One Ocean Week 2024

Ocean Outlook: the North Atlantic Ocean climate, deep sea and environment

Ocean Outlook is a scientific conference about climate, oceanography, and life across the Atlantic Ocean. Doors are open to the public, so take the opportunity to hear what marine researchers are working on and discussing at the moment.

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About the conference

Ocean Outlook is a collaboration between the marine research community in Bergen (NORCE, the Nansen Center, Institute of Marine Research and University of Bergen) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA. Over many years these communities have met to discuss the state of the North Atlantic ocean and share their research. 

This conference is a scientific conference about climate, oceanography, and life across the Atlantic Ocean. Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutions, one of the largest marine research environments in the world, visit the marine research community in Bergen. Here you have the chance to experience top international scientists present their research. 

Doors are open to the public, so take the opportunity to hear what marine researchers are working on and discussing at the moment.

Practical information

Venue: Storsalen,  Nygårdsgaten 5, Bergen
Time: Thursday and Friday 18-19 April 2024

Free entrance, and open for all. The presentations are in English.

Program - Thursday 18th of April

09:00-09:15OpeningUiB Rector Margareth Hagen & Director at WHOI Center for Oceans and Human Health John Stegeman

Session: The Warming Ocean

09:15-09:35Keynote: The recent sea surface temperature anomaly in the North Atlantic - what goes on?Tore Furevik, NERSC
09:35-09:55Keynote: The physics of marine heatwaves in the Northwest Atlantic coastal oceanKe Chen, WHOI
09:55-10:10Ocean warming and marine heat waves in the Barents SeaRoshin P. Raj, NERSC
10:10-10:35Coffee break - with posters 
10:35-10:55Ocean observation systemsArvid Nøttveit, NORCE
10:55-11:10North Sea Ocean acidification monitoring Abdirahman Omar, NORCE
11:10-11:25Observed and simulated coherence and change in the Gulf Stream systemHelene Asbjørnsen, UiB
11:25-11:40A warmer and stronger Atlantic Inflow towards the Nordic SeasLars Henrik Smedsrud, UiB
11:40-11:55A 70-year perspective on convection in the warming Greenland SeaAnna-Marie Strehl, UiB
12:00-13:00Lunch with posters 

Session: The Living Ocean - adaptation to change

13:00-13:20 Keynote: Annual replacement of zooplankton populations in a shallow flow-through shelf seaCarin Ashjian, WHOI
13:20-13:35 Prey size and visibility is more important than prey abundance for planktivorous fish foraging and productionJohanna Aarflot, IMR
13:35-13:50 Spatiotemporal patterns and drivers of copepod population variability: Insights from empirical modeling across scalesIsabel Audrey Honda, WHOI
13:50-14:05Land use change and coastal water darkening drive synchronous dynamics in phytoplankton and fish phenology on centennial time scalesAnders Opdal, UiB
14:05-14:20 Northeast Arctic cod moving in climate adaptive ways as revealed by decadal scale trends in spawning timeTara Marshall, Aberdeen University
14:20-14:55Coffee break - with posters 
14:55-15:10How the the Greater Argentine concentrates the flow of food from the deep oceanTom Langbehn, UiB
15:10-15:25  Calanus in the Nordic Seas: Ecosystem models as a tool for knowledge validationMorten Skogen, IMR
15:25-15:40 Tracing changes in past marine biodiversity using sedimentary ancient DNAAgnes Weiner, NORCE
15:40-15:55 Reconstructing Arctic ecosystems using the molecular signatures of phytoplanktonKyle Mayers, NORCE
15:55-16:00 Closing remarks 

Program - Friday 19th of April


Session: The Deep and Unexplored Ocean

09:00-09:30Keynote: The legacy of Michael Sars in modern marine biologyLionel Christiaen and Timothy Lynagh,  Michael Sars Centre, UiB
09:30-09:45 The Mareano project – mapping the deep Rebecca Ross, IMR
09:45-10:00 Bioluminescence in deep-sea sharks: evolution and functionsNicolas Straube, the University Museum, UiB
10:00-10:15 Colonization and connectivity of island-like hard-bottom habitatsKirstin Meyer-Kaiser, WHOI
10:15-10:40 Coffee break - with posters 
10:40-11:00 Keynote: Deep sea P450s: Implications of pressure on protein structure and functionJohn Stegeman, WHOI
11:00-11:15 Arctic Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents: from basic knowledge to applicationsIda Helene Steen, Centre for Deep-Sea Research - BIO, UiB
11:15-11:30 Chemosynthesis-based ecosystems in the Arctic deep seaMari Eilertsen, Centre for Deep-Sea Research - BIO, UiB
11:30-11:45 Critical challenges for Arctic deep-sea researchPedro Ribeiro, Centre for Deep-Sea Research - BIO, UiB
11:45-12:00 Distribution and community assembly of meroplanktonic larvae in the ArcticKharis Schrage, WHOI
12:00-13:00 Lunch - with posters 

