Team leaders

Publications ‘The living Barents Sea’

Randi Ingvaldsen
RF3 leader
Institute of Marine Research

Bodil Bluhm
RF3 co-leader
UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Andvik C, Haug T, Lyche JL, Borgå K (2023) Emerging and legacy contaminants in common minke whale from the Barents Sea. Environmental Pollution 121001.

Freitas C, Gundersen K, Lindblom L, Biuw MHaug T (2023) Nutrient concentrations in minke whale faeces and the potential impact on dissolved nutrient pools off Svalbard, Norway. Progress in Oceanography 210: 102927.

Ingvaldsen RBEriksen EGjøsæter H, Engås A, Schuppe BK, Assmann KMCannaby HDalpadado PBluhm BA (2023) Under-ice observations by trawls and multi-frequency acoustics in the Central Arctic Ocean reveals abundance and composition of pelagic fauna. Scientific Reports 13: 1000.

Koch CW, Brown TA, Amiraux R, Ruiz-Gonzalez C, MacCorquodale M, Yunda-Guarin GA, Kohlbach D, Loseto LL, Rosenburg B, Hussey NE, Ferguson S, Yurkowski DJ (2023). Year-round utilization of sea ice-associated carbon in Arctic ecosystems. Nature Communications 14: 1964.

Kohlbach D, Goraguer L, Bodur YV, Müller O, Amargant-Arumí M, Blix K, Bratbak G, Chierici M, AM Dąbrowska, U Dietrich, B Edvardsen, LM García, R Gradinger, H Hop, E Jones, Ø Lundesgaard, LM Olsen, M Reigstad, K Saubrekka, A Tatarek, JM Wiktor, A Wold, P Assmy (2023) Earlier sea-ice melt extends the oligotrophic summer period in the Barents Sea with low algal biomass and associated low vertical flux. Progress in Oceanography 213: 103018.

Langbehn TJ, Aarflot JM, Freer JJ, Varpe Ø (2023) Visual predation risk and spatial distributions of large Arctic copepods along gradients of sea ice and bottom depth. Limnology and Oceanography.

Nowicki RCBorgå KGabrielsen GWVarpe Ø (2023) Energy content of krill and amphipods in the Barents Sea from summer to winter: variation across species and size. Polar Biology.

Rebault J, Müller M, Voermans J, Brazhnikov D, Marchenko A, Biuw M, Nose T, Waseda T, Johansson M, Breivik Ø, Sutherland G, Hole LR, Johnson M, Jensen A,  Gundersen O, Kristoffersen Y, Babanin A, Tedesco P, Christensen KH, Kristiansen M, Hope G, Kodaira T, de Aguiar V, Taelman C, Quigely CP, Filchuk K, Mahoney AR (2023) A dataset of direct observations of sea ice drift and waves in ice. Scientific Data 10, 251.
Ziegler AF, Bluhm BA, Renaud PE, Jørgensen LL (2023) Isotope turnover in polar cod (Boreogadus saida) muscle determined through a controlled feeding experiment. Journal of Fish Biology  1–13.


Carlyle CG, Roth JD, Yurkowski DJ, Kohlbach D, Young BG, Brown TA, Riget FF, Dietz R, Ferguson SH (2022) Spatial variation in carbon source use and trophic position of ringed seals across a latitudinal gradient of sea ice. Ecological Indicators 145: 109746.

Cautain IJ, Last KS, McKee D, Bluhm BA, Renaud PE, Zielger AF, Narayanaswamy BE (2022) Uptake of sympagic organic carbon by the Barents Sea benthos linked to sea ice seasonality. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Descôteaux R, Huserbråten M, Jørgensen LLRenaud PEIngvaldsen RB, Ershova EA, Bluhm BA (2022) Origin of marine invertebrate larvae on an Arctic inflow shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series 699: 1-17.

