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Jonatan Nilsson

Telefon: 928 82 857
Besøksadresse: C.Sunds gt. 64, 5817 Bergen

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Researcher in research group Animal welfare. 

My major research interest is fish behaviour and welfare, with main focus on learning and cognitive abilities of fish.  

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, September 2008: University of Bergen/Institute of Marine Research. Title of thesis: "Learning and anticipatory behaviour in cod and halibut"

Cand. Scient. (M.Sc.) in marine biology, June 2004. University of Bergen/Institute of Marine Research. Research project: “Acoustic behaviour of spawning cod (Gadus morhua L.)”.

Cand. mag. with main field of the study in biology – aquatic ecology, December 2001, University of Tromsø

Publications in scientific journals and books

Millot, S., Nilsson, J., Fosseidengen, J. E., Bégout, M.-L. Fernö, A , Braithwaite, V. A. & Kristiansen, T. S. 2014. Innovative behaviour in fish: Atlantic cod can learn to use an external tag to manipulate a self-feeder. Animal Cognition 17: 779–785

Grassie, C., Braithwaite, V. A., Nilsson, J., Nilsen, T. O., Teien, H.-C., Handeland, S. O., Stefansson, S. O., Tronci, V., Gorissen, M., Flik, G. & Ebbesson, L. O. E. 2013. Aluminum exposure impacts brain plasticity and behavior in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 3148-3155

Nilsson, J., Folkedal, O., Fosseidengen, J. E, Stien, L. H. & Oppedal, F. 2013. PIT tagged individual Atlantic salmon registered at static depth positions in a sea cage: Vertical size stratification and implications for fish sampling. Aquacultural Engineering 55: 32– 36

Stien, L. H., Bracke, M. B. M., Folkedal, O., Nilsson, J., Oppedal, F., Torgersen, T., Kittilsen, S., Midtlyng, P. J., Vindas, M. A., Øverli, Ø. & Kristiansen, T. S. 2013. Salmon Welfare Index Model (SWIM 1.0): a semantic model for overall welfare assessment of caged Atlantic salmon: review of the selected welfare indicators and model presentation. Reviews in Aquaculture 5:33-57

Nilsson, J., Stien, L. H., Fosseidengen, J. E., Olsen, R. E. & Kristiansen, T. S. 2012. From fright to anticipation: Reward conditioning versus habituation to a moving dip net in farmed Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 138: 118–124

Folkedal, O., Stien, L. H., Nilsson, J., Torgersen, T., Fosseidengen, J. E & Oppedal, F. 2012. Sea caged Atlantic salmon display size-dependent swimming depth. Aquatic Living Resources 25: 143–149

Millot, S., Nilsson, J., Fosseidengen, J. E., Bégout, M.-L. & Kristiansen, T. S. 2012. Evaluation of self-feeders as a tool to study diet preferences in groups of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Aquatic Living Resources 25: 251-258

Stien, L. H., Nilsson, J., Hevrøy, E. M., Oppedal, F., Kristiansen, T. S., Lien, A. M. & Folkedal, O. 2012. Skirt around a salmon sea cage to reduce infestation of salmon lice resulted in low oxygen levels. Aquacultural Engineering 51: 21– 25

Folkedal, O., Torgersen, T., Olsen, R. E., Fernö, A., Nilsson, J., Oppedal, F., Stien, L. H. & Kristiansen, T. S. 2012. Duration of effects of acute environmental changes on food anticipatory behaviour, feed intake, oxygen consumption, and cortisol release in Atlantic salmon parr. Physiology & Behavior 105: 283–291

Fernö, A., Huse, G., Jakobsen, P.J., Kristiansen, T.S., Nilsson, J., 2011. Fish Behaviour, Learning, Aquaculture and Fisheries. In: Brown, C., Laland, K., Krause, J. (Eds.) Fish cognition and behavior 2nd ed., Blackwell, Oxford.

Bratland, S., Stien, L. H., Braithwaite, V. A., Juell, J.-E., Folkedal, O., Nilsson, J., Oppedal, F., Fosseidengen, J. E. & Kristiansen, T. S. 2010. From fright to anticipation: using aversive light stimuli to investigate reward conditioning in large groups of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Aquaculture International 18: 991–1001

Folkedal, O., Torgersen, T., Nilsson, J. & Oppedal, F. 2010. Habituation rate and capacity of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) parr to sudden transitions from darkness to light. Aquaculture 307: 170–172

Nilsson, J. & Torgersen, T. 2010.  Exploration and learning of demand-feeding in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Aquaculture 306: 384-387

Nilsson, J., Kristiansen, T. S., Fosseidengen, J. E., Stien, L. H., Fernö, A. & van den Bos, R. 2010. Learning and anticipatory behaviour in a “sit-and-wait” predator: The Atlantic halibut. Behavioural Processes 83: 257–266

Nilsson, J., Kristiansen, T. S., Fosseidengen, J. E., Fernö, A. & van den Bos, R. 2008. Sign- and goal-tracking in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Animal Cognition 11: 651–659

Nilsson, J., Kristiansen, T. S., Fosseidengen, J. E., Fernö, A. & van den Bos, R. 2008. Learning in cod (Gadus morhua): long trace interval retention. Animal Cognition 11: 215–222