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These web pages present an overview of the research activity being conducted at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research by Howard Browman, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, Caroline Durif, Kim Halvorsen, Reidun Bjelland, David Fields, and our students, Post-Doctoral Associates, Research Associates, and Collaborators. We also provide general information on the early life stages of marine fish and shellfish, and links to other web pages that might be useful to those interested in such matters (under the RESOURCES menu item).

DisclaimerThis is not an official site of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR). The IMR’s official site is here.

These pages were last updated 27 April 2017

Latest News

High-level delegation tours the lab!

21 April 2017: Howard Browman, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, David Fields and Alessandro Cresci showed the lab, and explained our projects, to Per Sandberg (Norwegian Minister of Fisheries) and Shuping Zhi (Chinese Minister of Veterinary Issues).

Howard Browman and Alessandro Cresci show DISCs and glass eels to Per Sandberg (Norwegian Minister of Fisheries), Shuping Zhi (Chinese Minister of Veterinary Issues) and entourage

Howard Browman shows silhoette movie of zooplankton to Shuping Zhi (Chinese Minister of Veterinary Issues) and entourage


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Ph.D. student Alessandro Cresci at Austevoll to conduct his field work!

April-June 2017 – Alessandro Cresci is here to work with us on swimming and orientation in glass eels. He will be working in our Magnetic Laboratory facility to assess how glass eels use the earth’s magnetic field as an orientation cue in their migrations. He will also test glass eel (and saithe larvae) swimming and orientation in the field using Drifting in situ Chambers (DISCs), developed by Professor Claire Paris and her colleagues at the University of Miami’s Physical-Biological Interactions Laboratory. Alessandro is a Ph.D. student from the University of Miami, being supervised by Professor Claire Paris and co-supervised by Caroline Durif, Howard Browman and Anne Berit Skiftesvik. His intense field and lab work is supported by Reidun Bjelland, Steve Shema and Cameron Thompson.

Alessandro inside the coils in the MagLab

Alessandro with a DISC

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The team's recent (= 2017) publications


Bailey, A., P. Thor, H.I. Browman, D.M. Fields, J.A. Runge, A. Vermont, R. Bjelland, C. Thompson, S. Shema, C.M.F. Durif & H. Hop. 2017. The early life stages of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis are unaffected by increased seawater pCO2. ICES Journal of Marine Science.
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Bailey, A., P. de Wit, P. Thor, H.I. Browman, R.M. Bjelland, S. Shema, D.M. Fields, J.A. Runge, C. Thompson & H. Hop. 2017. Regulation of gene expression underpins tolerance of the Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis to increased pCO2. Ecology and Evolution (in press).

Browman, H.I. 2017. Quo vadimus-redux. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74: 1-2.
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Browman, H.I. 2017. Towards a broader perspective on ocean acidification research. ICES Journal of Marine Science (in press).

Cresci, A, C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, R. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. Glass eel (Anguilla anguilla) have a magnetic compass linked to the tidal cycle. Science Advances (under review).

Halvorsen, K.T., T.K. Sørdalen, L.A. Vøllestad, A.B. Skiftesvik, S.H. Espeland & E.M. Olsen. 2017. Sex- and size-selective harvesting of corkwing wrasse (Symphodus melops) cleaner fish in salmonid aquaculture. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74: 660-669.
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Hidalgo, M., C.B. Paris, J. Watson, D.M. Kaplan & H.I. Browman. 2017. Beyond ocean connectivity. ICES Journal of Marine Science (in press).

