Dr. Jørgen Berge is vice Dean for Research at the Faculty for Bioscience, Fisheries and Economy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Professor Berge have worked with Arctic marine ecology since 2003, and was appointed Professor at UNIS in 2006. Since 2012 he has worked at UiT, but also holds adjunct positions connected to the Centre of Excellence AMOS (Automated Marine Operations and Systems) at NTNU and at UNIS. He has organised and led numerous field campaigns and student courses in Arctic regions for the past 20 years. Unprecedented for the Arctic, Berge has initiated and successfully conducted annual multidisciplinary Polar Night field campaigns since 2012. He is currently the principal investigator of several large Norwegian Research ^125 peer-reviewed papers, the majority on Arctic marine ecosystems. He has been an adviser for 12 MSc and 10 PhD students. Currently he advises 4 PhD students.
Dr. Geir Johnsen is a professor in marine biology at Centre for Autonomous Operations and Systems (AMOS) at Dept of biology Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU), Prof II at University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS), and is one of the founding partners in a NTNU spin-off company Ecotone using Underwater Hyperspectral Imagery for mapping and monitoring the marine environment. His research focuses on marine ecology and biodiversity, bio-optics, photosynthesis, pigment chemotaxonomy, underwater robotics and sensor development for in situ ^130 papers in international scientific journals and been a co-editor for the books "Ecosystem Barents Sea" (Tapir Academic Press) and Phytoplankton pigments: Updates on Characterization, Chemotaxonomy and Applications in Oceanography (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Johnsen has served as advisor for 47 MSc and 17 PhD students graduated. Currently he advises 1 MSc student, 8 PhD students and 2 post docs.
Dr. Jonathan H. Cohen is currently Associate Professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy at University of Delaware in Lewes, DE USA. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, a Ph.D. from Duke University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. He was also in 2017 a MASTS Visiting Fellow at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. His research focuses on the comparative physiology and behavior of marine animals, specifically light and visually mediated behaviors in marine crustaceans inhabiting temperate, deep-sea, and polar environments. He has authored 53 peer-reviewed publications and served as the major professor in research for 9 MS/PhD and 26 undergraduate students.