Fjord and Coastal Ecology


Research Focus

  • Ecosystem modelling of North Norwegian fjords
  • Zooplankton community ecology, life cycles, productivity and phenology
  • The biological pump and regulation mechanisms in coastal ecosystems
  • Ramfjorden/Balsfjorden ecosystems
  • Impact of freshwater inflow on sub-Arctic and Arctic marine systems
  • Fast ice ecology
  • Experimental ecology on species interactions of rocky and sedimentary shores


Research Projects (ongoing)

  • TUNU Euro-Arctic marine fishes – diversity and adaptation
  • C2C Catchment to Coast (2022 - 2027) - climate change modulated connectivity among terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems
  • Kitikmeot Sea Science study
  • Blueforesting
  • SFI Harvest (2020-2027) Pioneering lower-trophic level fisheries
  • Polar Front Ecosystem (2021-2024) 
  • Crabconnect
  • STRESSOR (2019-2022) multiple stressor effects on zooplankton and fish resources
  • BlueArc (Nov 2022 - Oct 2025) - impact of climate change on Arctic carbon cycling


Research Projects (previous)

  • MICROSNOW: Marine snow, pelagic-benthic coupling and the impact of the harpacticoid copepod Microsetella norvegica, and other agents in a high-latitude fjord (2017-2019), C. Svensen, F. Norrbin, I. Wiedmann
  • ArtAktiv; studentaktiv læring av marine arter gjennom bruk av ny teknologi (2017-2018), Svensen, Bluhm, Seuthe, Gradinger
  • Pelagic ecosystems in ice-covered and ice-free fjords under climate change (2012-2014)
  • Panarctic connectivity of zooplankton populations: the case of Pseudocalanus (2017)
  • Impact of massive Winter Herring Abundances on the Kaldfjorden Environment (2017-2019)


People and expertise

  • Sünnje Basedow (zooplankton ecology, biophysical interactions, spatial patterns)
  • Bodil Bluhm (Arctic benthic food webs, marine invertebrate ecology, biodiversity, pan-Arctic integration)
  • Rolf Gradinger (phytoplankton, sea ice ecology, primary production, Arctic)
  • Markus Molis (experimental ecology, species interactions & community ecology of intertidal benthos)
  • Fredrika Norrbin (zooplankton ecology, small copepod life histories, phenology, Video Plankton Recorder)
  • Torstein Pedersen (fish ecology and fisheries, ecopath modelling of fjord and coastal ecosystem)


Key National and International Partners

  • Akvaplan-niva, Tromsø, Norway
  • Alfred-Wegener Institut (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Tromsø, Norway
  • Nord University, Bodø, Norway
  • Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Oslo, Norway
  • The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN), Poland
  • The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Norway
  • The University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA