University of Oslo (CEES)

The first Norwegian node, the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, is a Norwegian national Centre of Excellence and employs around 115 persons. The purpose of the CEES is to combine the competence of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, climatologists, statisticians and mathematicians in order to approach major, but still unresolved, scientific challenges in the fields of ecology and evolution.
GreenMAR will benefit from several ongoing international collaborations that provide a multidisciplinary research environment hosted by CEES:
  1. The NCoE on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics (NorMER) stimulates collaboration among scientists from 10 different institutions who jointly educate 16 PhD students and 4 postdocs on topics related to climate change
  2. The Fisheries induced evolution in Atlantic cod investigated by ancient and historic samples project and
  3. The the Aqua Genome project project. Both genomic projects by using latest sequencing methods, characterize recent evolutionary change due to climatic or anthropogenic factors and through the sequencing of one thousand genomes of both cod and salmon provide a fundamental understanding of the genetic basis of phenotypic variation in key traits. The multidisciplinary environment of CEES allows the direct integration of these insights into the GreenMAR project.
Name Description
Dr. Anne Maria Eikeset (PI and Research Cluster 3 leader)
Dr. Eikeset works on how fishing and climate affects dynamics and life history evolution, and the socio-economic effects of these changes. She has been intimately involved with the development and running of several international collaborative projects (e.g., NorMER, ADMAR) including being the architect and PI of GreenMAR. She is leading one of the four work-packages in the Project "Adaptive management of living marine resources by integrating different data sources and key ecological processes" (ADMAR). Her main research interest is the interface between ecology, evolution and economics, and she works on this main theme along three main avenues: (i) The interplay between ecology and evolution, that is, eco-evolutionary dynamics (ii) Bioeconomics and how to manage common pool resources as such as commercial fish stocks, and (iii) biological and social complexity, for example how to derive optimal harvest control rules, and maintain and ensure resilient ecosystems against perturbations. For this work she uses a wide range of model tools, from time-series analysis to network models, inclusing some is computer-intensive models. All of this work has been very relevant for GreenMAR.
Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth (co-PI)
Director of CEES, chair of NorMER, Chief Scientist II at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
and in 2014 President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and fellow of several other Academies. He is a population ecologist with broad experience on both terrestrial and marine systems. His personal research interests span a broad spectrum of ecological and evolutionary topics, most of which are rooted in population biology, but as the director of the CEES, he maintains a supportive scientific environment for an extensive and interdisciplinary array of projects.
Dr. Joël Durant
Working on trophic interactions over a wide area of ecosystems and has added to the match-mismatch discussion, topics of relevance for integrating the effects of climate into biological and economic studies of fisheries.

Dr. Leif Chr. Stige (Research Cluster 1 leader)

Studied a wide range of biological systems using statistical methods, including analyses of nonstationary effects of climate on zooplankton and fish populations in the Barents Sea, and in coupling oceanographic and statistical modeling approaches.
Dr. Marcos Llope
Focuses on the concepts of regime shift, resilience and hysteresis in marine ecosystems, using statistical approaches to understand the causes and mechanisms behind regime shifts, which are important input to ecosystem based management.

Anna-Marie Winter

Focuses on fisheries management in the context of climate change using bio-economic modeling. Will also be investigating Allee effect dynamics and the recovery potential of depleted fish stocks.
Dr. Jason D Whittington
Scientific Director of the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER, and co-leader of IPEV Programme 137 at CNRS-Strasbourg in collaboration with the Centre Scientifique de Monaco. His research focus is on the behavioural ecology and population dynamics of species in response to ecosystem variability, especially in Arctic and Antartic ecosystems, both with seabirds and fish.
Dr. Florian Diekert
Works on humans inter-relations with the social and natural environment, and is recognized publications on optimal and non-cooperative age-structured harvesting of marine resources.
Dr. Sissel Jentoft
Has a broad experience in marine functional genomics and is currently coordinating the cod-sequencing projects at CEES, taking advantage of genomics and molecular biology to address key questions on local adaptation and population dynamics.
Prof. Kjetill Jakobsen
Studying the genetic forces acting upon populations and the relationship between genetics and ecological and evolutionary processes.
Dr. Bastiaan Star
Analyzing whole genome data from historic and ancient Atlantic cod specimens to assess the evolutionary impacts of climatic and anthropogenic change.
Tore O. Elgvin
Works on communication of science and outreach as part of his compulsory work in his PhD. He is an educated journalist with experience from national media (NRK).
Kristina Kvile Is completing a NorMER PhD on spatial dynamics of zooplankton in the Barents Sea
Giovanni Romagnoni
A NorMER PhD studying the implementation of marine reserves in relation to changes in Atlantic cod population
dynamics and climate variation.


Published Dec. 13, 2013 2:49 PM - Last modified Feb. 6, 2018 10:27 AM