Ireen Vieweg Post doc RF-2, UiT

What is your specific role in the project?

I am going to investigate the biological effects of crude oil exposure on polar cod (Boreogadus saida), a true Arctic fish species that is well adapted to sub-zero water temperatures and the extreme changes in food availability in Arctic waters throughout the year. The seasonal changes in the energy budget of polar cod is going to be an important focus of my Postdoc work.

Which scientific question do you hope to answer at the end of the project?

Does the seasonal change in energy reserves of polar cod affect their sensitivity towards crude oil exposure?

If you had to choose another discipline within the Nansen Legacy, which one would you choose?

I would choose physical oceanography.

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

I am fascinated by how marine organisms are adapted to the conditions in Arctic waters, a habitat that is characterized by constantly cold temperatures and strong shifts in light and food availability over the seasons.

What is the first thing you think off when hearing the name, Fridtjof Nansen?

I think of Nansen as an inspiring person both as scientist and polar explorer.

Which book/film/music has made the largest impression on you lately?

The trilogy “De usynlige” by Roy Jacobsen, which describes life of a family on a remote island in Northern Norway (Helgelandskysten) during World War I.

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