Elisabeth Alve

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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 1 Geologibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1047 Blindern 0316 OSLO
Other affiliations Department of Geosciences

Academic Interests

  • Environmental geology, micropaleontology and stratigraphy
  • Benthic foraminiferal ecology, paleoecology and taphonomy


Higher education and employment history

  • 1999 -: Professor in micropaleontology, Dept. of Geosciences, UiO
  • 1995 - 1999: Associate Professor, Dept. of Geology, UiO
  • 1994 - 1995: Scientist under contract of the Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) and Institute of Marine Research, Bergen
  • 1991 - 1993: NAVF Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Geology, UiO
  • 1991: Dr. scient., Dept. of Geology, University of Oslo (UiO)
Tags: Geology, Environmental geology, Micropalaeontology, Stratigraphy, Benthic foraminifera


  • Duffield, Christopher James; Alve, Elisabeth; Andersen, Nils; Andersen, Thorbjørn J.; Hess, Silvia & Strohmeier, Tore (2017). Spatial and temporal organic carbon burial along a fjord to coast transect: A case study from Western Norway. The Holocene.  ISSN 0959-6836.  27(9), s 1325- 1339 . doi: 10.1177/0959683617690588
  • Alve, Elisabeth; Korsun, Sergei; Schönfeld, Joachim; Dijkstra, Noortje; Golikova, Elena; Hess, Silvia; Husum, Katrine & Panieri, Giuliana (2016). Foram-AMBI: A sensitivity index based on benthic foraminiferal faunas from North-East Atlantic and Arctic fjords, continental shelves and slopes. Marine Micropaleontology.  ISSN 0377-8398.  122, s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2015.11.001
  • Murray, John W. & Alve, Elisabeth (2016). Benthic foraminiferal biogeography in NW European fjords: A baseline for assessing future change. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  ISSN 0272-7714.  181, s 218- 230 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.08.014
  • Duffield, Christopher James; Hess, Silvia; Norling, Karl & Alve, Elisabeth (2015). The response of Nonionella iridea and other benthic foraminifera to "fresh" organic matter enrichment and physical disturbance. Marine Micropaleontology.  ISSN 0377-8398.  120, s 20- 30 . doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2015.08.002
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Goldstein, Susan T. (2014). The propagule method as an experimental tool in foraminiferal ecology, In Hiroshi Kitazato & Joan M. Bernhard (ed.),  Approaches to study living foraminifera. Collection, maintenance and experimentation.  Springer Science+Business Media B.V..  ISBN 978-4-431-54388-6.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 12
  • Duffield, Christopher James & Alve, Elisabeth (2014). A tray designed to improve the wet-picking method. Journal of Micropalaeontology.  ISSN 0262-821X.  33(1), s 105- 107 . doi: 10.1144/jmpaleo2013-026
  • Duffield, Christopher James; Edvardsen, Bente; Eikrem, Wenche & Alve, Elisabeth (2014). Effects of different potential food sources on upper-bathyal benthic foraminifera: an experiment with propagules. Journal of Foraminiferal Research.  ISSN 0096-1191.  44(4), s 416- 433 . doi: 10.2113/gsjfr.44.4.416
  • Hess, Silvia; Alve, Elisabeth & S. Reuss, Nina (2014). Benthic foraminiferal recovery in the Oslofjord (Norway): Responses to capping and re-oxygenation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  ISSN 0272-7714.  147, s 87- 102 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.05.012
  • Dolven, Jane Karine Lønne; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage & Magnusson, Jan (2013). Defining past ecological status and in situ reference conditions using benthic foraminifera: A case study from the Oslofjord, Norway. Ecological Indicators.  ISSN 1470-160X.  29, s 219- 233 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.12.031
  • Hess, Silvia; Alve, Elisabeth; Trannum, Hilde Cecilie & Norling, Karl (2013). Benthic foraminiferal responses to water-based drill cuttings and natural sediment burial: Results from a mesocosm experiment. Marine Micropaleontology.  ISSN 0377-8398.  101, s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2013.03.004 Show summary
