The Marine Science Research Group

The marine science research group is focused upon sustainable management, production and utilisation of biological marine resources

The marinThe group activities comprise research fields such as aquaculture, ecology, physiology, bio-systematic, ecotoxicology, genetics of populations and dynamics in marine ecosystems. A significant part of the research is characterised by interdisciplinary research in the cross-over between marine biology, aquaculture and technological development. Marine research and higher education at the Department of Biology is included in the NTNU Strategic Focus Area "Marine and Maritime Research "

The group is responsible for the higher education programme in aquaculture and marine biology at the Department of Biology:

Bachelor degree

International Master Programme Marine Coastal Development


The aquaculture and marine ecotoxicology activities is located to NTNU Centre of Fisheries and Aquaculture , which was opened in 2007. This is a multidisciplinary centre for experimental marine research and education, where scientists and students from seven departments and four faculties are the main users. A close collaboration with SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture and SINTEF Environmental Technology contributes to a unique research- and educational environment. The Centre is located at "SeaLab " at Brattørkaia NTNU's research vessel, R/V Gunnerus has its mooring by the quay just outside Sealab.

Trondhjem Biological Station (TBS) , located at seaside premises close to the city, is the centre for marine biological research at NTNU. Relatively new buildings from 1986 and 1990 offer good office and laboratory facilities. In- and outdoor seawater tanks/basins and its own pier for regular access to services by the NTNU research vessel "Gunnerus " allow for a wide range of biological experiments and studies for the staff as well as for students. In recent years the Trondheim fjord, mid-Norway coast and Arctic areas have been model systems for much of the marine biological studies at TBS.



Marine Science

Aquaculture research

Marine biological research

Marine ecotoxicology

Employees, Marine Sciences Research Group

Ecology of plankton and marine bioresources (Yngvar Olsen )

Population genetics of marine organisms (Jarle A Mork )

Marine ecophysiology (Geir Johnsen )

Early life history of fish and aquaculture (Elin Kjørsvik )

Marine ecotoxicology (Anders Olsen )

Photo: Elin Kjørsvik