• E-mailIrina.Zhulay@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Thormøhlens gate 53 A/B
    5006 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

I am working on the Eco-Safe Ridge Mining Project (Eco-Safe project). The project is aimed to gain knowledge on Arctic deep-sea biota and environment across the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge – a region where deep-sea mining is currently under consideration. Data generated during the project will shed some light on poorly known Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge ecosystems, which will further help to evaluate the potential impacts of the mining on these ecosystems and develop mitigation actions regarding the mining in the region. My research at UiB focuses on analyzing seafloor imagery collected with an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and a description of benthic biotopes associated with seafloor mineral deposits. 

Myreserach interests include: (1) functioning and dynamics of Arctic marine ecosystems, in particular benthic communities; (2) deep-sea ecosystems; (3) ecosystem responses to climate change; (4) effects of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment; (5) marine food webs.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Reduced efficiency of pelagic–benthic coupling in the Arctic deep sea during lower ice cover. Scientific Reports. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Functional Pattern of Benthic Epifauna in the Chukchi Borderland, Arctic Deep Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Epibenthic megafauna communities in Northeast Greenland vary across coastal, continental shelf and slope habitats. Polar Biology. 1623-1642.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Epifaunal communities across marine landscapes of the deep Chukchi Borderland (Pacific Arctic). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Effects of aquaculture fallowing on the recovery of macrofauna communities. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 381-390.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Is benthic biodiversity homogeneous or heterogeneous in the deep Arctic Ocean?
  • Show author(s) (2023). Epibenthic biodiversity, community assembly, and food web structure across an Arctic seascape. .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Epibenthic Communities in Northeast Greenland: Taxonomic, Functional, and Trophic Structure.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Biological and functional traits of Arctic deep-sea benthos. .
  • Show author(s) (2018). Epifaunal communities at ridge, plateau and basin locations in the Chukchi Borderland, Arctic deep sea.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Life at the Bottom of the Central Arctic Ocean: Epibenthic Composition at Lomonosov Ridge and Morris Jessup Rise.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The Chukchi Borderlands – Unexplored Seafloor Communities. .
  • Show author(s) (2017). Epibenthic communities in the Amerasian deep-sea Chukchi Borderland.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2018). Trait-based approaches in rapidly changing ecosystems: A roadmap to the future polar oceans. Ecological Indicators. 722-736.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

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