  • Bouchet, Vincent; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage & Telford, Richard (2012). Benthic foraminifera provide a promising tool for ecological quality assessment of marine waters. Ecological Indicators.  ISSN 1470-160X.  23, s 66- 75 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.03.011
  • Schönfeld, Joachim; Alve, Elisabeth; Geslin, Emmanuelle; Jorissen, Frans; Korsun, Sergei; Spezzaferri, Silvia; Members of the FOBIMO group, incl Katrine Husum & Husum, Katrine (2012). The FOBIMO (FOraminiferal BIo-MOnitoring) initiative-Towards a standardised protocol for soft-bottom benthic foraminiferal monitoring studies. Marine Micropaleontology.  ISSN 0377-8398.  94-95, s 1- 13 . doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2012.06.001
  • Alve, Elisabeth; Murray, John W. & Skei, Jens (2011). Deep-sea benthic foraminifera, carbonate dissolution and species diversity in Hardangerfjord, Norway: An initial assessment. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  ISSN 0272-7714.  92(1), s 90- 102 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.12.018
  • Goldstein, Susan T. & Alve, Elisabeth (2011). Experimental assembly of foraminiferal communities from coastal propagule banks. Marine Ecology Progress Series.  ISSN 0171-8630.  437, s 1- 11 . doi: 10.3354/meps09296
  • Murray, John W. & Alve, Elisabeth (2011). The distribution of agglutinated foraminifera in NW European seas: Baseline data for the interpretation of fossil assemblages. Palaeontologia Electronica.  ISSN 1094-8074.  14(2)
  • Murray, John W.; Alve, Elisabeth & Jones, Bob W. (2011). A new look at modern agglutinated benthic foraminiferal morphogroups: their value in palaeoecological interpretation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.  ISSN 0031-0182.  309(3-4), s 229- 241 . doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.06.006
  • Lepland, Aivo; Andersen, Thorbjørn J.; Lepland, Aave; Arp, Hans Peter H.; Alve, Elisabeth; Breedveld, Gijs D. & Rindby, Anders (2010). Sedimentation and chronology of heavy metal pollution in Oslo harbor, Norway. Marine Pollution Bulletin.  ISSN 0025-326X.  60(9), s 1512- 1522 . doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.04.017
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2010). Benthic foraminiferal responses to absence of fresh phytodetritus: A two-year experiment. Marine Micropaleontology.  ISSN 0377-8398.  76(3-4), s 67- 75 . doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2010.05.003
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Goldstein, Susan T. (2010). Dispersal, survival and delayed growth of benthic foraminiferal propagules. Journal of Sea Research.  ISSN 1385-1101.  63(1), s 36- 51 . doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2009.09.003
  • Nagy, Jenø; Hess, Silvia & Alve, Elisabeth (2010). Environmental significance of foraminiferal assemblages dominated by small-sized Ammodiscus and Trochammina in Triassic and Jurassic delta-influenced deposits. Earth-Science Reviews.  ISSN 0012-8252.  99(1-2), s 31- 49 . doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.02.002
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2009). A bisected Pelosina rejoined!. Journal of Micropalaeontology.  ISSN 0262-821X.  28, s 183- 184
  • Alve, Elisabeth; Lepland, Aivo; Magnusson, Jan & Backer-Owe, Kristian (2009). Monitoring strategies for re-establishment of ecological reference conditions: Possibilities and limitations. Marine Pollution Bulletin.  ISSN 0025-326X.  59(8-12), s 297- 310 . doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2009.08.011
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2003). A common opportunistic foraminiferal species as an indicator of rapidly changing conditions in a range of environments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  ISSN 0272-7714.  57, s 501- 514
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Goldstein, Susan T. (2003). Propagule transport as a key method of dispersal in benthic foraminifera (Protista). Limnology and Oceanography.  ISSN 0024-3590.  48(6), s 2163- 2170
  • Murray, John W.; Alve, Elisabeth & Cundy, Andrew (2003). The origin of modern agglutinated foraminiferal assemblages: evidence from a stratified fjord. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.  ISSN 0272-7714.  58, s 677- 697
