What is your specific role in the project?
As a participant and PhD supervisor in Research Foci 3 "The living Barents Sea", the focus is on investigating climate-change induced shifts in trophic relations and alterations on food quantity/quality and trophic transfer efficiency in the Barents Sea ecosystem. Especially the role of tiny protists grazing on phytoplankton and their role as a food source for larger zooplankton in a future Barents Sea are a central research focus.
Which scientific question do you hope to answer at the end of the project?
How does the nutritional quality and quantity in the diets of planktonic consumers vary on seasonal and spatial scales in the Barents Sea ecosystem and how does climate change affect trophic relations and the nutritional condition of consumers under future ocean conditions.
What is the first thing you think off when hearing the name, Fridtjof Nansen?
The ship FRAM and Nansen’s FRAM expedition. Based on Nansen's observations on drift and ocean currents recorded during the Fram expedition, the so-called Ekman-spiral describing the effects of surface winds on the oceans current systems was described.