Evolutionary ecology

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A school of EvoFish

Evolutionary Ecology (EvoFish) is a research group working on both fundamental and applied aspects of eco-evolutionary biology.

We work with various aspects of evolutionary ecology and population ecology: human-induced evolution (including fisheries-induced evolution), environmental influence on fish behaviour and cognition, evolutionary parasitology, and plant-animal interactions. Our focal species include guppy, salmon lice, salmon, and gobies. We have strong traditions in biostatistics, experiments, and modelling.

Evolutionary Ecology has been in existence in some form or another since the reorganization of BIO in 2004. Evolutionary Fisheries Ecology (EvoFish) was established in 2007 with a grant from the Bergen Research Foundation. In 2013, the original EE and EvoFish merged. To reflect the breath of our research we took Evolutionary Ecology as the official group name, but kept EvoFish as the short form.

New PhD
Portrait of Marion Claireaux

Marion Claireaux and herring life history

On January 11th, Marion Claireaux successfully defended her thesis "Long-term changes in life-history traits of Norwegian spring-spawning herring"

Research visit
Ocean and coastline with setting sun

A brief moment in the (California) sun

After finishing all my lectures for the autumn semester, I had a chance to visit University of California at Santa Barbara for some peaceful working days, sun, and a little bit of tourism.

Master degree
Synne Myhre Sunde presenting her slides

Synne finishes her master thesis

Lanternfish stomachs can become an exciting MSc thesis, as Synne Myhre Sunde has shown in the thesis she defended in late December.

Torborg Rustand presenting her Master thesis

Torborg finishes her master thesis

A krill hotspot in the Antarctica was identified as a spawning area and located in cold water near the continental shelf edge of the South Orkney area, while salp hotspots were located in warmer and deeper waters. These findings are recently reported by Torborg Rustand in her Master thesis

Martine presenting her Master thesis

Martine finishes her Master thesis

Martine R. Solås reports in her Master thesis that enriched rearing reduced post-release growth of Atlantic salmon fry (Salmo salar). Moreover, predatory brown trout fed selectively on small fry.

Master with Evolutionary Ecology?

We can offer a range of projects related to fish behaviour and life histories, fish dynamics, salmon louse and other parasites, etc., that are relevant for the Master programmes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology, Marine Biology, Aquaculture Biology, and Fisheries Biology and Management.