Bjørn Munro Jenssen
Background and activities
My research focuses on how environmental pollutants affects animals. The focus is particularly on the effects of environmental pollutans on endocrine systems (hormone systems and vitamin balance). How do endocrine disrupting pollutants affect the animals ability to survive, reproduce, and to adapt to natural or antropogenic changes in the environment (such as climate change)? My research group has research activity both in the field in Norway and in the Arctic (Svalbard), and in the lab. We have effects in a range of species that are naturally exposed to environmental pollutants: zooplankton, cod, frogs, birds such as ptarmigan, house sparrow, european shag, eider duck, kittiwake, Brünnich's guillemot, glaucous gull and ivory gull, and mammals such as harbour seal, grey seal, hooded seal, ringed seal, bearded seal, walrus, white whale and polar bear. Through a comparative approach to environmental toxicology we obtain knowledge on sensitive species and functional effects of endocrine disrupters on wildlife and ecosystems.
- BIENC3950 - Master Thesis in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology I
- BI8091 - Advanced Biology
- TBI4110 - Ecotoxicology
- RFEL3070 - Scientific Seminars in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
- BI2073 - Practices in Environmental Toxicology
- BI1003 - Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution
- BIENV3900 - Master Thesis in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
- BI3071 - Advanced Ecotoxicology
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2022) Oil-mediated oxidative-stress responses in a keystone zooplanktonic species, Calanus finmarchicus. Science of the Total Environment. vol. 806.
- (2021) The fate of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in a marine food web influenced by land-based sources in the Norwegian Arctic. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. vol. 23.
- (2021) Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are positively associated with thyroid hormones in an Arctic seabird. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. vol. 40 (3).
- (2021) The Baltic Sea: An ecosystem with multiple stressors. Environment International. vol. 147.
- (2021) A risk assessment of the effects of mercury on Baltic Sea, Greater North Sea and North Atlantic wildlife, fish and bivalves. Environment International. vol. 146.
- (2021) Effects of mine tailing exposure on early life stages of cod (Gadus morhua) and haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus). Environmental Research. vol. 200.
- (2021) Effects of an environmentally relevant PFAS mixture on dopamine and steroid hormone levels in exposed mice. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. vol. 428.
- (2021) Histopathological effects of short-term aqueous exposure to environmentally relevant concentration of lead (Pb) in shorthorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus scorpius) under laboratory conditions. Environmental science and pollution research international.
- (2021) Sources, distribution and effects of rare earth elements in the marine environment: Current knowledge and research gaps. Environmental Pollution (1987). vol. 291.
- (2021) Emerging contaminants and biological effects in Arctic wildlife. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. vol. 36 (5).
- (2021) Rapid Determination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Harbour Porpoise Liver Tissue by HybridSPE®–UPLC®–MS/MS. Toxics. vol. 9 (8).
- (2021) Rapid determination of thyroid hormones in blood plasma from Glaucous gulls and Baikal seals by HybridSPE®-LC-MS/MS. Journal of chromatography. B. vol. 1162.
- (2020) Combined effects of exposure to engineered silver nanoparticles and the water-soluble fraction of crude oil in the marine copepod Calanus finmarchicus. Aquatic Toxicology. vol. 227.
- (2020) Alteration of neuro-dopamine and steroid hormone homeostasis in wild Bank voles in relation to tissue concentrations of PFAS at a Nordic skiing area. Science of the Total Environment. vol. 756:143745.
- (2020) Comparative toxicity assessment of in situ burn residues to initial and dispersed heavy fuel oil using zebrafish embryos as test organisms. Environmental science and pollution research international.
- (2020) Paper product production identified as the main source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a Norwegian lake: Source and historic emission tracking. Environmental Pollution (1987). vol. 273.
- (2020) Fluorinated Precursor Compounds in Sediments as a Source of Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids (PFAA) to Biota. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 54 (20).
- (2020) Evidence of avian influenza virus inseabirds breeding on a Norwegian high-Arctic archipelago. BMC Veterinary Research. vol. 16 (48).
- (2020) Homology modeling to screen for potential binding of contaminants to thyroid hormone receptor and transthyretin in glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) and herring gull (Larus argentatus). Computational Toxicology. vol. 13:100120.
- (2020) Phthalate metabolites in harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from Norwegian coastal waters. Environment International. vol. 137.