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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, Reidun Bjelland, David Fields, and our students, Post-Doctoral Associates, Research Associates, and Collaborators. We also provide some 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.

Latest News

Glass eels arrive at the Norwegian coast after a long migration!

25 March 2014 – Anne Berit Skiftesvik, Caroline Durif, Steve Shema and Howard Browman were out in a local bay at Austevoll, Norway, collecting glass eels. The eels had recently arrived at the coast after their long journey from the Sargasso Sea and were collected just prior to their moving up river and inland to a lake. The eels are being sampled for size, condition and genetic relatedness analysis.Glass eels_750

Cleanerfish conference

On 3-4 March 2014, Reidun Bjelland and Caroline Durif participated in a conference on cleanerfish at which Reidun presented our team’s work with the wrasse species complex. The conference program can be viewed HERE.

2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting

From 20-28 February 2014, Howard Browman and David Fields – along with >5000 other delegates! – participated in the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Howard participated in the ASLO Board meeting, and David presented the following poster: Fields, D. M.; Browman, H. I.; Twining, B. S.: Copepod intestines: 10^21 microbioreactors of global ocean processes.

Howard Browman and Jan Pechenik will hold a scientific writing/publishing workshop at the Institute of Marine Research

Howard Browman and Jan Pechenik will hold a scientific writing/publishing workshop at the Institute of Marine Research 10-11 June 2014. Contact Howard Browman if you are interested in arranging for us to give a workshop at your institution!

Expert knowledge elicitation and quantitative risk assessment

28-29 January 2014, European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy – Howard Browman participated in a workshop on the use of expert knowledge elicitation in developing quantitative risk assessments. See HERE to read about this approach.

The eel: a lifetime member on the red list?

On 22 January 2014, Caroline Durif presented an open seminar at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen. She gave an overview of recent advances in eel science: the latest tagging experiments, expeditions to the Sargasso Sea, research into their orientation mechanisms and how this information can contribute to eel population recovery plans. For further information, contact Caroline.

Eel Genome Symposium, 16-17 January 2014

Caroline Durif attended the Eel Genome Symposium, held 16-17 January 2014 at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. There were close to 30 presentations and over 50 participants. Topics were generally related to eel reproduction in the wild and in aquaculture, but also on the effect of pollutants and diseases. The Symposium’s abstract book can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Howard Browman has been appointed to two advisory boards

January 2014 – Howard Browman has been appointed as a Member-at-Large to the Board of Directors of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) and as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.

Cleanerfish - from baitfish to workhorses

On 18 December 2013, Anne Berit Skiftesvik gave an open lecture at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway, documenting the history of the wrasses as a resource fish – from the early days when they were used as bait to today when they are one of the few remaining treatments for salmon lice infestations on salmon farms.

Caroline Durif et al.'s article on magnetic compass orientation in eel is in the top 5% of articles tracked by altmetric

Altmetric monitors social media sites, newspapers, government policy documents and other sources for mentions of scholarly articles. They bring all the attention together to compile article level metrics. According to their “attention” index, at 6 December 2013, Caroline Durif et al’s 2013 article on magnetic compass orientation in eel ranks in the top 5% of scholarly articles that they currently track. See HERE to view the altmetric article details for the article.


These pages were last updated 26 March 2014