Desforges JP, Kohlbach D, Carlyle CG, Michel C, Loseto LL, Rosenberg B, Yurkowski DJ, Ferguson SH (2022) Multi-dietary tracer approach reveals little overlap in foraging ecology between seasonally sympatric ringed and harp seals in the high Arctic. Frontiers in Marine Science 9: 969327.

Duarte PAssmy P, Campbell K, Sundfjord A (2022) The importance of turbulent ocean-sea ice nutrient exchanges for simulation of ice algal biomass and production with CICE6.1 and Icepack 1.2. Geoscientific Model Development 15(2): 841-857.

Dunse T, Dong K, Aas KS, Stige LC (2022) Regional-scale phytoplankton dynamics and their association with glacier meltwater runoff in Svalbard. Biogeosciences 19(2): 271-294.

Dybwad C, Lalande C, Bodur YV, Henley SF, Cottier F, Ershova EA, Hobbs L, Last KS, Dabrowska AM, Reigstad M (2022) The influence of sea ice cover and Atlantic water advection on annual particle export north of Svalbard. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 127: e2022JC0018897. 

Finne EA, Varpe ØDurant JGabrielsen GW, Poste A (2022) Nutrient fluxes from an Arctic seabird colony to the adjacent coastal marine ecosystem. Polar Biology.

Jørgensen LL, Pecuchet L, Ingvaldsen RBPrimicerio R (2022) Benthic transition zones in the Atlantic gateway to a changing Arctic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography 204: 102792.

Kohlbach D, Smik L, Belt ST, Hop H, Wold A, Graeve M, Assmy P (2022) A multi-trophic marker approach reveals high feeding plasticity in Barents Sea under-ice fauna. Progress in Oceanography 20: 102895.

MacKenzie KM, Lydersen C, Haug T, Routti H, Aars J, Andvik CM, Borgå K, Fisk AT, Meier S, Biuw M, Lowther AD, Lindstrøm U, Kovacs KM (2022) Niches of marine mammals in the European Arctic. Ecological Indicators 136: 108661.

Marangoni LF, Davies T, Smyth T, Rodríguez A, Hamann M, Duarte C, Pendoley K, Berge J, Maggi E, Levy O (2022) Impacts of artificial light at night in marine ecosystems – a review. Global Change Biology  28(18): 5346-5367.

Patrohay E, Gradinger R, Marquardt M, Bluhm BA (2022) First trait-based characterization of Arctic ice meiofauna taxa. Polar Biology

Schaafsma FL, David CL, Kohlbach D, Ehrlich J, Castellani G, Lange BA, Vortkamp M, Meijboom A, Fortuna-Wunsch A, Immerz A, Cantzler H, Klasmeier A, Zakharova N, Schmidt K, Van de Putte AP, van Franeker JA, Flores H (2022) Allometric relationships of ecologically important Antarctic and Arctic zooplankton and fish species. Polar Biology 45: 203-224.

Skjoldal HR, Eriksen EGjøsæter HSkagseth Ø, Prozorkevich DA, Lien VS (2022) Recruitment variability of fish stocks in the Barents Sea: spatial and temporal variation in 0-group fish length of six commercial species during recent decades of warming (1980–2017). Progress in Oceanography 206: 102845.

Thingstad TF, Øvreås L, Vadstein O (2022) Mechanisms generating dichotomies in the life strategies of heterotrophic marine prokaryotes. Diversity 14: 217.

Åström EKL, Bluhm BA, Rasmussen TL (2022) Chemosynthetic and photosynthetic trophic support from cold seeps in Arctic benthic communities. Frontiers in Marine Science 9.


Aune M, Raskhozheva E, Andrade H, Augustine S, Bambulyak A, Camus L, Carroll J, Dolgov AV, Hop H, Moiseev D, Renaud PE, Varpe Ø (2021) Distribution and ecology of polar cod (Boreogadus saida) in the eastern Barents Sea: A review of historical literature. Marine Environmental Research 166: 105262.

