Kirstin Meyer (USA)

University of Tromsø

Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser is a marine biologist who has been working in Arctic habitats since 2011. American by birth, she has lived in both Germany and Norway and collaborates regularly with partners at the Alfred Wegener Institute and at various institutions in Tromsø. Kirstin is currently an Assistant Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Massachusetts, USA). Her research focuses on how hard-bottom seafloor habitats are colonized by sessile invertebrate animals – things like anemones, clams, barnacles, and sponges – how populations of these animals are connected by larval dispersal, and how seafloor communities are influenced by the environment. Most recently, she has studied colonization of hard substrata in the Arctic deep sea (2500 m deep) in a long-term experiment with AWI partners, and the potential for the West Spitsbergen Current to serve as a vector for transport of larvae from sub-Arctic habitats to the high Arctic in Svalbard.

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