Siv Nam Khang Hoff
I started as a PhD student at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo (UiO), March 2018.
I have a master degree in evolutionary comparative genomics from UiO. By using a novel approach of capturing only the relevant genomic regions prior to sequencing, I investigated the organization and variations of the hemoglobin genes in a variety of codfish species. Starting on a PhD project under the Nansen Legacy, my interest lies in investigating the population genomic structure of three key ecosystem fish species in the northern Barents Sea, namely Atlantic cod, capelin, and polar cod. The Northeast Arctic cod, also known as skrei, is one of the most important commercial fish species of the region. Capelin and polar cod is both important food prey for the Northeast Arctic cod, as well as a wide range of other arctic animals. The project aims to gain better understanding of population structures of these species, and to identify signatures of directional selection, such as temperature adaptations. In addition to spatial structure we aim to assess possible temporal structure, linked to seasonal partitioning of habitat use.