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Bodil Bluhm Benthologist RF3, UiT

What is your specific role in the project?

Coordination of work within RF3 including cruise planning, ensuring coherence and integration within and among (sub-)tasks and RFs-RAs, advising / mentoring PhD students and post-docs, working towards building a museum and photo collection of project species, studying aspects of pelagic-benthic coupling and biodiversity etc.

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

I hope to contribute to answering the overarching RF3 questions, briefly: What is characteristic of the marine life in the marginal ice zone of the northern Barents Sea and adjacent basin; how do environmental conditions impact the timing of biological processes? What is the magnitude and variability of primary and secondary production across trophic levels? How and at what rate do carbon and nutrients cycle through the food web, and what determines the rate of the processes involved?

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

I would want to learn much more about physical oceanographic processes and water masses.

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

Its beauty and heterogeneity. I have been fortunate to see and study the inflow shelves that are teaming with life and activity, a sedimentary, river-impacted interior shelf, the fjordic landscapes of islands, the maze of passages in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago – and the deep basins, which perhaps lure me the most.

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

I think of the Fram and the wonderful exhibit we have enjoyed with the entire family in the Fram (and Gjøa) museum. I am also thinking off Nansen’ many lasting and ground-breaking achievements in areas as diverse as zoology, physical oceanography, sea ice biology and humanitarian causes.

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

David Attenborough’s animal and nature films keep impressing me. The way he documents nature’s wonders is both educational and authentic, and can inspire us in the Nansen Legacy.

Photos: Christian Morel / christianmorel.net; www.mostphotos.com