Tycho Anker-Nilssen

Position:    Senior Research Scientist

 Telephone: +47 934 66 771
 E-mail: Tycho.Anker-Nilssen@nina.no
 Department:Terrestrial ecology

Knowledge areas

Population ecology, Coastal ecology, Trophic interactions, Foraging ecology, Demography, Population monitoring, Seabirds, Databases, EIA, Oil vulnerability, Modelling

Key qualifications
  • Population biologists with expertise in seabird ecology, including
  • Time-series studies of demography, feeding ecology, trophic interactions and other climate-related responses of seabirds since 1981.
  • National mapping and monitoring of seabird distribution and population trends.
  • Studies of seabird movements (using satellite transmitters and loggers), morphometry and population origin.
  • Environmental impact assessments and vulnerability modelling, e.g. related to seabirds and offshore oil exploration.
  • Well experienced with respect to electronic data processing and statistical analyses.
  • Scientific supervisor for a number of MSc students and some experience as a university lecturer and examiner.
  • Long experience in administration and science managing at the project, programme and department levels, and administrative head of NINA's field station in Røst.

  • June 1992: Dr. scient. (PhD), Zool. Dep., Univ. Trondheim. Thesis: "Food supply as a determinant of reproduction and population development in Norwegian Puffins Fratercula arctica".
  • June 1985: Cand. real. (MSc), Zool. Inst., Univ. Oslo. Thesis: "Population structure and reproduction of a box-nesting population of Great Tits Parus major L. in Ringerike".


PRESENT POSITION (1985 to date):

  • Research scientist in DN (to 1988) and NINA (from 1988), Trondheim
  • 1981-date: Project leader for studies of seabird ecology in Røst (Lofoten Islands)
  • 1993-date: Co-leader of the National Seabird Monitoring Programme and the National Seabird Mapping Registry
  • 2005-date: Scientific co-ordinator of the SEAPOP programme (www.seapop.no).
  • 1999-2000: Research Director, NINA Division for Terrestrial Ecology.
  • 1988-91, 1996-99 and 2000-02: Assistant research director, NINA, Division for Terrestrial Ecology.
  • 1988-2004: Project leader of many seabird projects related to offshore oil exploration, including land- and sea-based seabird mapping, modelling of impacts and oil pollution control, and EIAs.
FORMER WORK (1974-85): Various assignments, Univ. Oslo (totalling 7 years of full employment):
  • Staff member, Oslo Bird Ringing Centre (Zool. Museum Oslo)
  • Scientific and administrative co-worker, Røst Seabird Project (1.5 years).
  • Quality control of systematics, university museum collection of foreign bird skins (1 year).
  • Morphometry of auks killed in three different oiling incidents.
  • Assistant teacher at a graduate field-course in freshwater ecology (4 terms).
  • Field-work assignments: avifaunal inventories (3 seasons), research on snow bunting migration (3 seasons) and alpine rodent cycles (1 season).

  • Communication (2006)
  • Marketing (1997, 1999-2000)
  • Laboratory Animal Science: FELASA category C researcher (1998)
  • Project administration (1994)
  • The Svalbard course (1987)


Norwegian and English excellent, German limited

Conference contributions

• 77 international conference contributions (64 talks, 13 posters)

Professional societies

• National coordinator of the SEAPOP programme (www.seapop.no/en/) (from 2005) • Member of Joint ICES/OSPAR/HELCOM Working Group on Seabirds (JWGBird, former WGSE) (from 2000) • Member of CAFF Circumpolar Seabird Group (CBird) (from 1995) • Member of the Norwegian-Russian Group of Seabird Experts (from 1989) • Member of Editorial Board, Seabird (from 2008)