Background and activities
I have a broad background in molecular ecology, marine ecology and the intersection of these two disciplines. My main research interests encompass understanding the distribution, abundance and population ecology of marine species and the ecology of the communities they inhabit. I work in a wide variety of ecosystems from polar benthic ecosystems to tropical coral reefs. My emphasis is predominantly on the current state and future fate of coastal communities and species, focusing on how human impacts, evolutionary history and interactions/structuring within and between species influence this. I try to combine state-of-the-art experimental design, laboratory and statistical approaches.
I am also interested in developing and applying new molecular techniques for otherwise intractable ecological and evolutionary questions, regardless of the biome. In my role at NTNU I support several environmental DNA, metabarcoding and biotechnology projects and am actively developing a related research program.
I am always seeking students interested in molecular ecology and/or coastal marine ecology and conservation, so I encourage students to contact me if they are interested in these areas.
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
- (2021) Fear effects and group size interact to shape herbivory on coral reefs. Functional Ecology. vol. 35.
- (2021) Variation in d13C and d15N values of mothers and their calves across southern right whale nursery grounds: the effects of nutritional stress?. Marine mammal science.
- (2020) Observer performance and the effect of ambiguous taxon identification for fixed strip-width dugong aerial surveys. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. vol. 526.
- (2019) Ancient RNA from Late Pleistocene permafrost and historical canids shows tissue-specific transcriptome survival. PLoS Biology. vol. 17 (7).
- (2018) Species-specific coral calcification responses to the extreme environment of the southern Persian Gulf. Frontiers in Marine Science. vol. 5.
- (2017) Macroalgal browsing on a heavily degraded, urbanized equatorial reef system. Scientific Reports. vol. 7.
- (2016) Prickly business: abundance of sea urchins on breakwaters and coral reefs in Dubai. Marine Pollution Bulletin. vol. 105 (2).
- (2016) Dispersal and dilution of wastewater from an ocean outfall at Davis Station, Antarctica, and resulting environmental contamination. Chemosphere. vol. 152.
- (2016) The environmental impact of sewage and wastewater outfalls in Antarctica: An example from Davis station, East Antarctica. Water Research. vol. 105.
- (2015) Coral settlement on a highly disturbed equatorial reef system. PLOS ONE. vol. 10 (5).
- (2013) Accounting for female reproductive cycles in a superpopulation capture–recapture framework. Ecological Applications. vol. 23 (7).
- (2013) Stranded dolphin stomach contents represent the free-ranging population's diet. Biology Letters. vol. 9 (3).
- (2011) Telomeres as age markers in vertebrate molecular ecology. Molecular Ecology Resources. vol. 11 (2).
- (2010) Harp seal ageing techniques-teeth, aspartic acid racemization, and telomere sequence analysis. Journal of Mammalogy. vol. 91 (6).
- (2010) Conflicting estimates of connectivity among deep‐sea coral populations. Marine Ecology. vol. 31.
- (2008) Pseudogenes and DNA-based diet analyses: a cautionary tale from a relatively well sampled predator-prey system. Bulletin of entomological research. vol. 98 (3).
- (2007) Isolation and characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the vulnerable spectacled flying fox, Pteropus conspicillatus. Conservation Genetics. vol. 8 (4).
- (2006) Molecular Discrimination of Perna (Mollusca: Bivalvia) Species Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction and Species-Specific Mitochondrial Primers. Marine Biotechnology. vol. 8.
- (2005) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the Australasian sea snake, Aipysurus laevis. Molecular Ecology Notes. vol. 5 (4).