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Exploring individual recognition in wrasse and its role mating behavior

June 2023 – Do wrasse use individual recognition in mate choice and social interactions? This question is currently being explored in a field experiment involving Ben Ellis, Tonje Sørdalen, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, Torkel Larsen, Noan le Goff (B.Sc. student from Université Bretagne Sud), Kim T. Halvorsen and our team. Using our pit-telemetry system on a corkwing wrasse nest colony in …

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Lumpfish survey

May 2023 – Caroline Durif joined the Norwegian Fisheries Directorate to collect data from lumpfish landings. These data will be used to estimate the conversion factor used to calculate a number of fish landed from the volume of roe collected by fishers. The team sampled lumpfish caught on the beautiful island of Senja in Troms og Finmark, Norway.

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Effect of operational noise from offshore wind turbines on fish larvae

May 2023 – Alessandro Cresci and the team conducted an experiment – using drifting in situ chambers – to assess the distance at which cod larvae respond to the noise generated by operating offshore wind turbines as part of our ongoing project “Assessing the effects of offshore wind turbine facilities on fish early life stages“. See stories about this project …

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CRISPRESIST AND NOLICE COLLABORATORS AT AUSTEVOLL

3-22 April 2023 – The team had a lot of visitors during this period to work on two projects; CRISPRESIST and NOLICE. The overall aim of these projects is to identify naturally produced compounds that are associated with Atlantic salmon susceptibility and resistance to parasitic sea lice and to develop tools that can be applied to boost Atlantic salmon resistance …

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Co-designing science for the ocean we want

14 March 2023: A new article theme set was published today in ICES Journal of Marine Science – Co-designing science for the ocean we want. Howard Browman was a co-editor of the collection, and a co-author of the introductory article. Co-design is a central principle of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Cartoon by Bas Köhler.

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Navigating the increasingly complex and treacherous scientific publishing landscape

8 March 2023 – Howard Browman presented a lecture – remotely via ZOOM – on “Navigating the increasingly complex and treacherous scientific publishing landscape” to the British Antarctic Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council, UK. Abstract of the talkMy first article was published in 1986. The landscape of scientific publishing was much simpler then, and slower. It was not …

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Experiments on sandeel larvae are underway!

23 February 2023 – The team – Caroline Durif, Reidun Bjelland, Alessandro Cresci, Anne Berit Skiftesvik and Howard Browman – conducted an experiment to determine the light level threshold for swimming and feeding behaviour in sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) larvae and their sensitivity to sub-lethal exposure of crude oil. Additional experiments will be conducted to study the behaviour of sandeel when …

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Howard Browman delivers a seminar to the University of Texas’s Marine Science Institute

9 December 2022 – Howard Browman presented a seminar, “Fake news: the real life dangers of over-interpreting your results in an alternative facts world”, to the University of Texas at Austin’s Marine Science Institute. The seminar was delivered remotely on ZOOM. Howard discussed recent retractions of articles in marine science related to ocean acidification and microplastic (due to professional misconduct/malfeasance) …

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Alessandro gives guest seminar at University of Oldenburg in Germany

28 November 2022 – Alessandro Cresci was invited to the University of Oldenburg, Germany, to give a talk as guest scientist. Alessandro was invited by Professor Gabriele Gerlach and met with scientists and students from the “Magnetoreception and Navigation in Vertebrates” and the “Biodiversity and Evolution of Animals” research groups. His talk was entitled “Unraveling larval dispersal in marine fish, …

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Howard Browman appears on prestigious list of the world’s most influential researchers (2022 update)

21 November 2022 – Researchers at Stanford University have published a ranking of the most influential researchers in the world within their disciplines (newly updated for 2022 – see Table 1 authors-career, HERE). The analysis identifies the top two percent of world-leading researchers – Howard Browman is amongst those listed in the field of fisheries. Read a brief story about …

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Sandeel are in the house!

1 November 2022 – Caroline Durif , along with IMR colleagues Prescilla Perrichon and Elin Sørhus, went out to collect sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) broodstock off Karmøy. They were caught using a bottom trawl that dredged sand at around 50 m. In Norway, sandeel spawn in early January. They spend most of their time buried in the sand but come out …

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Howard Browman is appointed to the Trustee Board of the Committee on Publication Ethics

28 September 2022 – Howard Browman was recently appointed to the Trustee Board (= board of directors) of the Committee on Publication Ethics. He will also continue on the COPE Council. Howard looks forward to continuing to contribute to COPE’s important work: COPE “is committed to educating and supporting editors, publishers and those involved in publication ethics with the aim …