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Mechanisms and Adaptations

Our aim is to understand how processes at the level of individuals drive dynamics of populations and communities. We focus on individual trade-offs and use trait-based models to explain ecological and evolutionary patterns. Please navigate through our pages to read more about our Research, our Publications, and us.

Most of the Theoretical Ecology Group, as of January 2016. From left to right: Sergey Budaev, Anders Opdal, Camilla H. Jensen, Christian Jørgensen, Jaqueline Weidner (partly hidden), Elisabeth Åsly, Johanna Fall, Sigrunn Eliassen, Ryan Dillon, Adéle Mennerat, Dag Aksnes, Øyvind Fiksen, Tom Langbehn, Gabriella Ljungström, Chris Lindemann, and Johanna Aarfloth.

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Nadia Fouzai Defends Her PhD Thesis
Congratulations to Nadia Fouzai who defended her PhD Thesis Adaptive Behaviour along Environmental Gradients in Larval Cod - An Optimality Modelling Approach on 9 January 2019!
[9 January 2019]

Marc Mangel Receives AIFRB Outstanding Achievement Award
In December 2018, Marc Mangel was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB). AIRFB is an association to establish and maintain high professional standards of recognition of achievement and competence.
[12 December 2018]

Why Do Fish Aggregate on Banks?
Large zooplankton avoid predation from fish by sinking into deep and dark depths of the ocean. However, over sea summits and banks they are blocked from sinking very deep by the bottom already at depths that are quite illuminated during daytime. This gives visual foragers such as fish an advantage, and they are more likely to find food over banks than over deep trenches.
[23 November 2018]


Dag L. Aksnes
Sergey Budaev
PhD Student
Ryan J. Dillon
Associate Professor
Sigrunn Eliassen
PhD student
Johanna Fall
Group Leader, Professor
Øyvind Fiksen
PhD Student
Nadia Fouzai
Jarl Giske
PhD Student
Laura Hildesheim
PhD Student
Camilla Håkonsrud Jensen
Christian Jørgensen
PhD Student
Tom J. Langbehn
Christian Lindemann
PhD Student
Gabriella Ljungström
Adjunct Professor
Marc Mangel
Adéle Mennerat
Anders F. Opdal
PhD student
Nicolas J. I. Rodriguez
PhD Student
Jacqueline Weidner
PhD Student
Johanna Myrseth Aarflot