Welcome to fishlarvae.com!

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

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

Howard Browman and Jan Pechenik held 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!

Howard Browman participates in the ECOKNOWS Symposium

2-4 June, Porvoo, Finland. Howard Browman and 70 other researchers participated in the ICES-sponsored symposium, Ecological basis of risk analysis for marine ecosystems. A selection of articles from the symposium will be published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. During the symposium, Finnish environmental cartoonist Seppo Leinonen drew this amusing cartoon.Seppo cartoon of fish larvae_500

Proceedings of the 2012 Larval Fish Conference now available!

19 May 2014 – The Proceedings of the 2012 Larval Fish Conference – organized and hosted by Howard Browman, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, Caroline Durif, Reidun Bjelland, et al. – have been published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. The articles can be downloaded HERE!

Visiting scientist Claire Paris

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Claire Paris with her DISC

April 2014 – Claire Paris from the University of Miami visited us with her Drifting in situ Chamber (DISC). The purpose of the visit was to conduct pilot experiments to determine the in situ swimming and orientation ability of Atlantic haddock and halibut larvae. We also tested the glass eel life stage of the European eel (recently arrived at the Norwegian coast after their trans Atlantic migration).

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Claire Paris and Howard Browman on a DISC deployment mission

Large group at Austevoll to conduct ocean acidification experiment


Allison Bailey and Jeff Runge inspecting the experiment


Left-right: David Fields, Jeff Runge, Howard Browman, Steve Shema, Reidun Bjelland

March-May 2014 – Seven visitors have been at Austevoll during this period to conduct a lengthy experiment on the effects of ocean acidification on the Arctic copepod, Calanus glacialis. They were: David Fields and Alexander Vermont from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Jeffrey Runge and Cameron Thompson from the University of Maine’s Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Peter Thor and Allison Bailey from the Norwegian Polar Institute and Steve Shema.

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.

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.


These pages were last updated 20 September 2014