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.
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
- (2018) On the integration of ecological and physiological variables in polar bear toxicology research: A systematic review. Environmental Reviews. vol. 26 (1).
- (2018) Effects of biometrics, location and persistent organic pollutants on blood clinical-chemical parameters in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Svalbard, Norway. Environmental Research. vol. 165.
- (2018) Anthropogenic impact on marine ecosystem health: A comparative multi-proxy investigation of recent sediments in coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin. vol. 133.
- (2018) Dispersibility and dispersion stability of carbon nanotubes in synthetic aquatic growth media and natural freshwater. Chemosphere. vol. 201.
- (2018) Effects of a complex contaminant mixture on thyroid hormones in breeding hooded seal mothers and their pups. Environmental Pollution. vol. 240.
- (2018) In Vitro and in Silico Competitive Binding of Brominated Polyphenyl Ether Contaminants with Human and Gull Thyroid Hormone Transport Proteins. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 52 (3).
- (2018) Prevalence of antibodies against Brucella spp. in West Greenland polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and East Greenland muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus). Polar Biology.
- (2018) Seroprevalence for Brucella spp. in Baltic ringed seals (Phoca hispida) and East Greenland harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus) and hooded (Cystophora cristata) seals. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. vol. 198.
- (2018) Choose your poison – Space-use strategy influences pollutant exposure in Barents Sea polar bears. Environmental Science and Technology. News & research. vol. 52 (5).
- (2017) Potentiation of ecological factors on the disruption of thyroid hormones by organo-halogenated contaminants in female polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from the Barents Sea. Environmental Research. vol. 158.
- (2017) Relationships between POPs, biometrics and circulating steroids in male polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Svalbard. Environmental Pollution. vol. 230.
- (2017) Persistent organic pollutants, skull size and bone density of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from East Greenland 1892-2015 and Svalbard 1964-2004. Environmental Research. vol. 162.
- (2017) Toxic and essential elements in seafood from Mausund, Norway. Environmental science and pollution research international. vol. 25 (8).
- (2017) Exposure of juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) to silver nanoparticles and 17α-ethinylestradiol mixtures: Implications for contaminant uptake and plasma steroid hormone levels. Environmental Pollution. vol. 220.
- (2017) Blood and feather concentrations of toxic elements in a Baltic and an Arctic seabird population. Marine Pollution Bulletin. vol. 114 (2).
- (2017) Evaluation of methods to determine adsorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to dispersed carbon nanotubes. Environmental science and pollution research international. vol. 24 (29).
- (2017) Maternal transfer of perfluoralkyl substances in hooded seals. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. vol. 36 (3).
- (2017) Acute hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) exposure does not cause oxidative stress in late-copepodite stage of Calanus finmarchicus. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. vol. 80 (16-18).
- (2017) Steroids hormones and persistent organic pollutants in plasma from North-eastern Atlantic pilot whales. Environmental Research. vol. 159.
- (2017) Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) liver and thyroid gland histopathology as a result of in ovo exposure to the flame retardants tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate and Dechlorane Plus. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. vol. 80 (9).