I am a marine ecologist at Akvaplan-niva, where I hold the position of Senior Scientist and coordinate studies of the impact of climate change on Arctic benthic communities, food webs, and marine ecosystems. I was trained as a benthic ecologist in in Florida, South Carolina and Alaska, where I first became interested in Arctic marine science. I held a post-doc at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Marine Environmental Lab in Monaco, where I examined particulate flux in the Mediterranean. My current main research interests are detecting evidence of climate change from growth patterns in bivalve molluscs (sclerochronology) and studying the structure of benthic communities in relation to oceanographic variability.
My role in ARAMACC is as co-supervisor of the WP1 projects based at UniRes Bergen “Variability of Atlantic inflow using sclerochronology: Faroes inflow branch” (with ARAMACC researcher Fabian Bonitz) and “Variability of Atlantic inflow using sclerochronology: northern Norway” (with ARAMACC researcher Tamara Trofimova). I am also involved in field experiments in northern Norway that are part of the WP3 project “The ecological and biological drivers of calcification rate and increment formation in A. islandica” with ARAMACC researcher Irene Ballesta Artero.