Meet The Team
Dr. Knut W. Vollset
I am a research professor at NORCE LFI, and have been a leader of several large-scale Norwegian Research Council projects in recent years that have similarly involved tagging and tracking the fate of fish around western Norway. I am also a member of the Academy for young researchers, where I help to inspire and maintain an open platform for young researchers.
Dr. Robert Lennox
I am research scientist at NiNa and NORCE LFI with great interest in telemetry and data analyzing. I have nearly a decade of experience designing and implementing fish telemetry studies around the world and leads the LAKES project from the Norwegian Research Council. I have published over 90 peer reviewed papers on topics relevant to movement ecology, restoration, and fish biology. I am also highly involved in both Ocean Tracking Network and The European Tracking Network - two global platforms for tracking aquatic animals and data technology.
I finished my Masters in Fisheries Biology and Management at UiB in June 2021, and wrote my thesis on the effect of acoustic tags on the vertical behavior of Atlantic salmon smolts in collaboration with NORCE LFI. I have a strong interest in fish behavior, and practice my interest through the use of telemetry to study and track salmonids in freshwater around western Norway with NORCE LFI.
Cecilie I. Nilsen
I am an early career researcher working at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre in Bergen, Norway. I have recently completed my Masters degree at the University of Bergen in Ecology in partnership with NORCE, focusing on studying Atlantic salmon migration using acoustic telemetry. During spring 2022 I will start on my PhD degree, and continue working on the LaKES project. My interests are movement ecology, biotelemetry, integrating animal tracking data into management and policy models to resolve conservation challenges and develop actionable solutions to the biodiversity crisis.
I work on various aspects of freshwater ecology and salmonid conservation, including river restoration, predator-prey dynamics, population monitoring and the effects of human interference such as harvesting, aquaculture and habitat alteration. Methods used in my projects include radio telemetry, electric fishing, snorkeling counts, hydrodynamic modelling and habitat mapping.
Lotte S. Dahlmo
I am a PhD candidate working on the LOST project where I am studying how availability of oxygen in fjords affect the behaviour and movement of spiny dogfish outside of Bergen by using acoustic telemetry. My Master thesis was a collaboration between NORCE LFI and UiB where I studied the effect of hydropower on the behaviour of adult sea trout in lake Vassbygdevatnet in Aurland as a part of the LaKES project. I am especially interested in animal movement and behaviour, and how anthropogenic activities are impacting their behaviour.
Lene K. Sortland
I am an Ecology master student at the University of Bergen writing my thesis in collaboration with NORCE LFI. My thesis is focused on studying the effect of otter predation on two populations of adult Atlantic salmon in Sunnmøre using radio telemetry. My research interests include predator-prey dynamics, animal behaviour and movements and the effect of climate change on wildlife.
Hi, I`m Tammy, an European otter living in Western Norway. I am currently assisting the team in a project where my life is caught on camera set up by scientists. The goal is to gather information on me and my friend`s predation activities on the famous Atlantic salmon. Following our movements and activites can contribute to solving some of the conflicts we have experienced with the locals in our habitat. Glimps from the camea can be found in our gallery, or on my twitter account!
Dr. Dylan Shea
I am a postdoctoral researcher working at NORCE LFI and NORCE Molecular Ecology with an interest in understanding the dynamics of pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protists) of concern to salmon aquaculture sustainability and wild fish conservation. I am helping to lead the PATHDNA research project, a collaborative effort among aquaculture industry partners and researchers, applying innovative molecular methods to characterize seasonal and aquaculture production-dependent variability in infection risk in Western Norwegian fjord environments
I have various background from different fields, such as carpenter, fishing, firefighting, helicopterflying and more. I work in different groups within LFI NORCE, facilitating the multiple challenges we come across in fieldwork. I have always had a strong passion for fish in general, and find it wery interesting to be part of the acustic telemetry team in LFI. I love being out in field putting out gear, tagging, and learning more about life under water.
Dr. Tormod Haraldstad
I am a senior researcher at NORCE LFI and have been carrying out research concerning the ecology of anadromous and catadromous fish species, including resolving management conflicts regarding their migration past hydropower dams. I have great interest in fish behavior and experience with planning and carrying out fish ecology studies in the field, catching and tagging fish, and refining these techniques in a variety of scenarios. I`m currently positioned in our reginal office in Kristiansand leading an industry project on wind power development effect on smolts behavior using acoustic telemetry and long-term projects in Southern Norway regarding sea survival of Atlantic salmon and sea trout smolts using PIT-telemetry.
I am a researcher at NORCE LFI with background in costal ecology from the University of Agder. My interest in fish, and salmonids in particular, started as volunteer work in the local hunting and fishing association and later grew into a career.
The focus of my master thesis was on salmon smolt migration behaviour using acoustic telemetry in a hydropower regulated river in southern Norway. I have also been contributing to projects involving acoustic, radio, satellite and PIT telemetry
Erlend Mjelde Hanssen
I am a researcher at NORCE LFI with a Masters in marine biology from UiB. I did my thesis in partnership with NORCE LFI between 2018 and 2020, investigating salmon smolt behaviour and migration using acoustic telemetry. Since 2020, I have been working at LFI with river restoration, population monitoring, telemetry and all things frewshwater ecoogy. I am situated at our regional office in Oslo, but mostly work on a range of projects in the Sunnmøre region in Norway.
I am a marine biologist with a background in coastal community ecology and I started working as a researcher at NORCE LFI in February 2023. My main interests are to understand the dynamics within aquatic ecosystems, particularly processes that shape community structure and define species interactions, and to see how species adapt to ecosystem shifts in a drastically changing world under high anthropogenic pressure. LFI enables me to follow these paths by using acoustic telemetry studies and thereby to contribute towards a sustainable future that conserves many of the fascinating and unique aquatic ecosystems here in Norway.