Fjord and Coastal Ecology

Master Students

Current and former Master Students involved in our research projects

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Current Master Students


Miranda Huitfeldt Asplund

MSc student 2021-2023

Project: The biological potential for utilization of bycatch in Norwegian fisheries

Supervisors: Arild Folkvord (BIO), Kjell Nedreaas, Tom Clegg & Tom Williams (IMR)


Torlaug Auestad

MSc student 2021-2023

Project: Comparison of diet and stomach content in relation to growth of haddock, Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Supervisors: Arild Folkvord (BIO) & Edda Johannessen (IMR)


Sander Digre

MsC student 2021-2023

Project: Use of SNP markers to unravel sex and inversion types, and how these "traits" relate to growth and ecotype of cod

Supervisors: Arild Folkvord (BIO), Halvor Knutsen & Per Erik Jorde (IMR)


Nicolina Juraco

MSc student 2022-2024

Project: Can better control of tral position relative to target fish improve catch success in acoustic trawl surveys?

Supervisors: Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO), Maria Tenningen & Nils Olav Handegard (IMR)


Sigrid Kjeldstad

MSc student 2021-2023

Project: Deep Sea communities in west Norwegian fjords (CoastRisk-IMR/HypOnFjordFish-BIO)

Supervisors: Natalya Gallo & Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO), Guldborg Søvik & Fabian Zimmermann (IMR)


Modupe Olawunmi Ibikunle

MSc student 2021-2023

Project: Distribution pattern and abundance of the jellyfish Periphylla periphylla in West Norwegian fjords

Supervisors: Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO) & Aino Hosia (Bergen Museum)


Bernt Rydstrøm

MSc student 2022-2023

Project: Bycatch of coastal cod (Gadus morhua) and redfish (Sebastus norvegicus) in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea saithe fishery

Supervisors: Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO) & Arved Staby (IMR)


Martin Bua Rønhovde

MSc student 2021-2023

Project: Gene expression in sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) from different geographical areas in Norway in a common garden experiment

Supervisors: Håkon Dahle & Inga Kjersti Sjøtun (BIO)


Cecilie Kaars Skaale

MSc student 2020-2023

Project: Effect of surface coverage on night swimming behaviour of Atlantic salmon investigated using broadband acoustics (CRIMAC)

Supervisors: Frode Oppedal & Tonje Nesse Forland (IMR), Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO)


Hannah Sønsteng-Røkke

MsC student 2021-2023

Project: Growth of larval herring (Clupea harengus) at different light regimes

Supervisors: Arild Folkvord (BIO), Florian Berg (IMR), Gaute Seljestad (BIO)


Former Master Students


Øivind Andersen

Project: Effect of a copepod parasite on the mesopelagic fish Benthosema glaciale (HypOnFjordFish)

Supervisors: Anne Gro Vea Salvanes & Henrik Glenner (BIO)

Saron Berhe

Project: Effect of tag weight on vertical behavior of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) smolts: an overlooked tag effect?

Supervisors: Robert Lennox & Knut Wiik Vollset (NORCE), Arild Folkvord (UiB IMR)

Øydis Brendeland

Project: Life history traits of coastal sprat in Norwegian fjords

Supervisor: Florian Berg (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Carl Bukowski (visiting from Freie University of Berlin)

Project: Effect of hypoxia on the community structure and trophic ecology of diel vertical migrating crustaceans in Norwegian fjords (HypOnFjordFish)

Supervisors: Natalya Gallo & Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO)

Karoline Hegdal Jakobsen

Project: Otolith growth of small pelagic fish in Norwegian fjord

Supervisors: Florian Berg (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Sakura Komiyama

Project: Spatiotemporal dynamics in the acoustic backscatter of plankton and lesser sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) in the North Sea measured using a Saildrone

Supervisors: Espen Johnsen & Geir Pedersen (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Nils Mo

Project: Distribution of saithe (Pollachius virens) in the Barents Sea during a period with varying environmental conditions.

Supervisors: Arved Staby (IMR) & Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO)

Tomine Grov Lekven

Project: Temporal stability of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) otolith shape

Supervisors: Florian Berg (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Ainsley Nash

Project: A tale of two fishes: The depth preference of migrating Atlantic salmon smolts, and their aquatic predator Brown trout, in a Norwegian freshwater lake.

Supervisors: Robert Lennox & Knut Wiik Vollset (NORCE), Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO)

Marius Nilsen

Project: Experimental investigation of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) genetic signal duration in the stomachs of predatory Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus).

Supervisors: Martina Stiasny (IMR), Jessica Rey (NORCE), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Karen Rosland

Project: Distribution and trophic interactions of Velvet Belly Lantern shark (Etmopterus spinax) and Blackmouth Catshark (Galeus melastomus) in fjords that differ in basin oxygen levels. (HypOnFjordFish)

Supervisors: Natalya Gallo & Anne Gro Vea Salvanes (BIO)

Daniel Jarl Skåtøy Stiti

Project: Analyse tempo-spatial distribution of sprat in Norwegian fjords using echosounder data

Supervisors: Espen Johnsen (IMR), Florian Berg (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Frida Tronbøl

Project:  Tracking the time course of reproductive events in Northeast Arctic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

Supervisors: Olav Sigurd Kjesbu & Edda Johannessen (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)

Tommy Gorm-Hansen Tøsdal

Project: An investigation of spatial and temporal patterns in the Norwegian mackerel fishery during the period 1900-2020

Supervisors: Leif Nøttestad & Øystein Skagseth (IMR), Arild Folkvord (UiB, IMR)