Blue mussels in Greenland: Abundance and adaptation in a changing Arctic

PhD defence, Tuesday 21 March 2017. Jakob Thyrring.

2017.03.21 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Jakob Thyrring

Fieldwork in the West Greenland intertidal zone. Photo: Martin Blicher

During his PhD studies, Jakob Thyrring researched the driving forces of species distribution in Arctic Greenland. The Arctic is changing at an unprecedented pace, but knowledge on how these changes affects the biota remains limited. Through a series of field experiments and laboratory studies on blue mussels, Jakob investigated the drivers shaping the distribution of blue mussels in the Arctic.  

The new research findings contribute to the understanding of how species survive and distribute in the Arctic. Furthermore, it expands knowledge on how species distribution may change in the future in response to on-going climate changes.

The PhD degree was completed at the Arctic Research Centre, Department of Bioscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 10.15
Place: Building 1110, Room 223, C. F. Møllers Allé 8, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of dissertation: Identifying drivers controlling the distribution of a keystone species in a changing Arctic
Contact information: Jakob Thyrring, e-mail:, tel.: +45 87156689

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Michael Burrows, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine, Institute, Argyll, UK
Professor Brian Helmuth, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University, MA, USA
Professor Angela Fago, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (chair)
Main supervisor:
Researcher Mikael Kristian Sejr, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Researcher Søren Rysgaard, Department of Bioscienc, Aarhus University
Senior Researcher Martin Blicher, Greenland Climate Research Centre, Nuuk
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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