Master students

If you are interested in one of the topics the group is studying, you are welcome to contact us. Here are the Master students currently working with or is associated with the group, graduated students further down:

Name Project title/Topic Supervisor

Joan Espígol Sotelo

Global population genomic structure and demographics of humpback whales

 Kim Præbel

Nora Brække

TBD/Topic: eDNA, aquaculture, diseases 

Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Roy A. Dalmo

Juni Bjørneset

Effects of environmental pollutants in killer whales cells in vitro

Roy Dalmo, Heli Routti (NP) and Pierre Blévin (Akvaplan-NIVA)

Iselin Charlotte Weel Walther

Population structure and life history of the velvet belly Etmopterus spinax

Arve Lynghammar, co-supervisor Claudia Junge (IMR)

Ingvill Tuhus Lunde


Blue mussels as natural samplers of eDNA


Kim Præbel, co-supervisors Marta Turon and Owen Wangensteen

Jacob Christensen

Phylogeny of Somniosidae


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Arve Lynghammar

Ingvild Ytterhus Utengen


Working title: Characterizing searching behavior seen in Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) during feeding on overwintering herring at the Norwegian coast.


Audun Rikardsen, co-supervisors Emma Vogel, Meghan Van Ruiten (both UiT) and Martin Biuw (IMR)


Stine Skalmerud


Working title: Diving and movement behavior of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) during foraging in the Barents Sea


Audun Rikardsen, co-supervisors Emma Vogel, Meghan Van Ruiten (both UiT) and Martin Biuw (IMR)








Graduated Master Students

Name Year Project title/Topic Supervisor(s)
 Stian Karlsen Kleiven  2022  Unexpected feeding behaviour inferred by DNA metabarcoding of Barents Sea skates  Arve Lynghammar, co-supervisors Owen Wangensteen, Claudia Junge (IMR)

Almudena Álvarez Fernández

2021 Presence and relative abundance of humpback whales, killer whales and potential prey items, in northern Norway as inferred from the analysis of environmental DNA from seawater samples Kim Præbel, co-supervisors Owen Wangensteen and Julie Bitz-Thorsen

Meghan Van Ruiten

2021 A new look at whale behavior: identifying multiple spatial movement patterns of Norwegian killer whales Audun Rikardsen, co-supervisors Emma Vogel and Martin Biuw (IMR)

MSc. Elmedina Husanovic


Assessing the effects of salmon aquaculture on fungal diversity in seawater and sediments through eDNA metabarcoding


Marta Turon/Kim Præbel, co-supervisors Teppo Räma 

MSc. Emilie Østby Granviken


Genomic characterization and insights of local adaptation in Norwegian juvenile lumpfish populations

Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Mathilde Horaud

MSc. Griffin Hill


Transciptomic basis for differentiation of  fjord and offshore Boreogadus saida (Polar cod) populations


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Filipe Figueiredo


MSc. Rebeca López Climent


Distribution, reproductive ecology, and colouration of the Arctic skate Amblyraja hyperborea (Collett, 1879) in the North Atlantic Ocean

Arve Lynghammar

MSc. Ingrid M. Bruvold


Morphological variation in the redfish (Sebastes spp.) complex in Norwegian waters

 Arve Lynghammar, co-supervisors Torild Johansen (IMR) & Hannes Höffle (IMR)

MSc. Gengying Shao



Mitogenomic phylography and speciation in polychaetes

Melissa Brandner, co-supervisors Kim Præbel & Shripathi Bhat

MSc. Nathan E. Mertz




 eDNA metabarcoding of amoebic gill disease (AGD) pathogens exposes potential vectors and reservoirs


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Owen Wangensteen


MSc. Gledis Guri




 Can aquaculture impact the surrounding biodiversity? A metabarcoding assessment


Owen Wangensteen, co-supervisor Kim Præbel


MSc. Simeon J. Mikalsen




Addressing the aquatic vertebrate community of Vågsfjorden 2019 with the use of environmental DNA


Arve Lynghammar, co-supervisors Kim Præbel & Owen Wangensteen


MSc. Paulina Urban




Marine invertebrates as samplers of eDNA


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Owen Wangensteen


MSc. Simon Nordblad Schmidt




Habitat and migration patterns of Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) in a river-fjord system in Northern Norway as revealed by a genome wide array of SNP markers


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Shripathi Bhat


MSc. Sara Atienza 




DNA metabarcoding of deep-sea sediment communities using COI: community assessment, spatio-temporal patterns and comparison with the 18S rDNA marker


Owen Wangensteen, co-supervisor Kim Præbel


MSc. Kana Banno




Investigating population genomic structure of salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) in northern Norway using a random forest classification approach


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Shripathi Bhat


MSc. Aleksander Pettersen




Transcriptomics in Atlantic salmon


Co-supervised by Shripathi Bhat


MSc. Adam J. Andrews




Climate-induced range expansions of marine fauna into the Arctic – what is the most likely colonisation route?


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Shripathi Bhat


MSc. Magnus Nygaard




Environmental DNA for assessing abundance of salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) in salmon (Salmo salar) farms


Kim Præbel, co-supervisor Owen Wangensteen


MSc. Inaki Javier Tomey Roca




Development of an environmental DNA assay for detection of Neoparamoeba perurans, aetiological agent of amoebic gill desease (AGD) in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)


Kim Præbel


MSc. Julie Bitz-Thorsen




Population genomics of Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca)


Visiting from U Copenhagen, DK, Co-supervised by Kim Præbel


MSc. Mads Kristian Reinholdt Jensen




Population genomics and morphological analysis reveals two sympatric populations of lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) in the western Baltic Sea, Denmark 


Visiting from U Copenhagen, DK, Co-supervised by Kim Præbel


MSc. Alice Marri




POPs in two populations of polar cod (Boreogadus saida, Lepechin 1774) from NE Greenland: correlating contamination and biological parameters


Visiting from U Siena, I, Co-supervised by Kim Præbel


MSc. Aintzane Santaquiteria Gil




Mitogenomic characterization and phylogenetic position of the oldest living vertebrate species - the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus L.)


Kim Præbel


MSc. Mari Hagenlund



Detection of possible source(s) and introduction history of the non-native European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus) in Lake Storsjøen


Visiting from U INN, N, Co-supervised by Kim Præbel


MSc. Marjorie Couton




Adaptive radiation of the European whitefish, Coregonus lavaretus (L.), in the Pasvik watercourse: the genetic description of a new morph


Kim Præbel, co-supervisors PA Amundsen & R Knudsen