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Goldstein, Susan T. (2002). Resting stage in benthic foraminiferal propagules: a key feature for dispersal? Evidence from two shallow-water species. Journal of Micropalaeontology.  ISSN 0262-821X.  21(1), s 95- 96
  • Murray, John W. & Alve, Elisabeth (2002). Benthic foraminifera as indicators of environmental change: marginal-marine shelf and upper-slope environments, In Simon Haslett (ed.),  Quaternary Environmental Micropalaeontology.  Arnold, London.  ISBN 0-340-76197-0.  s 59 - 90
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Murray, John W. (2001). Temporal variability in vertical distributions of live (stained) intertidal foraminifera, southern England. Journal of Foraminiferal Research.  ISSN 0096-1191.  31(1), s 12- 24
  • Gooday, Andrew J. & Alve, Elisabeth (2001). Morphological and ecological parallels between sublittoral and abyssal foraminiferal species in the NE Atlantic: a comparison of Stainforthia fusiformis and Stainforthia sp. Progress in Oceanography.  ISSN 0079-6611.  50, s 261- 283
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2000). Environmental stratigraphy: a case study reconstructing bottom water oxygen conditions in Frierfjord, Norway, over the past five centuries, In Ronald E. Martin (ed.),  Environmental Micropaleontology. The Application of Microfossils to Environmental Geology.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.  ISBN 0-306-46232-X.  s 323 - 350

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  • Alve, Elisabeth (2016). Hvordan fastsette naturtilstanden i kystmiljøer med naturlig stressede vannforekomster?.
  • Hess, Silvia; Alve, Elisabeth; Joranger, Tore & Oen, Amy M P (2016). Defining pre-industrial ecological status (reference conditions) in heavily polluted shallow harbor areas – a case study from SE Norway.
  • Hess, Silvia; Guilini, Katja; Michiels, Diego; Torper, Magnhild; Alve, Elisabeth; Sweetman, Andrew Kvassnes & Renauld, Paul E. (2016). Meiofauna monitoring in two different fjord systems of the Norwegian west coast: Does the mass appearance of Periphylla periphylla (a deep-sea jellyfish) have an impact on the benthic community?.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2015). Foraminiferer i historiens og miljøets tjeneste.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2015). Kan foraminiferer brukes til å fastsette naturtilstand, og under hvilke forhold?.
  • Duffield, Christopher James; Alve, Elisabeth; Andersen, Nils; Andersen, Thorbjørn J.; Hess, Silvia & Strohmeier, Tore (2015). Benthic foraminifera and organic carbon along a fjord to coast transect in western, Norway.
  • Bouchet, Vincent Marcel Pierre; Beaugrand, Grégory; Goberville, Eric; Richirt, Julien & Alve, Elisabeth (2014). Assessing reference conditions of marine systems: Numerical approaches using benthic foraminifera.
  • Duffield, Christopher James & Alve, Elisabeth (2014). Effect of sediment disturbance and oxygen depletion on benthic foraminifera with focus on Nonionella iridea.
  • Duffield, Christopher James & Alve, Elisabeth (2014). Experiments with benthic foraminifera: Improving our understanding of the conditions of the past.
  • Hess, Silvia & Alve, Elisabeth (2014). Undersøkelser av den historiske oksygenutviklingen og naturtilstanden i Horten Indre Havn.
  • Korsun, Sergei; Alve, Elisabeth; Golikova, Elena; Hess, Silvia; Husum, Katrine; Panieri, Giuliana & Schönfeld, Joachim (2014). Does AMBI, a commonly used macrofauna-based ecological monitoring measure, work for benthic Foraminifera? The Fobimo-NE Atlantic group.
  • Alve, Elisabeth; Bouchet, Vincent; Dolven, Jane Karine Lønne; Hess, Silvia; Magnusson, Jan; Oug, Eivind; Rygg, Brage & Telford, Richard (2013). Marine soft-bottom bio-monitoring strategies: Can microfossils make a difference?.
  • Bouchet, Vincent Marcel Pierre; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage & Telford, Richard (2013). Benthic foraminifera provide a. promising tool for ecological quality assessment of marine waters (vol 23, pg 66, 2012). Ecological Indicators.  ISSN 1470-160X.  26, s 183- 183 . doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.10.002
  • Duffield, Christopher James & Alve, Elisabeth (2013). Experiments with the propagules of deep water benthic foraminifera.