Key, B. R. Arlinghaus, H.I. Browman, S.J. Cooke, I.G. Cowx, B.K. Diggles, J.D. Rose, W. Sawynok, A. Schwab, A.B. Skiftesvik, E.D. Stevens & C.A. Watson. 2017. Problems with equating thermal preference with “emotional fever” and sentience. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20160681.
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Lerner, A., R. Shmulevitz, H.I. Browman & N. Shashar. 2017. Visual sensitivity and spatial resolution of the planktivorous fish, Atherinomorus forskalii (Atherinidae; Rüppell, 1838), to a polarized grating. Vision Research 131: 37-43.
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Link, J.S. & H.I. Browman. 2017. Operationalizing ecosystem-based management. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74: 379-381.
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Pechenik, J.A., C. Diederich, H.I. Browman & A. Jelmert. 2017. Fecundity of the invasive marine gastropod Crepidula fornicata at the northern extreme of its range. Invertebrate Biology. (in press).


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Visiting researcher from China

28 March 2017 – Bin Kang, from the Fishery College of Jimei University in Xiamen, China, will be visiting with us for three weeks this spring in order to plan a longer collaborative visit sometime in the near future.

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Fake News - the real-life dangers of over-interpreting your results in an alternative facts world

22 March 2017 – Howard Browman delivered a lecture, “Fake News – the real-life dangers of over-interpreting your results in an alternative facts world”, at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway. Watch the lecture HERE.

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Howard Browman wins award

22 March 2017 – Howard Browman was awarded the Institute of Marine Research’s best weekly seminar award (2016) for his lecture, “Where has all the recruitment research gone?”.  The lecture was based on this article, Rice, J. & H.I. Browman. 2014. Where has all of the recruitment research gone, long time passing? ICES Journal of Marine Science 71: 2293-2299. Click HERE to read the article.

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28 February – 2 March 2017 – A workshop on designing a data call for the European eel (WKEELDATA), Chaired by Caroline Durif, met in Rennes, France. The eel working group (WGEEL) relies on a variety of biological, catch and other impacts data from countries across this endangered species’ distribution range. This new data call, hosted by ICES, EIFAAC and GFCM, provides an opportunity to improve the advice for this single stock by including more countries. Workshop participants also made considerable progress towards the creation of a database that will refine and standardize data reporting and analyses. The group enjoyed a visit to the AFB-Inra field station (French Agency for Biodiversity) on the Oir River. Read more about the ICES WKEELDATA Group HERE.

WKEELDATA Group – 13 participants from 8 countries. Top row (left to right) = Alan Walker, Derek Evans, Estibaliz Diaz, Ciara O’Leary, Caroline Durif. Bottom row (left to right) = Laurent Beaulaton, Reinhold Hanel, Cedric Briand, Marko Freese, Tomasz Nermer, Håkan Wickström, Priit Bernotas, Russell Poole. (Photo courtesy of Alan Walker)


Glass ell marked with visible implant elastomer tags (Photo courtesy of Alan Walker)

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Visiting researcher from Chile

February-May 2017 – Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, a Ph.D. student with Dr. Cristian Gallardo-Escárate at the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Aquatic Genomics, Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research, University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile, is visiting us for 3 months to collaborate on physiological and behavioural responses of salmon lice to host-specific chemical attractants.

Gustavo becoming an expert in silhouette imaging and analysis!

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Lumpfish working group meeting

7-9 February 2017 – The working group on lumpfish (WGlump) was hosted by Caroline Durif, in Bekkjarvik, Austevoll, Norway. Participants were Rasmus Hedeholm (Greenland Institute of Natural Ressources, Greenland), James Kennedy (Marine Research Institute, Iceland), Halldor Olafsson (BioPol, Iceland), and Johanne Gauthier (DFO, Canada). The group discussed recent updates on lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) research and compared the different methods of assessments of lumpfish wild populations across its distribution area which extends from Canada to the Baltic and the North Sea. Lumpfish has traditionally been exploited for its roe, but in recent years juveniles have also been used as delousing agents in Norwegian salmon aquaculture.

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Globalization of fisheries conference

3-5 February 2017 – Howard Browman participated in the conference, Globalization of fisheries: The prevalence, actors, ecological impact and regulation of illegal fishing at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), in Texel. View the conference program, HERE.

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