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Curriculum Vitae
Stephen James Coulson
Professor; terrestrial Arctic invertebrate ecology
Department of Arctic Biology
University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
Pb 156
9171 Longyearbyen
Svalbard
Norway
Tel: (+47) 79 02 33 34
Fax: (+47) 79 02 33 01
Email: [email protected]
Personal Details:
Date of Birth:
Gender:
Home Address:
19-2-65,
Marital status:
Married.
Male,
Nationality:
British.
218 - 07, N-9170, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway,
Current Employment:
2005 -
Professor: Arctic terrestrial ecology. UNIS (University Centre in Svalbard) (Head of
Department of Arctic Biology, 2006 – 2008) (Centre of Excellence in
Education in Biology)
http://ww.unis.no
http://www.unis.no/35_STAFF/staff_webpages/biology/steve_coulson/default.htm
http://www.svalbardinsects.net
http://www.avifauna.no
Professor competency (National Committee 2012)
Publications:
78 papers published or in press in international reviewed journals; three book chapters.
Main research Interests
Ecology of terrestrial polar invertebrates including:
 Biogeography, dispersal, colonisation and ecosystem development
 Overwintering strategies (physiological and behavioural)
 Invertebrate population dynamics
 Plant / insect interactions
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Students
Ph.D. Students supervised
Completed
2011
 María Luisa Ávila-Jiménez (Malu) “High Arctic Invertebrate Biogeography: patterns and
colonisation processes since the last glacial maximum”.
2012
 Anja Morven Carlsson. “Survival through the Arctic winter: How gastrointestinal nematodes
influence fitness in reindeer”.
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Masters students 10 masters students completed.
Teaching
Pedagogic course (Pedagogisk basiskompetanse, Fakultet for Humaniora, Samfunnsvitenskap og
Lærerutdanning, Universitetet i Tromsø, Dec. 2010)
Courses; either as leader or which I have taught on:UNIS
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AB:203 Arctic Environmental Management
AB:201 Arctic Terrestrial Biology
AB:329 Arctic Winter Ecology
AGF:213 Polar Meteorology and Climate
Secondary courses:o Arctic Guide Course
o International Polar Year Summer School, 2009, 2010
UNIS contact
 AB:327 Arctic Microbiology,
 AB:325 Biotelemetric Methods
 AB:329 Arctic Winter Ecology
Liverpool John Moores University
 Diverse ecology and physiology courses
Recent awards
 The effect of snow depth and snow melt timing on arctic terrestrial ecosystems. Norwegian
Research Council project 230970. E.J.Cooper (University of Tromsø and Porject leader)
Lennart Nilsen and Nigel Yoccoz (University of Tromsø), Stephen J. Coulson and Pernille
Bronken Eidesen University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Bo Elberling Center for Permafrost
(CENPERM), Niels Martin Schmidt Zackenberg Research Station, Åshild Ønvik Pedersen
Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Ingunn Tombre Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
(NINA).|
 Arctic Snow Depth and Pollination. Gillespie M. (University of Nordland), Cooper E.J. (UiTr)
and Coulson S.J.(UNIS) (Arctic Field Grant NOK 77,000).
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 The influence of flea infestation on the reproductive success of barnacle geese (Branta
leucopsis) in Kongsfjord, Svalbard. Wetherbee R. (UMB), Birkemoe T. (UMB), Loonen M.J.J.E.
(University of Groningen), Coulson S.J. (UNIS) (Arctic Field Grant NOK 36,000).
 DELTA: Forvaltning av vadefugl og Adventdalsdeltaet: undersøkingar av funksjon, verdi og
sårbarhet. Ø. Varpe (Akvaplan-niva), S.J. Coulson & O.J. Lønne (UNIS), B.J. Bårdsen (NINA)
and Longyearbyen Feltbiologiske foreining (LoFF) (Svalbard Environmental Fund NOK
400 000).
 Modelling and empirical testing of climate change on invertebrate distributions. Masters
project supervisor. Student Martin Torp Dahl (Arctic Field Grant NOK 57,000)
 Reduced body size – a universal ecological response to global warming? Martin-A. Svenning,
Dag Hessen, Audun Stien, Stig Falk-Petersen, Jørgen Berge, Steve Coulsen, Nigel Yoccoz, Jane
Godiksen FRAMSenter Incentive Funds NOK 158,000
 SPIDER update. Svalbard Environmental Fund NOK 40 000
 Invasive species pathways II Svalbard Environmental Fund NOK 500 000 (Alsos. IG, Arneberg
P., Ware C, Coulson SJ)
 Predicting effects of climate change on Svalbard reindeer population dynamics: a
mechanistic approach. Bremset B., van der Wal, Irvine, J., Stein A., Veiberg V. Pedersen A.,
Engen-Skaugen T., Høgda K.A., Karlsen S.R., Kohler J., Sæther B.E., Solberg E., Strand O.,
Ropstad E. (Norklima) 10,788,000NOK
 Assessing the threat of alien species in Svalbard. Alsos I.G., Arneberg P., Børge J., and Ware
C. (Svalbard Miljøfond) 650,000 NOK
 The invertebrate fauna of Svalbard bird nests: the ecology off and as facilitating colonisation
of an isolated Arctic archipelago. Masters project supervisor. Student Hanne Eik Pilskog.
(Arctic Field Grant) 23,000 NOK
 The ecology of a High Arctic freshwater crustacean:- Lepidurus arcticus (Branchiopoda;
Notostraca). Masters project supervisor. Student Hanna-Kaisa Lakka Arctic Stipend. 37,000
NOK
 Kamerovervåkning av "blomsten og bien". Pernilla Bronken Eidesen. Svalbard Environmental
Protection Fund 70,000 NOK
 Avian Vectors of Invertebrate faunas. Norwegian Research Council. Nor-Russ. 3.4 mill NOK
 Terrestrial Invertebrate Fauna of Svalbard Workshop. Norwegian Research Council. NorRuss. 574,000 NOK
 Invertebrate Fauna of Edgeøya: Mapping Terra Incognita. With María Luisa Ávila-Jiménez.
Svalbard Environmental Fund. 90,000 NOK
 Snow depth and aphid distribution in Kongsfjord: Monitoring Climate the effects of change
on Acyrthosiphon svalbardicum (Insecta: Hemiptera). ARCFAC V.
 The Polar Bear and the tourist. Mutually incompatible or not? Masters project supervisor.
Student Margrete Nilsdatter Skaktavl Keyser. Arctic Stipend. 37,000 NOK
 The Invertebrate Fauna of Edgeøya: Mapping Terra Incognita. With María Luisa ÁvilaJiménez. Arctic Stipend. 80,000 NOK
 NERC-CASE studentship NE/F01354x/1. Survival through the Arctic winter: How
gastrointestinal nematodes influence fitness in reindeer. Awarded to Kenneth Wilson, Steve
Albon, Justin Irvine and Stephen J. Coulson. £81,000 (ca. NOK 900,000)
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Scientific output
Publications in international reviewed journals
78 papers published or in press in reviewed international journals and two submitted. Co-author on
three book chapters.
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