Jörundur Svavarsson

Professor of Marine Biology

Institute of Biology, University of Iceland, Aragata 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland and Suđurnes University Research Centre, Garđvegi 1, 245 Sandgerđi, Iceland 

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Research projects:

Ecological and/or taxonomical projects

  • Diversity, density and distribution of isopods (Crustacea) within deep-sea sediments (OMEX, Ocean Margin Experiment). Co-worker: Els Flach, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Studies on megabenthos in the Nordic countries - the Deep-West - using a new AUV. Co-workers: Christoffer Scander, University of Bergen, Ole Tendal, University of Copenhagen, Ámundur Nolsö, The Faeroe Islands, Eric dos Santos, University of Iceland.
  • Taxonomy of deep-sea asellote isopods collected during the BIOICE and BIOFAR projects. Co-worker: Torleiv Brattegard, University of Bergen, Norway.
  • Systematic and ecology of gnathiid isopods (Crustacea).
  • Feeding of deep-water asellote Munnopsurus (Isopoda). Co-workers: Karen Osborn, MBARI, USA, Wiebke Brökeland, Wilhelmshaven and Guđmundur Guđmundsson, Museum of Natural History, Iceland. 
  • New subterranean amphipods from Iceland - ecology, systematics and molecular biology. Coworkers: Bjarni Kr. Kristjánsson, Hólar College, Iceland, Etienne Kornobis and Snćbjörn Pálsson, University of Iceland.
  • Desmosomatids (Asellota) in Icelandic waters. Co-worker: Saskia Brix, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Distribution of Cancer irroratus in Icelandic waters. Co-workers: Óskar Sindri Pálsson, Marinó Fannar Pálsson, Brynhildur Davíđsdóttir, and Halldór P. Halldórsson, University of Iceland.
  • Ecology of Cyaneca capillata in Icelandic waters. Co-workers: Guđjón Már Sigurđsson and Fannar Ţeyr Guđmundsson, University of Iceland and Ástţór Gíslason, Marine Research Institute.

Environmental projects

  • Ecotoxicological studies on marine animals in Icelandic waters: Co-workers: Kenny Mei Yee Leung, Hong Kong.
  • Ecotoxicological and ecological studies on the Greenland Shark. Co-workers: Ĺke Bergman, Aaron Fisk, Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, Anna Strid, Karin Matthiason, and Greg Tomy, Canada and Sweden.
  • Genotoxicological studies on marine invertebrates. Co-workers: Gunilla Ericson and Halldóra Skarphédinsdóttir, University of Stockholm, Sweden and Halldór P. Halldórsson, University of Iceland.
  • Pathways - persistent organic pollutants in the Arctic charr. Co-workers: Ĺke Bergman, Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, Pál Weihe, Torgeir Nygĺrd, Sweden, Norway and the Faeroe Islands. Funded by the Nordic Council (Sea- and Air group; NMD group).

Current Graduate students:

     Ólafia Lárusdóttir M.Sc. student.

         Research area: Zoogeography and taxonomy of cumaceans (Crustacea).

     Sigríđur Kristinsdóttir M.Sc. student.

         Research area: Marine protective areas in Iceland.

     Eric dos Santos M.Sc. student

         Research area: Large epibenthos in Scandinavian waters - the Deep-West project.

     Guđjón Már Sigurđsson M.Sc. student.

         Research area: Ecology of the scyphozoan Cyanea capillata in Icelandic waters.

      Fannar Ţeyr Guđmundsson, M.Sc student

          Research area: Reproduction of Cyanea capillata.

     Marinó Fannar Pálsson, M.Sc. student.

         Research area: Cancer pagurus in Iceland - estimation of density and growth and influences on the bottom community.

     Óskar Sindri Gíslason, M.Sc. student.

         Research area: Cancer pagurus in Iceland - reproduction and larval development.

      Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, Ph.D. student.

         Research area: Year-round abundance and habitat use of cetaceans using novel methods.

    Chiara Bertulli, M.Sc. student.

          Research area: Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and white-beaked dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) feeding behaviour in Faxaflói, South-west Iceland,

      Ţórđur Örn Kristjánsson, Ph.D. student.

           Research area: Effects of environmental parameters on the survival of the comon eider (Somateria mollissima)



Recently graduated:

      Hildur Pétursdóttir, M.Sc. thesis: Lipids and stable isotopes in planktonic organisms on the Reykjanes ridge.

     Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, M.Ped. thesis: Year-round distribution and abundance of white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus   albirostris) off the southwest coast of Iceland.

     Halldór P. Halldórsson Ph.D.

    Ecotoxicology - effects of pollutants on marine organisms in Icelandic waters. 

Recent publications:

Halldór P. Halldórsson, Jörundur Svavarsson and Ĺke Granmo 2005. The effect of pollution on scope for growth of the mussel (Mytilus edulis L.) in Iceland. Marine Environmental Research 59: 47-64.

