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Mona Maria Fuhrmann


Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London,
Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

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Mar 2010 – Nov 2016 PhD fellowship in Arctic marine biology at the University of Tromsø (UiT), Norway. Thesis title: “The role of the invasive red king crab in the food web of a high-latitude fjord”. I studied the trophic niche of the crab in the benthic food web of the fjord ecosystem and how predation by the crab impacts benthic communities and their productivity. I have learned benthic sampling methods (grab, sledges, trawls, photograph transects), laboratory techniques (taxonomic identification, stable isotope sample preparation and gut content analysis), statistical analysis and Ecopath modelling. Degree: PhD
Jan 2010 – Feb 2010 Internship at UNEP/GRID Arendal, Norway.
Aug 2009 – Dec 2009 PhD Course “Benthic fauna of Svalbard” at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway.
Oct 2003 – Aug 2009 Diploma program in marine biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel (CAU), Germany. Additional subjects: zoology and landscape development. Thesis title: “The significance of chromatophores in the sympagic amphipod Apherusa glacialis”. Graduated in 2009. Degree: German diploma (equivalent to MSc, grade “A” according to the ECTS grade system).
June 2008 – Dec 2008 Experimental studies for my thesis at UNIS. Successful participation in the graduate course “Marine zooplankton & sympagic fauna of Svalbard waters”.
Nov 2002 – July 2003 Work and travel in Australia.


Mai 2017 – present Postdoctoral researcher at the Zoological Society of London, UK. Project title: “Sustainable fishing in the Arctic - Can the harvest of Greenland’s biggest export be compatible with the conservation of benthic ecosystems?” This is an EU financed project under the BEST scheme looking at the impact of trawling on benthic habitats of MSC fishery for shrimps and halibut in West Greenland. Main goals are the mapping of benthic habitats and vulnerable species using underwater photographic and video along environmental and fishing gradients.
Jan 2017 – April 2017 3-month transitional research grant at the Institute of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø (UiT), Norway.
Jul 2015 – Feb 2016 Leading research technician at the Institute of Marine Research in Tromsø, Norway. Main tasks included gut content analysis of fish and crabs, stable isotopes of benthic organisms, microplastic identification.
Sept 2007 – Dec 2007 Student research assistant at the IfM-Geomar Kiel, Germany. Work included 3 weeks on board a research vessel, sampling and identification of fish larvae.
Feb 2009 – June 2009 Student research assistant at the IfM-Geomar Kiel. Main tasks included identification of zooplankton in the Baltic Sea.


Fuhrmann MM, Pedersen T, Nilssen EM (2017) Trophic niche of the invasive red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) in a benthic food web. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. DOI: 10.3354/meps12023.
Fuhrmann MM, Pedersen T, Ramasco V, Nilssen EM (2015) Macrobenthic biomass and production in a heterogenic subarctic fjord after invasion by the red king crab. J Sea Res 106:1-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2015.09.003.
Fuhrmann MM, Nygård H, Krapp R, Berge J, Werner I (2011) The adaptive significance of chromatophores in the Arctic under-ice Apherusa glacialis. Polar Biol 34:823-832. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-010-0938-1.
Pedersen T, Fuhrmann MM, Lindstrøm U, Nilssen EM, Ivarjord T, Ramasco V, Jørgensen LL, Sundet JH, Sivertsen K, Källgren E, Hjelseth A-M, Michaelsen C, Systad G, Norrbin F, Svenning MA, Bjørge A, Steen H, Nilssen KT (2016). “Influence of the invasive red king crab on ecosystem structure and trophic control in an Atlantic fjord.” Mar Ecol Prog Ser DOI: 10.3354/meps12548, in press.