Bundy A, Renaud PE, Coll M, Koenigstein S, Niiranen S, Pennino MG, Tam JC, Travers-Trolet M (2021) Editorial: Managing for the future: challenges and approaches for disentangling the relative roles of environmental change and fishing in marine ecosystems. Frontiers in Marine Science 8.

Descôteaux R, Ershova E, Wangensteen OS, Præbel K, Renaud PE, Cottier F, Bluhm BA (2021) Meroplankton diversity, seasonality and life-history traits across the Barents Sea Polar Front revealed by high-throughput DNA barcoding. Frontiers in Marine Science 8.

Duarte P, Meyer A, Moreau S (2021) Nutrients in water masses in the Atlantic Sector of the Arctic Ocean: temporal trends, mixing and links with primary production. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 126: e2021JC017413.

Geoffroy M, Langbehn T, Priou P, Varpe Ø, Johnsen G, Le Bris A, Fisher JAD, Daase M, McKee D, Cohen J, Berge J (2021) Pelagic organisms avoid white, blue, and red artificial light from scientific instruments. Scientific Reports 11: 14941.

Haug T, Biuw M, Gjøsæter H, Knutsen T, Lindstrøm U, MacKenzie KM, Meier S, Nilssen KT (2021) Harp seal body condition and trophic interactions with prey in Norwegian high Arctic waters in early autumn. Progress in Oceanography 191: 102498.

Ingvaldsen RB, Assmann KM, Primicerio R, Fossheim M, Polyakov IV, Dolgov AV (2021) Physical manifestations and ecological implications of Arctic Atlantification. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment.

Kohlbach D, Hop H, Wold A, Schmidt K, Smik L, Belt ST, Keck Al-Habahbeh A, Woll M, Graeve M, Dąbrowska AM, Tatarek A, Atkinson A, Assmy P (2021) Multiple trophic markers trace dietary carbon sources in Barents Sea zooplankton during late summer. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:610248.

Kohlbach D, Schmidt K, Hop H, Wold A, Al-Habahbeh AK, Belt ST, Woll M, Graeve M, Smik L, Atkinson A, Assmy P (2021) Winter carnivory and diapause counteract the reliance on ice algae by Barents Sea zooplankton. Frontiers in Marine Science 8.

Müller O, Seuthe L, Pree B, Bratbak G, Larsen A, Paulsen ML (2021) How microbial food web interactions shape the Arctic Ocean bacterial community revealed by size fractionation experiments. Microorganisms 9: 2378.

Solvang HK, Haug T, Knutsen T, Gjøsæter H, Bogstad B, Hartvedt S, Øien N, Lindstrøm U (2021) Distribution of rorquals and Atlantic cod in relation to their prey in the Norwegian high Arctic. Polar


Berge J, Johnsen G, Cohen JH (2020) Polar Night Marine Ecology – Life and Light in the Dead of Night. Spinger Advances in Polar Ecology. pp 367.

Eriksen E, Bagøien E, Strand E, Primicerio R, Prokhorova T, Trofimov A, Prokopchuk I (2020) The record-warm Barents Sea and 0-Group fish response to abnormal conditions. Frontiers in Marine
Science 7: 338.

Polyakov IV, Alkire MB, Bluhm BA, Brown KA, Carmack EC, Chierici M, Danielson SL, Ellingsen I, Ershova EA, Gårdfeldt K, Ingvaldsen RB, Pnyushkov AV, Slagstad D, Wassmann P (2020)
Borealization of the Arctic Ocean in response to anomalous advection from sub-Arctic Seas.
Frontiers in Marine Science 7: 491.

Solan M, Archambault P, Renaud PE, März C (2020) The changing Arctic Ocean: consequences for
biological communities, biogeochemical processes and ecosystem functioning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 378:

Thingstad TF (2020) How trophic cascades and photic zone nutrient content interact to generate basin-scale differences in the microbial food web. ICES Journal of Marine Science 77: 1639-1647.