We Are Moving to New OfficesSince the Department of Biology became co-located in its new buildings roughly three years ago, the Theoretical Ecology Group has been living a life in isolation in the building next door. Although the distance has not been more than a few meters, we have missed the daily joy of bumping into colleagues in the corridors. Not so any more. By the end of August all members of the Theoretical Ecology Group will have moved to their new offices within the main building of the Department of Biology. From then on you find us in Thormøhlensgate 53B, floor 3, with postdocs on floor 2. Further good news is that we now will share corridor with Evofish and the Evolutionary Ecology Research Group. We are looking forward to new interactions!
|[18 Aug 2013]|
Selina Våge in Nature on Why SAR11 Bacteria Are So Successful in the Pelagic Ocean
Link to the article on Nature's website:
|[6 Aug 2013]|
Evolution of Growth Most Read in Marine Ecology in 2012Our paper on fishing-induced evolution of growth was listed first among the most accessed papers in Marine Ecology in 2012: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1439-0485/homepage/MostAccessed.html
|[11 Jul 2013]|
New PhD Student: Nadia Fouzai
We have a new PhD student in the group - Nadia Fouzai started late last year and is already developing her first paper on how temperature operates to influence physiology, behaviour and eventually growth and survival in larval cod. Her PhD project is connected to the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER (The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change). Her thesis will be on how temperature and other climate-related environmental factors can affect the survival of larval cod. Supervisors will be Øyvind Fiksen, Anders F. Opdal, and Christian Jørgensen.
Nadia is from Tunisia, and did her undergraduate at National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia (INAT), then she went to Spain to take a Masters of Science degree within the field of Fisheries economics and management, at University of Barcelona. Her Masters thesis was entitled Management of the Adriatic Sea Exploited Marine Ecosystem by means of the Application of Ecopath Modelling and the Simulation Tool Ecospace, taken at Institute of Marine Science (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. Her thesis was later published in Journal of Marine Systems, see below. She speaks Arabic, French, Spanish and English - and has just started on a Norwegian course.
According to her own words she is not deterred by the climate in Bergen. We hope she will adapt to the climate, just as her cod larvae!
|[11 Feb 2013]|
Negative Effects of Trawling Receives Attention in National NewspaperThe Norwegian national newspaper VG recently published an article focusing on the negative effects of trawling, directed towards the ongoing debate concerning future oil production in Lofoten, an important spawning area for the Northeast Arctic cod. Journalist Inga R. Holst argued that not only the oil industry, but also the fishing industry faces serious environmental challenges. Researcher Anders F. Opdal commented on the ongoing research in the Theoretical Ecology Group regarding the negative consequences trawling, and how a modern trawl fishery has altered the both demography and spawning distribution of the Northeast Arctic cod stock. You can read the whole story here.
|[10 Feb 2013]|
Darwin Day 2013 with Andrew Read and Evolutionary MedicineThe program for the annual Darwin Day, on Tuesday 12 February, is now out. Professor Andrew Read from Pennsylvania State University will talk about drug resistance, evolving pathogens, and evolutionary medicine. At 12:00 he will give a talk at Haukeland University Hospital, and at 18:00 a lecture at the Student Centre. The evening lecture is arranged in collaboration with the Horizons seminar series by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiB, and the lunch lecture in collaboration with Centre for International Health and Haukeland University Hospital.
|[9 Jan 2013]|
Evolution of Mating Systems Featured in National NewspaperProject leader Sigrunn Eliassen and researcher Christian Jørgensen recently received news that a new four-year project on the evolution of mating systems received funding by the Research Council of Norway. The Norwegian national newspaper Aftenposten highlighted this as the type of innovative science that the national funding body would like to support more strongly in the coming years. A post-doc will be recruited to the project, and work in collaboration with the University of Bergen's Center for Women's and Gender Research.
|[3 Jan 2013]|
Trait-Based Ecosystem ModelsTrait-based ecosystem models are becoming more popular and taken into use in a wide range of applications and questions in oceanography. Øyvind Fiksen has been on a one-year sabbatical at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA, working with Mick Follows and his group The Darwin Project. Read more about what they think about the future for Trait-based ecosystem models here:
|[6 Sep 2012]|
Featured Article in MEPS: Internal Waves and Vertical Migrations
|[26 Apr 2012]|
Special Issue on Fish-Zooplankton Interactions in the Norwegian SeaEffects of interactions between fish populations on ecosystem dynamics in the Norwegian Sea - results of the INFERNO project is the title of a special issue of Marine Biology Research published today. Geir Huse, Jens Christian Holst, Kjell Rong Utne, Leif Nøttestad, Webjørn Melle, Aril Slotte, and Geir Ottersen are guest editors. The volume includes several articles using the Norwecom end-to-end model, with contributions from Geir Huse, Solfrid Sætre Hjøllo, Morten D. Skogen, and Kjell Rong Utne, among others. The Special Issue is found online at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/smar20/8/5-6.
|[25 Apr 2012]|
Seminar Series in Marine Ecosystem ModellingStarting April 2012, the Theoretical Ecology Group arranges a weekly seminar series on marine ecological modelling, with a special focus on issues of relevance for development of the NORWECOM end-to-end ecosystem model. Talks may include a wide variety of topics in quantitative ecology. The seminar series is a meeting point for ecologists, geophysicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists from UiB (Dept. of Biology, Geophysical Institute, Dept. of Mathematics), Uni Research, Institute of Marine Research, and other research institutes, and is open to all interested. Check here for location and upcoming program.
|[21 Apr 2012]|
PhD Position: 45 Applications ReceivedA total of 45 applications was received for the 3-year PhD position connected to the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER. The successful candidate will model responses in cod larvae to climate change, and work with Øyvind Fiksen, Christian Jørgensen, and Anders F. Opdal.
|[11 Apr 2012]|
Open PhD Position: Cod Larvae and Climate ChangeA 3-year PhD position connected to the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER is now announced.
