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Curriculum vitae

Dag Olav Hessen


University of Oslo. 
Dept. of Biology
Center of Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES)
P.O.Box 1066 Blindern
N-0316 Oslo, Norway
Tlf: +47 22 85 45 53
Mobile: 95037899
e-mail: dag.hessen@bio.uio.no

Education and degrees

  • Cand. real., Zoology, University of Oslo, 1982. Thesis: "Experimental enclosure experiments in Lake Gjersjøen with special reference to the relations between zooplankton, phytoplankton, bacteria and planktivorous fish.".
  • Master degree, public law, Universitety of Oslo, 1984. Thesis: "Juridical protection of drinking water supplies".
  • Dr. philos., Biology, University of Oslo, 1988. Thesis: "Carbon metabolism in the pelagial of the humic lake."

Elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letter since 1998.

Academic positions

  • Research fellow (Stipendiat) at University of Oslo, Dept. of Biology: 1982 – 1988.
  • Scientist, freshwater biology, Norwegian Institute for Water Research: 1988 -1993.
  • Full professor at University of Oslo, Dept. of Biology: 1993 -

Major field of interest

  • Ecological stoichiometry 
  • Genome size evolution and RNA:DNA-ratio in organisms
  • Growth rate regulation and reciprocal regulation of ribosome and protein synthesis in organisms
  • Evolutionary aspects of polyploidi, focussing genetic diversity and speciation
  • Integrated flux and fate of carbon and nutrients in lakes and catchment
  • Effects of N-deposition on catchment biogeochemistry
  • Climate change and C-flux in marine and freshwater ecosystems
  • Plankton biodiversity patterns
  • Linking biology and philosophy
  • Sustainable development

Publications (see Scientific papers for details)

  • 180 scientific papers/book chapters mainly in refereed journals
  • 2 edited books: "Aquatic Humic Substances: Ecology and Biogeochemisty" [Springer-1998] and "UV-Radiation and Arctic Ecosystems" [Springer - 2001])
  • > 100 papers on popular science (mostly in Norwegian)
  • 10 popular science books
  • 22 "technical reports" (in Norwegian)
  • 105 commentary newspaper columns
  • ISI H-impact factor: 32
  • Total ISI Citations:  3800

Prizes/awards

  • Elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letter since 1998.
  • The Norwegian Resarch Councils “prize for outstanding mediation of science" 1998. 
  • Aschehougs Publishers prize for popular science writing (A. Holmeslands prize), with Th. Hylland Eriksen, 1999.
  • Elected to give The Kilham Memorial Lecture on 29. International Congress of Limnology, Lahti, 2003.
  • The University of Oslo prize for dissemination of Science, 2008.
  • Riksmålsprisen, 2008
  • The SABIMA Norwegian Biodiversity Prize, 2010
  • The Academian Prize ("Akademikerprisen"), 2010
  • The Freedom of expression tribute ("Fritt Ords honnørpris")

Major scientific posts and administration:

University:

  • Council, Faculty of Maths and Sciences, Univ Oslo 1985-87.
  • Resource council, Faculty of Maths and Sciences, Univ Oslo 1985-87.
  • Council, Biological institute, Univ. Oslo 1985-1988.
  • Chair, Div. of Limnology, Univ. Oslo, 1993 - 96.
  • Board, Biological institute, Univ. Oslo 1985-88 and 1993 - 96.
  • Vice-chair, Biological institute, Univ. Oslo, 1993 -95 .
  • Chair, Biological institute, Univ. Oslo, 1995-96 .
  • Board, Faculty of Maths and Sciences, Univ Oslo 1993 -96 .
  • Member of advisory groups for University of Oslo´s strategi plan for environmental reserearch, 1995.
  • Elected member of Faculty Comittée for resource allocation to Faculty Institutes1995-96.
  • Elected member of University board for strategy planning 1998- 1999.
  • Member and chair of comittees at Institute of Biology for evaluation of structure and teaching at the institute. 1999.
  • Elected member of University comittée for awards and prizes for science, popular science and teaching activities, 2000 -.
  • Member, advisory group for future strategy for Science and education, University of Oslo, 2000 and beyond.
  • Wice-chair, Biology Dept. 2003-2008
  • Board member of the university ethical committee, 2005 - 2010.
  • Board member, University of Oslo, 2009 -.
  • Member of the Ethical Advice Coucil for the Norwegian State Fund (Etikkrådet for Statens Pensjonsfond Utland, "Oljefondet"), 2011
Norwegian Council For Sciences and Letter (NFR - Norwegian Research Council):
  • Scientific secretary (1990) for the Council re. the strategic plan for Norwegian environmental research 1990-2000.
  • Member of advisory group for a strategy plan for area Environment and Development 1994-95.
  • Panel member and co-author on the Council conference and report on “sustainable Development, 1995.
  • Elected member of scientific comittee for evaluation of applications to "free funds" area Environment and Development 1998- 2001.
  • Elected member of scientific comittee for evaluation of applications to earmarked funds for female stipendiates, area Environment and Development 1998- 2001
  • Chairman of the Norwegian national Comittee for Polar Research, 1999 -2000.
  • Head of delegation and co-editor of the report on "Opportunities for Collaboration between the Unitied States and Norway in Arctic Reserach", American/Norwegian Workshop on Arctic Research opportunities, Svalbard 1999.
  • Board member, main board for NFR, 2000-2002.
  • Member of advisory group for strategic development and future tasks for the Reseach Council, 2000.
  • Elected member of the Councils comittée for the outstanding research award, 2000.
  • Chairman of NFR-programme "Communication Science", 2003 - 2006.
  • Chairman of NFR-committee for planning of future environmental Resarch (Programme Miljø 2015)

Other national

Member of various comittees and boards, among which:

  • Chair, Norwegian association of Limnologists
  • Board member, Norwegian association of Biologists
  • Head of Norwegian limnologist association, 1993-95
  • Board of Norwegian biologist Association 1994-96
  • Advisory Board for American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, 1995-96.
  • International Arctic Science Committee, Core Group member., 1995 - 1997.
  • Board of the Norwegian Tourist Asssciation (DNT), 1997-2000.
  • Scientific Board, WWF-Norway, 1998-.
  • Board member of the Seminarium for science theory, 1998-2004.
  • Board member of the University Studies at Svalbard (UNIS), 1999-2000.
  • Board member of the Norwegian Council For Sciences and Letter (Norwegian Research Council - NFR), 2000 -.
  • Board member of Centre for Development and the Environment, 2001 -.
  • Head of Norwegian national Committee for Polar research 1999-2000
  • Board European Science Foundation Scientific Programme. “Linking Species and Ecosystems”, 1997-2003.
  • Member of the Scientific Steering Committee for ESF Programme "Linking communities and ecosystems" 1999-2003
  • Board member of the University of Oslo, 2009 -.

Other Norwegian Boards and committees (in Norwegian):

  • Nestformann i kst. styre, senere sekretær i Norsk Ornitologisk Forening, avd. Oppland, 1974-76.
  • Utdanningsutvalget i Biologenes Interesseorganisasjon, medlem 1984-85.
  • Norsk Zoologisk Forening, sekretær 1985-87.
  • Redaksjonskomite, "Limnos", 1989-1992.
  • Norsk Limnologforening, Formann, 1993-95.
  • Norsk Biologforening, Styremedlem, 1994-96.
  • Komite for “Vurdering av kritiske klimaendringshastigheter”, DN, MD. 1993.
  • Orginisasjonskomite, fagtreff, Norsk Vannforening 1994-1997.
  • Organisasjonskomite for 4rd. Environment Northern Seas conf., ENS´97, 1995-97.
  • Arbeidsgruppe for overvåking av biologisk mangfold, DN, 1996-97.
  • ProSus (Tidsskrift for Sustainable Development), Redaksjonsråd 1996-1998.
  • DNT (Den Norske Turistforening). Styremedlem 1997-2000. (fra 1998 DNT-OA)
  • DNT´s miljøkomite. Medlem 1997-2002.
  • Gardemobanen Medlem av 5-manns ekspertgruppe for vurdering av miljøskader v. , 1997 -DNT Oslo og Akershus miljøkomite. Leder 1998-.
    -WWF. Medlem Faglig råd, 1998-2002.
  • Seminaret i Vitenskapsteori, UiO. Styremedlem, 1998 -2003.
  • UNIS (Universitetsstudiene på Svalbard), Styremedlem - UiOs representant, 1999 - 2002.
  • SUM (Senter for Miljø og Utvikling), Leder av komite for kursevaluering, 2001.
  • SUM (Senter for Miljø og Utvikling), styremedlem/nestleder, 2001 - 2006.
  • WWF Norge, medlem av representantskapet, 2001 -.
  • Biomangfold-lovutvalget, (regjeringsoppnevnt), medlem 2001-2005.
  • Stortings-forsker kontaktutvalg, medlem, 2001 -.
  • Norsk Teknisk Museum, styremedlem/vara, 2002 - 2006.
  • Medlem av strategikomite for Norges Veterinærhøgskole, 2002.
  • Innvalgskomité Vitenskapsakademiet, 2003 -.
  • Norsk Faglitterær Forfatterforening, stipendkomité og styremedlem, 2003 -2007.
  • Sofiestiftelsen (Jostein Gaarders miljøpris), styremedlem, 2003 -.
  • Styremedlem NENT (Nasjonal Etisk komite for naturvitenskap og Teknologi), 2006 - 2009.
  • Styremedlem, UiOs etiske komité, 2006 -2008.
  • Styremedlem, redelighetsutvalg for naturfaglig forskning, 2006 - 2010.
  • Leder, NFRs arbeidsgruppe for etablering av nytt miljøforskningsprogram, Miljø 2015, 2005-2006.
  • Jubileumskomite for UiO 200 års jubileum

