My research interests span across several disciplines in marine science, from behavioural ecology of aquatic organisms to fisheries biology. I did my first scientific work on ecology and evolution of mimicry in coral reef fishes, supervised by Prof. Geoffrey P. Jones (James Cook University, Australia), one of the masters of field experimentation. This work was formative for me in the sense that I have developed a firm belief in the potential and value of properly designed (field) experiments. In my PhD (Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo) I focused on conservation biology of European lobster in marine reserves context. Under the broad marine conservation biology umbrella, I am interested in effects of restoring ‘natural’ age and size structure in harvested populations on reproduction, recruitment and survival. Additionally, I am interested in the study of marine animal movement behaviours and habitat selection in relation to life stage and survival, and its bearings on marine reserve- / MPA design. At present, my research is focused on European lobster and coastal Atlantic cod. In the future I will extend my research on marine reserves to effects beyond their borders (spillover and recruitment effects). As a scientific diver I value SCUBA diving as a versatile and useful research tool in marine ecology.
2010: PhD University of Oslo, Norway. Thesis: ‘Ecology of European lobster in marine reserves context: implications for conservation biology’.
2003: Master of Applied Science (tropical marine ecology and fisheries biology), James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. Thesis: ‘An experimental test of a mimic-model relationship between two coral reef fishes’.
2001: Cand Mag (BSc equivalent) marine biology, University of Bergen, Norway.
2000: Aquaculture Candidate (3-year programme) Sogn & Fjordane University College, Norway. Thesis: ‘Pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera), biology and cultivation in the Seychelles’.
Moland, E., Ulmestrand, M.A., Olsen, E.M., Stenseth, N.C. 2013. Long term decrease in sex-specific natural mortality of European lobster within a marine protected area. Marine Ecology Progress Series 491: 153-164 (open access)
Huserbråten, M.B.O., Moland, E., Knutsen, H., Olsen, E.M., André, C., Stenseth, N.C. 2013. Conservation, spillover and gene flow within a network of northern European marine protected areas. PLOS ONE 8(9):e73388 (open access)
Wiig, JR., Moland, E., Haugen, T.O., Olsen, E.M. 2013. Spatially structured interactions between lobsters and lobster fishers in a coastal habitat: fine-scale behaviour and survival estimated from acoustic telemetry. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70:1-9 (open access)
Moland, E., Olsen, E.M., Knutsen, H., Garrigou, P., Espeland, S.H., Kleiven, A.R., André, C. Knutsen, J.A. 2013. Lobster and cod benefit from small scale northern marine protected areas: inference from an empirical before-after control-impact study. Royal Society Proceedings B Biological Sciences 280: 20122679 (open access)
Heupel, M.R., Simpfendorfer, C.A, Olsen, E.M., Moland, E. 2012. Consistent movement traits indicative of innate behavior in neonate sharks. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 432–433:131–137
Olsen, E.M., Heupel, M.R., Simpfendorfer, C.A., Moland, E. 2012. Harvest selection on Atlantic cod behavioral traits: implications for spatial management. Ecology & Evolution 2: 1549-1562
Simpfendorfer, C.A., Olsen, E.M., Heupel, M.R., Moland, E. 2012. Three dimensional kernel utilisation distributions improve estimates of space use in aquatic animals. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69:565-572
Fenberg, P.B., Caselle, J., Claudet, J., Clemence, M., Gaines, S., García-Charton, J.A., Gonçalves, E.J., Grorud-Colvert, K., Guidetti, P., Jenkins, S., Jones, P.J.S., Lester, S., McAllen, R., Moland, E., Planes, S., Sørensen, T.K. 2012. The science of European marine reserves: status, efficacy, and future needs. Marine Policy 36: 1012-1021
Moland, E., Olsen, E.M., Andvord, K., Knutsen, J.A., Stenseth, N.C. 2011. Home range of European lobster (Homarus gammarus) in a marine reserve: implications for future reserve design. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68: 1197-1210
Moland, E., Olsen, E.M., Knutsen, H., Knutsen, J.A., Enersen, S.E., André, C., Stenseth, N.C. 2011. Activity patterns of wild European lobster (Homarus gammarus) in coastal marine reserves: implications for future reserve design. Marine Ecology Progress Series 429: 197-207
Olsen, E.M., Moland, E. 2011. Adaptive landscape of Atlantic cod shaped by harvest selection and natural selection: inference from telemetry data. Evolutionary Ecology 25: 695-710
Moland, E., Olsen, E.M., Stenseth, N.C. 2010. Maternal influences on offspring size variation and viability in wild European lobster (Homarus gammarus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 400: 165-173
Pettersen, A.R.P., Moland, E., Olsen, E.M., Knutsen, J.A. 2009. Lobster reserves in coastal Skagerrak – An integrated analysis of the implementation process. In: Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Dahl, E., Moksness, E. and J. Støttrup (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, London. pp. 178-188
Moland, E., Eagle, J.V., Jones, G.P. 2005. Ecology and evolution of mimicry in coral reef fishes. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review 43: 457-484
Moland, E., Jones, G.P. 2004. Experimental confirmation of aggressive mimicry by a coral reef fish. Oecologia 140: 676-683