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1999-2002 Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway, and the University of Stirling, Scotland
1993-1996 BSc (Hons) in Biological Science
The University of Reading, England.
2013-present Research Group leader for Population Genetics group at IMR.
2012-present Adjunct Professor in Genetics, Sea Lice Research Centre, University of Bergen.
2009-present 1183 Principal scientist, IMR.
2002-2009 Post Dr, 1109 and 1110 scientist positions at IMR.
I have been the leader for the population genetics group at IMR since 2013. The group has ~30 employees, including scientific and technical staff, as well as post Drs and PhD students. The group publishes ~30 scientific papers yearly and has won the IMR prize for best publication of the year in four of the past seven years. The research group is part of IMRs formal organizational structure and my position includes scientific, administrative and personal responsibility for all members of the group.
SELECTED CURRENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
The below list (which is not complete) reflects some of the projects I manage. Past projects are not listed to save space, but include EU projects, National platform projects, Strategic Institute Projects, and the National Farmed Salmon Monitoring Program for Norway.
1. 2007 ongoing: The Norwegian minke whale genetic database. This is a DNA register over all captured minke whales under Norwegian commercial quota in the period 1996-present (~10 000 whales). This is possibly the only DNA register used to actively monitor trade and exploitation of a CITES listed species globally. Annual budget ca. 1.5mill Nok.
2. 2016-2019: WP leader in Quantescape II. This is a large national knowledge platform project including collaboration between several institutes looking into the genetic and ecological consequences of farmed salmon escapees. Total budget ca. 20 mill. Nok.
3. 2016-2017: Genetic background of domestication. This is a small project between the Marine Harvest and IMR looking into the genetics of domestication in Salmon.
4. 2015 ongoing: Scientific support to the National Monitoring Program for Farmed escapees. Project financed with resources from the Norwegian Department of Trade and Industry to look into genetic issues related to farmed escapees and their interactions with wild fish. Annual budget ca. 3.5 mill. Nok.
SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT TO REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
Two of the projects I currently manage (Minke whale DNA register and Scientific support to the National Monitoring Program for farmed escapees) have a direct connection to the legal authorities. We offer DNA analyses as a routine forensic service to support the Norwegian Directorate of fisheries and police. The analyses conducted within these projects have led to the successful prosecutions. Example of a press-release connected with such a case:
EXAMPLES OF SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE WORK
2013 – ongoing. Contributing editor of Aquaculture Environment Interactions.
2011 – 2013. Member of the official Norwegian delegation for the IWC.
TEACHING + SUPERVISION
2005 - ongoing. Annual lecturer for the MSc course: “Environmental impacts of aquaculture” at the University of Bergen. 3x double lectures on sea lice and genetic interactions.
2008. Lecturer for the course “Applying microsatellite techniques to aquatic systems”. Nordic Marine Academy held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology/Trondheim.
Supervision or co-supervision of PhD students = 5 (past), 2 (present), and Masters students = 1 (past) 1 (present).
PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
I have 101 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals in the period 2001-2017. Of these, 47 were published 2014-2017. H-value 22 with 1649 total citations. Selected publications below: