Mare Nullius?

Edvard Hviding

Edvard Hviding is a professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, and is the Grant Holder and Project Director of Mare Nullius. He is the founding director of the Bergen Pacific Studies research group, and an Honorary Adjunct Professor of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific. His research record has focused on the Pacific since 1986, and includes four years of fieldwork in Solomon Islands and brief work in many other countries of the region, as well as more recent participation in United Nations diplomacy focused on climate, ocean and the Pacific.




Noel Keenlyside

Noel Keenlyside is a professor in tropical meteorology at the geophysical institute and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and supervisor for the Mare Nullius Oceanography group in Bergen. His work focuses on understanding and predicting climate. He has led the development of Norwegian Climate Prediction model and the supermodel approach to climate modelling. In the Mare Nullius he will provide future projections of sea level and associated uncertainties. He will use his experience in interdisciplinary cooperation to work with other team members to make this information of most use to the project.



Ernst Nordtveit

Ernst Nordtveit is a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen, where he has been Vice Dean for research (1996-1998) and Dean (1999-2009). His research interests are Natural Resource Law with a focus on Energy and Climate Law, Law of the Sea and Environmental law in general. He is especially interested in the development of new legal instruments that could help create sustainable development, based on insights from Law & Economics and Behavioral Economics. He has participated in several multidisciplinary projects with biologists and social anthropologists. His role in the project will be to supervise PhD-students in law and conduct research related to the effects of physical change on established legal positions.


Camilla Borrevik

Camilla Borrevik is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, and is the Deputy Director of Mare Nullius. Her research focuses on climate change, diplomacy, policy, epistemology and Pacific regionalism. She has fieldwork experience from several Pacific countries, and from the United Nations climate negotiations. Camilla has previously worked for various employers concerned with Pacific issues, including non-governmental organisations, diplomatic missions, archival institutions, and the UN. As part of her postdoctoral work, she also holds the position as SDG Science Advisor at the University of Bergen.



Joanna Siekiera 

Dr. Joanna Siekiera is an international lawyer dealing with Pacific law, and a postdoctoral fellow on the Mare Nullius project. Her main interests are legal-political integration in the South Pacific, as well as maritime sovereignty of submerged islands. She was granted scholarship at the Victoria University in Wellington. Joanna worked at the Polish diplomatic missions and as a lecturer and legal adviser at the War Studies Univeristy in Warsaw. Her taken courses include i.a. UN CIMIC, Cultural Heritage Protection in Russia and Humanitarian Law in Poland.



Vandhna Kumar

Vandhna Kumar is a postdoctoral fellow on the Mare Nullius project, based at the Geophysical Institute. Her work in Mare Nullius is focused on refining sea level rise projections for the Pacific islands using state of the art climate models and downscaling techniques. Vandhna completed her PhD in physical oceanography at the University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier. She hails from the Fiji Islands and has a long-standing affiliation with the University of the South Pacific and PaCE-SD. Vandhna’s aim is to help integrate climate science and community level adaption to climate change and sea level rise in the Pacific islands.



Ashneel Chandra

Ashneel is currently a PhD Candidate at the Geophysical Institute exploring tropical intraseasonal variability and ocean heat content with Professor Noel Keenlyside, and an affiliated researcher with the Mare Nullius project. Ashneel’s PhD position is the result of a joint commitment between UiB and The University of the South Pacific (USP) which laid the foundation for the Norway-Pacific Joint Chair of Oceans and Climate Change. His masters research explored tropical cyclones–ocean interactions as well as using lightning as a proxy for predicting tropical cyclone rapid intensification.




Miriam Ladstein

Miriam Ladstein is the research assistant and administrator for Mare Nullius. She holds an MA in social anthropology from the University of Bergen, and is a member of the Bergen Pacific Studies research group. She also holds a teaching degree within Social Sciences and Humanities in secondary education. Miriam’s past research has focused on knowledge systems, the formal and informal education of children and youth, climate change, environment, community and resilience, with fieldwork experience from Samoa. 



Eilin Holtan Torgersen

Eilin Holtan Torgersen is part of the Mare Nullius-team as an affiliated researcher and as administrative support. She holds an MA in social anthropology and is currently finishing up her PhD within the same discipline. Her research involves Oceania, Hawaiʻi, volcanoes, spirituality, epistemology, environment and performativity. Torgersen worked as research administrator during the startup of the project, where she also developed Mare Nullius’ graphic profile, and designed websites, logos and information materials.




Anja Marie Solheim

Anja Marie Solheim is a student at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen. She has experience from the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in New York and is part of the Mare Nullius-team as research assistant. Ms Solheim has been in charge of compiling, organizing and constructing the Key UN Documents collection for the online Mare Nullius Document Collection.