Session: An Ocean Under Stress

13:00-13:20 Perfluoroalkyl substances and cortisol levels in dolphins (Tursiops tursiops)Matthew O. Gribble, UCSF
13:20-13:35 Decoding marine mammal toxicologySofie Søderstrøm, BIO, UiB
13:35-13:50 Crude oil sensitivity in fish early life stages: from Atlantic haddock to Lesser sandeelElin Sørhus, IMR
13:50-14:05 Simulation of a large oil spill in the Lofoten region - exposure of fish early life stagesHåvard Frøysa, IMR
14:05-14:20 Physiological variation in lipid-storing copepodsAnn Tarrant, WHOI
14:20-14:40 Coffee break - with posters 
14:40-14:55 Microplastics in arctic animals – occurrence and effectsTanja Kögel, IMR
14:55-15:10 Tracking marine predators in a rapidly changing ocean: insights from shark-borne sensorsLaura McDonnell, WHOI
15:10-15:30Keynote: Environmental epigenetics: from toxicants to ocean acidificationNeel Aluru, WHOI (on zoom)
15:30-15:45Secrets of the Blue Whale genomeAnders Goksøyr, BIO, UiB
15:45-15:55Closing remarks 


Poster presentations

Poster title [author list]Presenter
Assessing the impacts of plasticizers and their metabolites on fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) fibroblasts [Authors: Anya Mukundan, Anders Goksøyr, Odd André Karlsen, Sofie Søderstrøm]Anya Greta Mukundan, Master student, biology, UiB
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) fibroblasts: optimizing culture conditions and unveiling toxicological insights of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) [Authors: Gunvor Einevoll Fimreite, Anders Goksøyr, Odd Andre Karlsen, Fekadu Yatedie, Sofie Søderstrøm]

Gunvor Einevoll Fimreite, Master student, environmental toxicology, UiB

Killer whale (Orcinus orca) fibroblasts: changes in cellular respiration due to PFAS exposure [Authors: Marta del Castillo González, Odd André Karlsen, Anders Goksøyr, Sofie Søderstrøm and Sara Zamani]Marta del Castillo González, Master student, environmental toxicology, UiB
Antifouling agents in aquaculture: A study on the bioaccumulation and effects of copper and tralopyril in blue mussels in a laboratory experiment [Authors: Dina Emilie Kristiansen, Aasim M. Ali, Dawit Berhe Ghebretnsae, Antonio Aguera, Berit Solli, Tore Strohmeier, Odd André Karlsen, Bjørn Einar Grøsvik]Dina Emilie Kristiansen, Master student, Institute of Marine Research and environmental toxicology, UiB

In silico analyses of cytochrome P450 families (CYP1, CYP3, and CYP51) among marine mammals [Authors: Iselin Steinshamn, Anders Goksøyr, Odd André Karlsen, Bram Danneels]

Iselin Steinshamn, Master student, microbiology, UiB
Effect of contaminants on the transcriptomic response of Northern Elephant Seals, Sheep and Human endothelial cells in low oxygen and high pressure conditions [Authors: Gwenaelle S. Noally, Elizabeth Piotrowski, Sofie Søderstrøm, José Pablo Vázquez-Medina, Anders Goksøyr]

Gwenaëlle Noally, Master student, environmental toxicology, UiB

First report of the soft flesh-inducing parasite Kudoa thyrsites in Gadiformes fish from coastal Norway: evidence of a threat to fisheries and aquaculture? [Authors: Lucilla Giulietti, Arne Levsen, Miguel Bao, Egil Karlsbakk, Julia E. Storesund, Hui-Shan Tung, Paolo Cipriani]Lucilla Giulietti, Postdoctoral Researcher, Contaminants and Biohazards, Institute of Marine Research
See SEAS poster page (29 posters)Postdoctoral fellows of the MSCA SEAS programme at UiB