Halldóra Skarphéđinsdóttir, Gunilla Ericson, Halldór P. Halldórsson and Jörundur Svavarsson 2005. Seasonal and intertidal impact on DNA adduct levels in gills of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis L.). Environmental Pollution 136: 1-9.

Kenneth M.Y. Leung, Rachel W. Dewhurst, Halldór P. Halldórsson and Jörundur Svavarsson 2005. Metallothioneins and trace metals in the dogwhelk Nucella lapillus (L.) collected from Icelandic coasts. – Marine Pollution Bulletin 51: 729-737.

Katla Jörundsdóttir, Jörundur Svavarsson and Kenneth M.Y. Leung 2005. Imposex levels in the dogwhelk Nucella lapillus (L.) – continuing improvement at high latitudes. – Marine Pollution Bulletin 51: 744-749.

Jörundur Svavarsson 2006. New species of Gnathiidae (Crustacea, Isopoda, Cymothoida) from seamounts off northern New Zealand. – Zootaxa 1173: 39-56.

Bente Stransky and Jörundur Svavarsson 2006. Astacilla boreaphilis sp. nov. (Crustacea: Isopoda: Valvifera) from shallow and deep North Atlantic waters. – Zootaxa 1259: 1-23.

Jörundur Svavarsson and Bjarni K. Kristjánsson 2006. Crangonyx islandicus sp. nov., a subterranean freshwater amphipod (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Crangonyctidae) from springs in lava fields in Iceland. – Zootaxa 1365: 1-17.

Bjarni K. Kristjánsson and Jörundur Svavarsson 2007. Subglacial refugia In Iceland enabled groundwater amphipods to survive glaciation. American Naturarlist 170: 292-296.

Halldóra Skarphéđinsdóttir, Gunilla Ericson, Jörundur Svavarsson and Kristoffer Nćs 2007. DNA adducts and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) tissue levels in blue mussels (Mytilus spp.) from Nordic coastal sites. – Marine Environmental Research 64: 479-491.

Anna Strid, Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, Olaf Päpke, Jörundur Svavarsson and Ĺke Bergman 2007. Dioxins and PCBs in Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) from the North-east Atlantic. – Marine Pollution Bulletin 54: 1514-1522.

Hildur Pétursdóttir, Ástţór Gíslason, Stig Falk-Petersen, Haakon Hop og Jörundur Svavarsson 2008. Trophic interactions of the pelagic ecosystem over the Reykjanes Ridge as evaluated by fatty acid and stable isotope analyses. – Deep-Sea Research II 55: 83-93.

Brent W. Murray, John Y. Wang, Shih-Chu Yang, John D. Stevens, Aaron Fisk og Jörundur Svavarsson 2008. Mitrochondrial cytochrome b variation in sleeper sharks (Squaliformes: Somniosidae). – Marine Biology 153: 1015-1022.

Halldór P. Halldórsson, Maurizio De Pirro, Chiara Romano, Jörundur Svavarsson and Gianluca Sara 2008. Immediate biomarker responses to benzo[a]pyrene in polluted and unpolluted populations of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis L.) at high-latitudes. – Environment International 34: 483-289.

Kenneth M.Y. Leung, Robert W. Furness, Jörundur Svavarsson, T.C. Lau, Rudolf S.S. Wu 2008. Field validation, in Scotland and Iceland, of the artificial mussel for monitoring trace metals in temperate seas. – Marine Pollution Bulletin 57: 790-800.

Karin Löfstrand, Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, Gregg Tomy, Jörundur Svavarsson, Pál Weihe, Torgeir Nygĺrd og Ĺke Bergman 2008. Spatial trends of polyfluorinated compounds in guillemot (Uria aalge) eggs from North-Western Europe. – Chemosphere 72: 1475-1480.



Symposium volumes

7th International Polychaete Symposium

E. Sigvaldadóttir, A.S.Y. Mackie, G.V. Helgason, D.J. Reish, J. Svavarsson, S.A. Steingrímsson and G. Guđmundsson, (eds), 2003. Advances in Polychaete Research. Hydrobiologia 496: 1-399.

Advances in Polychaete Research. Elín Sigvaldadóttir, Andrew S.Y. Mackie, Guđmundur V. Helgason, Donald J. Reish, Jörundur Svavarsson, Sigmar A. Steingrímsson and Guđmundur Guđmundsson (eds), Developments in Hydrobiology 170, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, September 2003, 416 pp.

37 European Marine Biology Symposium

Malcolm B. Jones, Agnar Ingólfsson, Emil Ólafsson, Guđmundur V. Helgason, Karl Gunnarsson and Jörundur Svavarsson (eds), 2003. Migrations and dispersal of Marine Organisms. Hydrobiologia 503: 1-262.

Migrations and dispersal of Marine Organisms. Malcolm B. Jones, Agnar Ingólfsson, Emil Ólafsson, Guđmundur V. Helgason, Karl Gunnarsson and Jörundur Svavarsson (eds), Developments in Hydrobiology 174, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Desember 2003, 280  pp.