Professor T. Frede Thingstad, Institute of Biology, University of Bergen turns 70 on December 21st, 2016 and will soon retire. On that occasion, the research environment in Bergen will honor Frede for his pioneering research by arranging an open scientific seminar on December 2nd from 10:00-15:00 at VilVite.
Frede is one of the world’s leading researchers in marine microbial ecology, and his work on the design of conceptual and mathematical models of the microbial food webhas had great impact on the research field. In 1983, he was central in shaping the concept “The Microbial Loop” which led to a paradigm shift in the field, and in 1997 he launched “Killing- the-Winner” as a key concept for analyzing the relationship between processes and participants in the marine microbial food chain .
To honor Frede, we have invited four internationally renowned scientists and challenged them to elucidate Frede’s work from different perspectives. These researchers are:
- Farooq Azam (Scripps Institution of Oceanography): Marine microbiology
- Forest Rohwer (San Diego State University): Molecular ecology and “omics”
- Christiane Lancelot (Université Libre de Bruxelles): Ecosystem models and theory
- Dag O Hessen (University of Oslo): General biology and evolution