  • Duffield, Christopher James & Alve, Elisabeth (2013). Feeding habits of deep water benthic foraminifera: An experiment with propagules.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2012). Bruk av foraminiferer til etablering av tidsserier.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2012). Kan vi bruke fossiler i miljøovervåking av fjordene våre?.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2012). Morphospecies and cryptic species; ecology and palaeoecology.
  • Bouchet, Vincent; Hess, Silvia; Dolven, Jane Karine Lønne & Alve, Elisabeth (2012). The use of fossil benthic foraminifera to define reference conditions for present-day marine waters. Geophysical Research Abstracts.  ISSN 1029-7006.  14
  • Bouchet, Vincent; Hess, Silvia; Dolven, Jane Karine Lønne; Alve, Elisabeth & Telford, Richard J. (2012). Benthic foraminifera as indicators of ecological quality of coastal marine systems.
  • Goldstein, Susan T.; Alve, Elisabeth & Bernhard, Joan M. (2012). THE PROPAGULE BANK AS AN EXPERIMENTAL TOOL IN FORAMINIFERAL ECOLOGY.
  • Simenstad, Line Madsen & Alve, Elisabeth (2012, 04. august). Vår egen tidsalder.  Klassekampen.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2011). Ecology of benthic foraminifera: Particularly aspects relevant to environmental monitoring.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2011). Fossiler tar temp’en: Om utradisjonelle metoder i marin miljøovervåking.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2011). How to determine in situ reference conditions? Key aspects of the PES project.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2011). Perspektiver på dagens miljøsituasjon i indre Oslofjord.
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Dolven, Jane Karine Lønne (2011). Bruk av mikrofossiler for å karakterisere utvikling av økologisk miljøstatus i sedimenter.
  • Goldstein, Susan T.; Alve, Elisabeth & Bernhard, Joan M. (2011). Applications of the foraminiferal propagule bank: A novel approach to understanding the ecology of Foraminifera.
  • Husum, Katrine & Alve, Elisabeth (2011). Wet vs. dry counting of benthic foraminiferal assemblages: a case study from Norwegian fjords.
  • Schönfeld, Joachim S.; Spezzaferri, Silvia; Jorissen, Frans J.; Alve, Elisabeth & Korsun, Sergei (2011). The use of foraminifera for bio-monitoring of marine environments – results and recommendations from the FOBIMO workshop.
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Dolven, Jane K. (2010). Indre Oslofjord, ”Naturtilstanden”, Vanndirektivet og Metodikk-konservatisme.
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Dolven, Jane Karine Lønne (2010). Defining "reference" conditions: monitoring inner Oslofjord, Norway.
  • Bouchet, Vincent; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage; Telford, Richard J. & Reuss, Nina (2010). Determining ecological quality status of coastal waters using benthic foraminifera: calibration with benthic macrofauna.
  • Dolven, Jane K. & Alve, Elisabeth (2010). Naturtilstanden i indre Oslofjord.
  • Hess, Silvia; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage & Telford, Richard J. (2010). Monitoring benthic community recovery in the Oslofjord: responses to capping and reoxygenation.
  • Hess, Silvia; Alve, Elisabeth & Trannum, Hilde Cecilie (2010). Effects of water-based drill cuttings vs physical burial on benthic foraminifera and macrofauna: a mesocosm experiment.
  • Hess, Silvia; Alve, Elisabeth & Trannum, Hilde Cecilie (2010). Impact of water-based drill cuttings on benthic foraminifera and macrofauna: a mesocosm experiment.
  • Nagy, Jenø; Hess, Silvia & Alve, Elisabeth (2010). Facies assessments of paralic deposits based on foraminifera: Triassic-Jurassic of the northwest European margin.
  • Alve, Elisabeth; Helland, Aud & Magnusson, Jan (2009). Bærumsbassenget et naturlig anoksisk basseng. NIVA-rapport. 5735.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2009). Foraminifera in coastal areas: Fjords in Norway.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2009). Hva er, og hvordan finner vi, "naturtilstanden"?.
  • Berge, John Arthur; Alve, Elisabeth & Helland, Aud (2009). Miljøgifter i sediment fra en datert kjerne fra Bærumsbassenget.
  • Bouchet, Vincent Marcel Pierre; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage & Oug, Eivind (2009). Combined use of benthic foraminifera and macrofauna to determine past and present ecological status in coastal environments.
