Johanna graduated in 2009 with a Masters thesis in Fisheries management: Managing marine fish populations under uncertain estimates. What are the benefits of stock information?
Why did you choose the Theoretical Ecology Group, and how did you hear about us?
During my Bachelor degree, I took a course in aquatic ecology with prof. Øyvind Fiksen where he introduced us to theoretical modeling. I was very fascinated by how one could explain/simulate nature with mathematical equations, and decided that I wanted to do my thesis using this type of research method.
Can you give a short summary of your thesis?
I did my thesis in fisheries management, studying how uncertainty in fish population estimates affects the annual harvest of the population as well as fluctuations in the population's biomass. The results have been presented at international conferences and published in a scientific journal:
|J. Myrseth, K. Enberg, M. Heino, and Ø. Fiksen. 2011.|
Do accurate stock estimates increase harvest and reduce variability in fisheries yield?
Natural Resource Modelling 24: 222-241. [ pdf ]
Did you have any expectations or ambitions about what you wanted to do after university?
Not really. When finishing my degree at the University of Bergen I wanted to broaden my academic background, so I continued studying a junior MBA degree at a business school in London.
Where do you work now?
I am currently working as an HR advisor in Norsk Gjenvinning, which is a large corporation in the Norwegian waste management industry.
Was it difficult to get a relevant job?
It was a bit challenging, as I finished my business studies at the commence of the financial crisis. I focused on choosing the industry I wanted to work in, and was open to many different types of positions.
Can you specify your main responsibilities at your workplace?
As an HR advisor I give advice and assist the organization in all kinds of human resources related issues, ranging from collective bargaining agreements to the Norwegian Working Environment Act (Arbeidsmiljøloven). Internal and external reporting on human resource indicators and statistics is also a large part of the position.
Is it possible to pinpoint any specific skills obtained during your education that have been particularly useful?
Analytical skills and being accustomed to working with numbers and equations have been very useful both during my business studies and in my daily work life afterwards.