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Doctoral Students

Sigurður Árnason

Email: sigha (at)

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson

Siggi is studying the fine scale ecological drivers of phenotypic diversity in populations of Small Benthic Arctic Charr from spring fed streams, ponds, caves, and hydroelectric reservoirs throught the volcanically active zone of Iceland.




Samantha Beck

Email:beck (at)

Advisor: Zophonías O. Jónsson (University of Iceland), Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson and Camille A. Leblanc

Sam is studying how egg size may act as a mechanism for influencing the rapid evolution of resource polymorphisms in wild populations of Icelandic Arctic charr. Her project uses a combination of genetic and morphological techniques to address whether the development of individuals vary according to their egg size and degree of sympatric divergence.



Christian Beuvard

Email: christian (at)

Advisor: Dr. Helgi Thorarensen

Christian is studying the effect of different parameters (oxygen, CO2 and temperature) on growth and metabolism in Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus. He is from France.




Fia Finn

Email: fia (at)

Advisor: Stefán Óli Steingrímsson

Fia is studying how diel activity of stream-dwelling Arctic charr is related to phenotypic traits (e.g. personality and metabolic rate) as well as ecological conditions using both a laboratory- and field- experimental approach.





Dan Govoni

Email: dan (at)

Advisors: Mark S. Wiplfi (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson, Jón S. Ólafsson (Veiðimálastofnun)

Dan was born in Iowa, and he now lives in Blönduós.




Agnes-Katharina Kreiling

Email: kreiling (at)

Advisors: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson, Jón S. Ólafsson (Veiðimálastofnun)

Kera is studying the macroinvertebrate community composition of the surface water – groundwater interface in freshwater springs in Iceland.


Godfrey K. Kubiriza

Email: kubirizag (at)

Advisor: Dr. Helgi Thorarensen



Mathias Lherbier

Email: lherbiermathias (at)

Advisors: Camille Leblanc, Moira Ferguson

Mathias is interested in past and present microevolutionary processes in cave Arctic charr populations located in Myvatn.






Hildur Magúsdóttir
Email: hima (at)

Advisors: Snæbjörn Pálsson (University of Iceland), Erla Björk Örnólfsdóttir, Zophonías O. Jónsson (University of Iceland) and Kristen Marie Westfall (Vör, University of Iceland)

Hildur is studying the shell morphology of the common whelk (Buccinum undatum), a marine gastropod with a wide distribution in the North Atlantic Ocean. Her project addresses the relative influence of genotypic variation and phenotypic plasticity on highly polymorphic shell traits of the whelk


Master's Students

Doriane Combot

Email: dori (at)

Advisors: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson & Camille A. Leblanc

Doriane is studying the factors shaping macroinvertebrate biodiversity and assemblage in the lava caves around Lake Mývatn. She is originally from France.


Eva Dögg Jóhannesdóttir

Email: edogg (at)

Advisor: Skúli Skúlason




Krystal Mannion

Email: krystal (at)

Advisor: Stefán Óli Steingrímsson

Krystal is currently working on the research project "Diel activity of Arctic charr: Phenotypic and ecological determinants.” Her thesis will focus on an experimental study examining the effect of intraspecific competition (i.e. food availability), and behavioral flexibility in regard to ecological changes, on individual diel activity patterns of Arctic char in a natural stream.


Louise Vernier

Email: louise (at)

Advisor: Camille A. Leblanc






Zahra Noorbakhsh Velashedi

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson & Skúli Skúlason


Former Students


Coralie Delarue - M.Sc.

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson & Katja Räsänen


Nicolas Larranaga - Ph.D.

Advisor: Stefán Óli Steingrímsson


Jóhanna Herdís Ólafsdóttir - M.Sc

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson


Jóhann Garðar Þorbjörnsson - M.Sc.

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson & Skúli Skúlason


Amy Fingerle - M.Sc.

Advisor: Stefán Óli Steingrímsson


Antoine Millet - Ph.D.

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson & Katja Räsänen


Pamela Woods - Ph.D.

Advisor: Skúli Skúlason & Tom Quinn (Washington State University)


Eva Küttner - Ph.D.

Advisor: Moira Ferguson (University of Guelph) & Skúli Skúlason


Camille Leblanc - Ph.D.

Advisor: Skúli Skúlason & David Noakes (Oregon State University)


Soizic Le Deuff - M.Sc.

Advisor: Helgi Thorarensen


Mat Seymour - M.Sc.

Advisor: Bjarni Kristófer Kristjánsson & Katja Räsänen


Tyler Tunney - M.Sc.

Advisor: Stefán Óli Steingrímsson


Guðmudur  Smári Gunnarsson - M.Sc.

Advisor: Stefán Óli Steingrímsson


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