Øystein Varpe's picture
  • E-mailoystein.varpe@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 44 53+47 977 62 645
  • Visitor Address
    Thormøhlens gate 53 A/B
    5006 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

Much of my research is on why we observe variation in life histories and behaviour, both within and between species, and how this variation influences population dynamics, interactions and ecosystems. I am also deeply fascinated by seasonality and aim to understand how seasonal environments shape ecological processes and evolutionary adaptations. Most of my work is in marine ecosystems, and on birds, fish and zooplankton, but I also collaborate on projects where terrestrial organisms are studied. I am currently starting several new projects in coastal systems and on human impacts on organisms and ecological interactions. I combine investigations in the field (including experiments) with mathematical models and statistical analyses of data. My main position is with BIO, with adjunct position at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

For more, visit the Seasonal Ecology Group or my Research Gate profile.

Keywords: evolutionary ecology, population biology, marine ecology, phenology, life history traits, migration, meta-ecosystems

I am involved in the following courses at BIO:

BIO212 Marine Community Ecology - Organisms and Habitats (main responsibility)

BIO100 Introduction to Evolution and Ecology

BIO102 Organismal Biology 2

I am the UiB and BIO coordinator of the IMBRSea program


Contributions at other departments or faculites at UiB:

JUS293-2-A Law of the Sea and its Uses


Contributions at other institutions:

BL7056 Marine Ecosystem Dynamics, Stockholm University

AB322 Fluxes of Nutrients, Energy and Contaminants from Sea to Land, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)


Check out the rich resources on teaching and learning offered by bioCEED

I was involved in bioCEED for several years. This link expands a bit on my involvement and pedagogical journey.

Via Google Scholar

or via Seasonal Ecology Group


Three recent publications:

Varpe Ø, Bauer S. 2022. Seasonal animal migrations and the Arctic: ecology, diversity, and spread of infectious agents. pp 47-76 In: Tryland M [ed.] Arctic one health - challenges for northern animals and people. Springer International Publishing. chapter online

Finne EA, Varpe Ø, Durant JM, Gabrielsen GW, Poste AE. 2022. Fluxes from an Arctic seabird colony to the adjacent coastal marine ecosystem. Polar Biology open access

Planque B, Aarflot JM, Buttay L, Carroll J, Fransner F, Hansen C, Husson B, Keenlyside N, Langangen Ø, Lindstrøm U, Nilsen I, Pedersen T, Primicerio R, Sivel E, Skogen MD, Strombom E, Stige LC, Varpe Ø, Yoccoz NG. 2022. A standard protocol for describing the evaluation of ecological models. Ecological Modelling 471: 110059 open access



And some "classics":

Varpe Ø, Daase M, Kristiansen T. 2015. A fish-eye view on the new Arctic lightscape. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72: 2532-2538 abstract pdf

Ji R, Jin M, Varpe Ø. 2013. Sea ice phenology and timing of primary production pulses in the Arctic Ocean. Global Change Biology  19: 734-741 abstract

Varpe Ø. 2012. Fitness and phenology: annual routines and zooplankton adaptations to seasonal cycles. Journal of Plankton Research 34: 267-276  full text

Varpe Ø, Jørgensen C, Tarling GA, Fiksen Ø 2007. Early is better: seasonal egg fitness and timing of reproduction in a zooplankton life-history model. Oikos 116: 1331-1342  pdf 

Varpe Ø, Tveraa T, Folstad I. 2004. State-dependent parental care in the Antarctic petrel: responses to manipulated chick age during early chick rearing. Oikos 106 (3) 479-488 pdf


My ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5895-6983









I frequently take part in MSc and PhD supervision. 

Information about the study program for Master's in biology at UiB can be found here: https://www.uib.no/en/studies/MAMN-BIO

The three specialisations (sub-programs) closest to my research interests and projects are: 1) Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology, 2) Marine Biology, 3) Environmental Toxicology

For an overview of current and some past PhD and MSc candidates where I am/was involved as adviser, take a look at the people section of the Seasonal Ecology Group.


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