Marianne Nilsen
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HB, H-1047

Field of work

As a marine ecologist, I am concerned about how we can preserve and manage biological diversity in the fjord and the sea. My favorite organisms are the animals we find on the seabed or in the sediments. These often have exciting environmental histories to tell!

Some of my research topics are:

  • Ecosystem structure and function, focusing on fjords
  • Marine habitat mapping
  • Impact and biological effects of various types of pollution and climate change on marine species, populations, and ecosystems

I teach aquatic ecology in the international semester program From Mountain to Fjords, the master program Climate Change Management, and in the bachelor programs Landscape Planning with Landscape Architecture and Renewable Energy. I also teach natural sciences in the 1-7 and 5-10 teachers' education and I am happy to supervise students with an interest in marine issues on all educational levels. At present, I am also the program coordinator of our Master in Climate Change Management.

Following my PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Tromsø, I have also worked as a senior researcher at the research institute NORCE (former IRIS) and senior advisor in the Division of Research, Internationalisation, and Innovation here at HVL. 

Courses taught
  • GE478 Fjord Processes
  • BI445 Økologi
  • BI4-301 Climate change ecology
  • MGUNA101 Naturfag 1, emne 1 - Den levende naturen
  • MGBNA 101 Naturfag 1, emne 1 - Den levende naturen
  • MGUNA 401 Naturfag 2, emne 2 - Den levende naturen
  • MGBNA 401 Naturfag 2, emne 2 - Den levende naturen
Research areas
  • Marine benthic ecology
  • Marine habitat mapping
  • Fjord ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Biological effects
Research groups