Project leader/coordinator 20 large  research projects since 1990

In charge for more than 15 larger reasearch projects 1985-present.

Students, Dr. students, post.docs.trained: In total 28 graduate students, 14 Dr. students and 6 post.doc.

Elected member of international science comittees:

  • Advisory Board for Amercian Society for Limnology and Oceanography, 1995-96.
  • International Arctic Science Comittee, Core Group member., 1995 - .
  • Board member ESF Scientific Programme. “Linking Species and Ecosystems", 1997-.
  • UNEP Expert Group on Biodiversity (Roster), 1997. Scientific committee for the 2000 ASLO (American Society for Limnology and Oceanography) meeting, and the 2006 summer meeting.
  • Nordic Committé for course "Flow Analysis of Different Substances in Water Sheds", 1997-1998.
  • Nordic Committé for course "Large lakes", 1997-1998.
  • Advisory Committe on the Canadian Resarch Programme: “UV, humic matter and inland waters", 1997-.
  • Expert rewiever of IPCC reports.
  • Scientific Comittee for the ASLO conference 2000. 1999-2000.
  • European Science Foundation, Scientific Board, 1999- .
  • European Science Foundation, National Representative for Programme on Linking Species and Ecosystems, 1999-(Convener of ESFD-Workshop, Oslo, May 2000).
  • European Polar Board, 2000-2002.

Referee for the following journals:

  • Limnology and Oceanography, from 1988- .
  • FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 1988- .
  • Hydrobiologia, 1989-.
  • Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 1989-.
  • Mem. Inst. Ital. Idrobiol",1990-.
  • Journal of Plankton Research,1991-.
  • Ecology, 1993-.
  • Marine Biology, 1993 -.
  • Nordic J. Freshw. Res., 1994 -.
  • AMBIO, 1994-.
  • Water, Air and Soil Poll. 1995-.
  • Oecologia, 1996 -.
  • Freshwater Biology, 1996 -.
  • The American Naturalist, 1996 -.
  • Canadian Journal for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 1997-.
  • Ecoscience, 1997-.
  • Oikos, 1997-.
  • Aquatic Sciences, 1997-.
  • Aquatic Living Resources, 1998-.
  • Ecology Letters, 1998-.
  • Phycologia, 1999-.
  • Marine Ecology Progress Series 1999 -.
  • Internationale Revue gesamten Hydrobiologie 1999 -.
  • Photochemistry and Photobiology 2000 -.
  • Nature 2000 -.
  • Proc. Royal Acad. Sci. B", 2000,-.
  • J. Tropical Ecology
  • J. Theoretical Biology
  • PLoS Biology
  • PLos One
  • ISME-journal
  • Referee for a number of national research councils, including NSF.

Editorial Boards:

  • Associate editor for Limnology and Oceanography (2002-2007)
  • Associate editor for Oikos (2003-2008)
  • Associate editor for Oecologia (2005-2009)
  • Associate editor for Ecology Letters (2009 - )