Trapping salmon lice?

30 September 2016 – Our long-term project to use the sensory ecology of host finding in the free-living life stages of the salmon louse to break their link to the host using a trap is reported on by KYST.NO – read the article HERE.

Sea Lice 2016 conference

17-22 September 2016 – Howard Browman, Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Reidun Bjelland participated in the Sea Lice 2016 conference in Westport, Ireland. We presented the following work at the conference: Browman H.I., D.M. Fields & A.B. Skiftesvik. The sensory ecology of host finding in the free-living life history stages of the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis. (Oral presentation) Bjelland, R.M., A.B. …

ices annual science conference 2016

19-23 September 2016 – Howard Browman participated in the ICES Annual Science Conference in Riga, Latvia. Howard was involved in several aspects of the conference, including the annual meeting of the Publications and Communications Group,  a Publishing Skills workshop for early career scientists,  the meeting of national fishery institute Communication Department Directors,  and the annual meeting of the ICES Journal …

Ditchley Foundation Conference – Can the Earth Still Sustain Us?

16-18 June 2016 – Howard Browman participated in The Ditchley Foundation Conference, Can the Earth Still Sustain Us? Biodiversity, resources and pollution. The conference was held at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, UK. Participants included Britain’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Affairs, representatives from UNESCO, The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Trusts, the industry/finance sector, environmental NGOs… …

Stord cleanerfish conference 2016

16 June 2016 – Caroline Durif gave a talk, co-authored by Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Reidun Bjelland, on the behavior of wrasse used as cleanerfish on salmon farms. The talk was presented at the cleanerfish conference (aqKva rensefisk) in Stord, Norway at which there were over 100 participants from the salmon industry.

Lumpfish working group meeting

6-10 June 2016 – Caroline Durif participated in the meeting of the lumpfish working group in Nuuk, Greenland. Participants from Norway, Iceland, Canada and Greenland presented methods for assessing the status of lumpfish stocks as well as ongoing research. A field trip was organized to collect lumpfish and demonstrate tagging methods. Although a little late in the season, four individuals …

ICES/PICES 6th Zooplankton production symposium

9-13 May 2016 – Howard Browman, Caroline Durif, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, and David Fields participated in the ICES/PICES 6th Zooplankton Production Symposium where they presented three posters and one oral presentation: Browman, H.I., J.A. Runge, D.M. Fields, C.R.S. Thompson, S.D. Shema, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F. Durif & A.B. Skiftesvik. End of the century CO2 concentrations do not have a negative effect …


22 April 2016 – Caroline Durif was invited to participate in the annual meeting of FITFISH, an EU COST action. The meeting took place in Belgrade, Serbia. She presented a talk on “Orientation and navigation of the European eel using the Earth’s magnetic field”. The main objective of FITFISH is to develop a research network in which fish swimming in the wild …

Cleanerfish conference 2016

8-9 February 2016, Oslo, Norway – Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Reidun Bjelland participated in the “Cleanerfish 2016” conference about the use of cleanerfish as delousing agents on salmon farms. The conference, organized by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund, was attended by 320 researchers, salmon farmers and industry representatives. Anne Berit presented  a talk entitled, “Artificial light and cleanerfish” that can …

Are contaminants in eels contributing to their decline?

25-27 January 2016 – Caroline Durif, Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Howard Browman participated in the ICES WKBECEEL workshop, held at the beautiful and historic Solstrand Hotel in Os, Norway.  The workshop was convened to answer the question,  “Are contaminants in eels contributing to their decline?”. The terms of reference of the working group can be viewed HERE.

Making the ecosystem approach operational

20-22 January 2016, Copenhagen – Howard Browman participated in the workshop, “Making the ecosystem approach operational“. The workshop addressed challenges and barriers to the implementation of the ecosystem approach to management. Selected contributions to the workshop will be published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science.  

Howard Browman wins award for best departmental lecture of 2015

7 January 2016 – Howard Browman was awarded the prize for best weekly departmental seminar of the year for his lecture, “Applying organized skepticism to ocean acidification research, or some organisms will do just fine in a high CO2 world”. The lecture can be viewed HERE.

Conference Presentations and Lectures

A selection of the presentations that members of the team have made at conferences and as departmental/institutional seminars can be viewed HERE.