  • Bouchet, Vincent Marcel Pierre; Alve, Elisabeth; Rygg, Brage & Oug, Eivind (2009). Determine past and present ecological status of fjordic coastal waters: calibrating benthic foraminifera and macrofauna.
  • Hess, Silvia & Alve, Elisabeth (2009). Monitoring colonization processes in the inner Oslofjord: benthic foraminifera as a tool for ecosystem characterization.
  • Hess, Silvia & Alve, Elisabeth (2009). Monitoring the colonization of a new substrate (Quaternary clay) in the inner Oslofjord by benthic foraminifera.
  • Lepland, Aivo; Alve, Elisabeth & Breedveld, Gijs D. (2008). Contamination history and sedimentation in the Oslofjord.
  • Moy, Frithjof; Christie, Hartvig; Alve, Elisabeth & Steen, Henning (2008). Statusrapport nr. 3 fra Sukkertareprosjektet. O-27046.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2008). Hva er, og hvordan finner vi, "naturtilstanden"?.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2008). Miljøkvalitet, mikrofossiler og estetikk.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2008). Remediation of polluted fjords: when are we back to ”normal”?.
  • Goldstein, Susan T. & Alve, Elisabeth (2008). Dispersal in Benthic Foraminifera: Dynamics of the “Propagule Bank”.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2007). Benthic foraminifera in fjords: towards a European monitoring system for ecosystem health.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2007). Malmøykalvdeponiet: Et godt utgangspunkt for studentprosjekter.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2007). Måler vannkvaliteten med fossiler. Apollon : Forskningsmagasin for Universitetet i Oslo.  ISSN 0803-6926.  2, s 42- 43
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2007). Searching for the European Water Framework Directive’s “reference conditions”.
  • Alve, Elisabeth; Husum, Katrine; Vestergard, L.G.; Murray, John W. & Nagy, Jenø (2007). Palaeoenvironmental interpretation of fossil benthic foraminiferal assemblages using modern analogues: possibilities and limitations.
  • Schaanning, Morten; Harman, Christopher & Alve, Elisabeth (2007). Spredning av partikler og miljøgifter under deponering av masser i dypvannsdeponiet ved Malmøykalven.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2006, 15. mars). Dypvannsdeponi - en god løsning. [Internett].  http://www.renoslofjord.no.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2006, 03. mars). Dypvannsdeponi lar seg forsvare.  Aftenposten.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2006). From blue skies science to practical application: Increasing need for retrospective environmental micropaleontological monitoring (REMM).
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2006). Vannrammedirektivets sterke fokus på biologiske referansevilkår: Tar vi, som geologer, utfordringen?.
  • Goldstein, Susan T. & Alve, Elisabeth (2006). Experimental assembly of shallow-water foraminiferal assemblages: The role of temperature and salinity.
  • Buhl-Mortensen, Lene; Aure, Jan; Alve, Elisabeth; Husum, Katrine & Oug, Eivind (2006). Effekter av oksygensvikt på fjordfauna: Bunnfauna og miljø i fjorder på Skagerrakkysten.
  • Whittaker, John E. & Alve, Elisabeth (2006). On the award of TMS Honorary Membership, 26 November 2005 - Professor John Murray - an appreciation. Journal of Micropalaeontology.  ISSN 0262-821X.  25, s 95- 96
  • Husum, Katrine & Alve, Elisabeth (2005). Benthic Foraminiferal Responses to Eutrophication and Hypoxia/Anoxia in Norwegian Silled Fjord Basins: Development and Assessment of Quantitative Faunal Indices.
  • Husum, Katrine & Alve, Elisabeth (2005). Paleoecological Interpretation of Benthic Foraminiferal Assemblages from Clastic Paleogene Environments Using Modern Analogues: Possibilities and Limitations.
  • Alve, Elisabeth & Goldstein, Susan T. (2004). Dispersal in benthic foraminifera.
  • Husum, Katrine & Alve, Elisabeth (2004). The present and past response of benthic foraminifera to hypoxia in Skagerrak fjord basins.
  • Alve, Elisabeth (2001). Impacts of oil contamination on benthic communities: some case studies.

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