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Tromsø Department

The IMR department in Tromsø was established in 2003. Marbank became part of IMR in 2012, and is located in Tromsø. In addition, the Tromsø department has a field station in Holmfjord in Finnmark where research on coastal and fjord ecology is conducted.

The department is linked to other research institutions in Tromsø, among others: the Faculty of Biosciences and the Faculty of Fisheries and Economics of UiT Norway's Arctic university, the Norwegian Polar Institute and NOFIMA.

In total, the Tromsø department employs 65 persons, including the research director (Alf Håkon Hoel), manager (Ivan Ahlquist), communication advisor, scientists, consultants, engineers, technicians and administrators. Scientists and technicians operate in eight different research groups:

  • Benthic resources and processes (Led from Tromsø: Carsten Hvingel)
  • Bottom Community and coastal interactions
  • Deep-water species and cartilaginous fish (Led from Tromsø: Ole Thomas  Albert)
  • Population Genetics
  • Marine Mammals (Led from Tromsø: Tore Haug)
  • Disease and pathogen transmission
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Oceanography and Climate

In addition, three programs are directed from Tromsø:

IMR is a part of the Fram Centre (http://www.framsenteret.no) and their six research flagships:

  • Ocean acidification and ecosystems effects in northern waters (Led by IMR: Melissa Chierici)
  • Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecology in the north (Led by IMR: Lis Lindal Jørgensen)

In addition, the institute is involved in the flagships:

  • Environmental impacts of industrial development in the north (MIKON)
  • Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, technology and agreements