The successful applicant will perform theoretical modelling studies on larval cod growth and survival in scenarios of future oceanographic conditions. The research question is how recruitment success of larval cod will depend on changes in environmental and ecological conditions such as ocean temperature, acidity, primary production, optics and prey availability. The candidate will apply optimality modelling and individual-based models to integrate from physiological processes to ecological and evolutionary mechanisms involved in long-term changes of the environment.
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with background in one or more of the following disciplines: biological oceanography, ecology, evolution, behavioural ecology, larval fish biology, life history theory, physiology and theoretical biology. Candidates with backgrounds from related disciplines will also be considered. Good communication and writing skills in English and a desire to engage in collaborative research are essential.
For further information and to apply, please visit
|[23 Feb 2012]|
Visitor from the Red Sea Research CenterPerdana Karim Prihartato is an Indonesian PhD student of professor Stein Kaartvedt at the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST in Saudi Arabia. He visits TEG in October 2011 to learn Dynamic Programming and to start modeling the life history and behavior of Red Sea mesopelagic fish by this method. He is cooperating here with Rune Rosland (who studied Norwegian mesopelagic fish by the same modeling tools in his PhD) and Jarl Giske, who is also his co-supervisor at KAUST.
|[4 Oct 2011]|
Group Meeting at Herdla
In addition to members from the Department of Biology, researchers from Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and Uni Research (Uni) were also present. Part of the discussions revolved around plans for how to establish a research centre with all three research institutions involved.
Two new faces also joined the meeting and presented their science. Rebecca Holt is beginnig a PhD on cod and climate change in September. Leo Zijerveld is a long-term visitor from the Sottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, and is completing a PhD on the dynamics of disease outbreaks.
|[14 Jun 2011]|
New PhD Student: Rebecca HoltRebecca Holt from Plymouth, United Kingdom, has been offered the position as PhD Student in connection with the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER (The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change). She plans to begin in September, and her thesis will study temperature adaptations in cod. Supervisors will be Christian Jørgensen and Øyvind Fiksen.
There were a total of 52 applicants, ten were interviewed, and Rebecca was ranked first by the committee.
|[13 Jun 2011]|
Long-Term Visitor: Leo ZijerveldLeo Zijerveld is a visiting PhD Student from Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland, Sottish Agricultural College. His interests are stochastic models for the spread of disease in heterogeneous wildlife populations. To derive parameter estimates for such models, he uses time series data and Markov Chain Monte Carlo inference techniques.
|[12 Jun 2011]|
Many PhD ApplicantsA stunning fifty-two applications were received for the recently announced PhD position as part of the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER (The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change). Several of the candidates are excellent, and interviewing will begin soon. But first one has to get throughly through the nearly 2000 pages of letters and documentation to make sure everyone has been evaluated fairly.
|[27 Apr 2011]|
Open Position: 4-year PhD ScholarshipWe currently have a four-year PhD scholarship open. The position is part of The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change, and will involve evolutionary modelling of adaptations to climate change in the Atlantic cod. The application deadline is 30 March 2011. Follow this link to find out more.
|[17 Feb 2011]|
Anders Frugård Opdal Hired as ResearcherAnders F. Opdal defended his PhD thesis in November 2010 and has now been hired as researcher in Uni Computing. His focus will be to combine models of fish larval survival and drift from oceanography models, with life history models for the adult phase in a fish's life. The aim is to close the life cycle in a broad perspective by coupling these modelling tools. The research is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the Havet and Kysten thematic programme.
|[10 Feb 2011]|
Marc Mangel Becomes Adjunct ProfessorProfessor Marc Mangel at University of California Santa Cruz joined TEC in November 2010 as Adjunct Professor at Department of Biology.
His relationships with TEC date back to the early 1990s. He has been guest lecturer on several UiB PhD courses, co-supervisor for UiB PhD students, host for TEC researchers at sabbaticals, and co-authors in several of our journal articles. In his adjunct professorship he will participate in three TEC core activities, namely Evolution of mating systems, Evolution in Fisheries Science, and Animal Decision Making.
More information about Marc can be found at his web page: http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~msmangel/.
|[1 Feb 2011]|
Nordic Center of Excellence LaunchedThe Nordic Center of Excellence NorMER (The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change) was granted funding November 2010 and is now launching its activities.
The center is led from the Univesity of Oslo (chaired by Professor Nils Christian Stenseth) in conjunction with the Stockholm Resilience Center (Professor Carl Folke is co-chair). Department of Biology, University of Bergen, is one of nine nodes across the Nordic countries. Øyvind Fiksen leads the UiB involvement. You can read more about the network and its organisation at http://www.normer.org
The network will research climate change effects on Atlantic cod, a species with a wide distribution in Nordic waters and of great regional economic importance. The main activity of the centre will be to fund 16 PhD students and 4 postdocs that will visit several of the nodes. The first positions will be announced 18 February 2011 with application deadline 30 March 2011.
|[21 Jan 2011]|
Dag L. Aksnes
|Group Leader UiB, Professor|
Rebecca E. Holt
|Group Leader Uni, Researcher|
Anders F. Opdal
|Forum for Marine Ecological Modelling|
Solfrid Sætre Hjøllo
|Group Leader IMR, Researcher|
Morten D. Skogen
Kjell Rong Utne