Dr. Mona Maria Fuhrmann
Mona’s interests range from invasive species to food webs in marine ecosystems. Environmental impact of invasive species and natural resource exploitation such as bottom trawling are her current research topics. She joined ZSL recently to work on the impact of fishing on deep sea bottom fauna in west Greenland.
Arctic, food webs, benthos, crustaceans, stable isotopes, biodiversity, invasive species
The entrance of Greenland’s fisheries to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification scheme has highlighted the paucity of knowledge on the impacts of bottom-trawling on deep-sea benthic ecosystems in the Arctic. This collaborative project will develop understanding of benthic communities and the impacts of trawling in the Greenland halibut fishery, using photographic, video, bycatch and environmental data. Further the project will allow a critical evaluation of the role of the MSC certification scheme in fishery governance, with wider applications to the management of deep-sea fisheries and those engaged in the MSC certification scheme.
PhD project at the University of Tromsø: The role of the invasive red king crab in the food web of a high-latitude fjord - Studying macrobenthic communities and trophic control in Porsangerfjord, northern Norway
The alien red king crab has become an important part in the ecosystem of the Barents Sea and is an income source for local fishermen. However, being an invasive species it poses a threat to the native benthic community, feeding on other invertebrate species. The project looked at what role the crab plays in the food web of the subarctic Porsangerfjord and how it influences other components of the food web, in particular benthic production, which is the food resource for many other species in the ecosystem.
MSc project at the University Centre of Svalbard: The adaptive significance of chromatophores in the under-ice amphipod Apherusa glacialis