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Johanna Myrseth Aarflot PostDoc (imr), RF4

What did you do before you joint the Nansen Legacy?

I completed an MSc in Fisheries biology and management at the University of Bergen in 2007, working with theoretical modelling to evaluate harvest control rules for fisheries management. Following my MSc, I did a business-degree at ESCP Europe (London) and worked several years both in the waste management industry and with non-profit organizations in Norway.

In 2016, I started on a PhD at the Institute of Marine Research and the University of Bergen within the subject of marine ecology. The aim of my project was to enhance our understanding of feeding opportunities for planktivorous fish in the Barents Sea ecosystem, and I used a combination of empirical data analyses (data from IMR Ecosystem cruise, Barents Sea) and theoretical modelling of visual foraging mechanics. My core focus was on how zooplankton are distributed vertically in this ecosystem, and how the vertical prey distributions affect the fish’ ability to visually detect zooplankton over the Barents Sea seascape.

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What will you be working on within the Nansen Legacy?

I will work with the development and implementation of a Calanus glacialis individual based model (IBM) within the NORWECOM.E2E model system (northern Barents Sea), and investigate questions related to how expected future ocean climate conditions will impact lower trophic levels in the Arctic.

Photo: Terje van der Meeren

What are you looking most forward to in your Post doc project?

I am looking very much forward to doing science concerning lower trophic levels, climate change and Arctic ecosystems, and to networking with other researchers and recruits in the Nansen Legacy project.

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

The ice! Organisms living in the Arctic have adapted to an environment where the light penetration to the water column is limited by ice-coverage on a seasonal or permanent basis. We know so little about the structure and function of ecosystems beneath the ice, and how organisms adapted to this environment will respond when the sea ice retreats in a warmer climate.

Photo: Peter Leopold

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

A large man with a mustard, standing in a frozen environment with a fur coat.

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

Helen Sword – Stylish Academic Writing. I can highly recommend this book to everyone interested in learning more about efficient science communication and how to write good scientific papers.

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Photo tittle page: Øyvind Ganesh Eknes

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