Katarina Källgren. Population dynamics, diet and trophic positioning of three small demersal fish species within Porsangerfjord, Norway. 2012

Christer Michaelsen. Habitat choice of juvenile coastal cod: the role of macroalgae habitats for juvenile coastal cod (Gadus morhua L.) in Porsangerfjorden and Ullsfjorden in Northern Norway. 2012