Research team

Cartographer, GIS specialist

Address: Kirkjuteigur 18, 105 Reykjavík. tel: 693-7992. e-mail:

Adam Hoffritz finished a BA degree from the University of Iceland in 2012 and is currently enrolled in a MS in Environmental and Natural Resoures. He is a cartographer by trade and a GIS specialist. Adam worked for the Master plan for Nature Protection and Energy Utilization where he made a variety of maps and oversaw the master plan‘s gis database. He has  been a part of a research project on landscape and wilderness in Iceland for the University if Iceland. The project's goal was to develope methods for mapping landscape and wilderness for planning purposes and to be able to evaluate the value of natural areas as was done in the Master plan for Nature Protection and Energy Utilization.


Alex Freyr Hilmarsson
Alex Freyr Hilmarsson

Biotechnologist and Fishery scientist/Researcher/Student

Address: Brynjólfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík. Tel: 849-2397, e-mail:


Alex Freyr Hilmarsson (f. 1993) finished BSc degree in biotechnology and BSc degree in fisheries science from the University of Akureyri in 2017.

Alex BSc project was to use biotech methods to try and increase shelf life in fresh Arctic charr fillets. Alex will be working on his MSc along with a research on enviromental factors of aquaculture that uses open sea cages in the fjords of Iceland.

Anna Gudrun Edavardsdottir
Anna Gudrun Edavardsdottir

Specialist in education, project manager at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjólfsgata 5, 107, Reykjavík, tel: 864 0332, email:

Anna Guðrún Edvardsdóttir (b. 1960) graduated with B.ED degree in 1987 and M.ED degree in educational administration in 2002 from the Icelandic Teacher College. In 2016 Anna Guðrún graduated with Ph.D degree in philosophy in education from the University of Iceland, School of Education.

Anna Guðrún worked as a teacher and principal for years in a compulsory school. She has taught at secondary school level, university level and in adult education, mostly teaching Icelandic, Danish and English. Anna Guðrún worked as a project manager at the Westfjords Natural History Institute, a project manager in adult education at the Life Long Learning Centre in the Westfjords and a project manager in research at the University Centre of the Westfjords in 2004-2011.

Anna Guðrún has a considerable experience working in local council issues and was a member of the local council in Bolungarvík and officiate both as a chairman of the council´s board. From 2006-2011 Anna Guðrún was the chairman of the board of the Association of the Municipalities of the Westfjords, the Westfjords Marketing Office and the Economic Development Agency of the Westfjords.

From 2011-2016 Anna Guðrún worked at the doctorate, but in her thesis Anna Guðrún discuss the interaction of the knowledge society and rural development in Iceland and Scotland. The thesis examine how the knowledge society influence resilience and sustainability in rural communities and how that can have effect on rural inhabitants´ place and space, especially higher educated women.


Asbjørn Bergheim
Asbjørn Bergheim

Zoologist, researcher at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjólfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík. Tel: 8647-999 / 577-3337, e-mail:

Dr. A. Bergheim is a senior researcher in the Dept. of Marine Environment at IRIS – International Research Institute of Stavanger ( Prior to the present position, he worked at NINA – Norwegian Institute for Nature Research for ten years and he has also been at a private Norwegian consultancy company, Aqua Consult, for two years. He stayed one year as a visiting researcher at Institute of Aquaculture, Univ. of Stirling. Dr. Bergheim holds a PhD from The Norwegian University of Life Science He is a former President of AES – Aquacultural Engineering Society (2011). He has been a member of the editorial board of Aquacultural Engineering since 1996, of Aquaculture Research (since 2007). Besides, he is the Norwegian representative of the Nordic Network on RAS (2010 -).

Dr. Bergheim’s fields of interest within aquaculture are primarily water quality vs. technology and management in tanks, cages and ponds, effluent loading and treatment, recirculation systems, and intensification of farming systems. He has been involved in many research and consultancy projects in Norway (land and cage based systems for salmonids), Scotland, southern Europe, Asia (mainly brackish water shrimp culture in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand), and in some other parts of the world. Some of the achieved results are published in Aquaculture and Aquacultural Engineering, and Dr. Bergheim has been a permanent columnist in the UK based magazine, Fish Farmer (2000 – 2003) and at present in Aquaculture Magazine (2014 - ). He has published more than 50 articles in peer-review journals.

Biologist, project manager at RORUM ehf

Address: Brynjólfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík, tel: 866 7780, e-mail:

Eva Dogg Johannesdóttir (b. 1982). B.Sc. degree from the University of Copenhagen. Has worked in environmental studies since 2011.  She was Station Manager at the workstation from Westfjords Natural History Institute in the south part of Westfjords 2011-2015.

Eva was a project manager in many research programs mainly regarding accumulation of biological material from marine aquaculture along with bird watching.


Botanist, Project Manager at RORUM ehf.

 Address: Brynjolfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavik, tel: 894 5903, e-mail:

Eva G. Torvaldsdottir (b. 1954) finished BSc degree in biology from the University of Iceland in 1981 and Cand. Agro. in horticultural science from the Agricultural University of Norway in 1990.

Eva was director of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden in 2000-2011, specialist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History 1997-2000 and director of continuing education as well as lecturer in plant production at the Icelandic Horticultural College 1990-1997.

In 1981-1984 Eva worked on a study of flora and vegetation of the Reykjanes Peninsula commons and at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History she was a specialist in vegetation mapping. As the director of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden Eva had supervision of all plant collections, including plants from the Icelandic Flora and in relation to that, she took part in a study on the distribution of Icelandic vascular plants listed as endangered. In 2012-2013 Eva worked temporarily as a specialist at The Natural History Museum of Kopavogur in the survey on waterplants in Icelandic lakes.

Zoologist, project manager at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjolfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík, tel: 849 2416, e-mail:

Guðmundur Víðir Helgason (b. 1956) finished BSc degree in biology from the University of Iceland in 1979 and BSc honor from the University of Iceland in 1982. He finished MSc degree in taxonomy from the University of Gothenburg in 1985.

Gudmundur Vidir Helgason worked at the Institute of Biology, University of Iceland from 1985 t0 2013 mostly working in the littoral and sublittoral zone,

He was one of the project coordinators of the BIOICE program (Benthic Invertebrate of Icelandic Waters) 1992-2013 and director of the Sandgerdi Marine Centre from 1992 to 2013 when it was closed....

In his research he has mainly worked on the taxonomy of polychaetes, their role in benthic communities and the effects of organic pollution on benthic communities.



Algae specialist, project manager at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjolfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík, tel: 694 9997, e-mail:

Gunnar Steinn Jonsson (b. 1951), finished BSc degree in biology from the University of Iceland in 1982 and BSc honor in 1978 from the University of Iceland, Cand. Scient. degree (MSc) in aquatic botany  from the University of Copenhagen in  1980 and PhD with emphasis on the botany of fresh water algae. He finished with Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Limnology at the University of Copenhagen in 1990.

His studies centered on developing a new method of mesuring the primary productivity of benthic algae in general and in the lake Thingvallavatn, partly in cooperation with others from 1981 to 1988. These studies were partly funded by the Icelandic Science fund, the Danish Science fund and the Carlsberg Science fund. He has continued his studies and as well worked for 25 years in public administration.

Gunnar Steinn Jónsson has kept his competence in his field by e.g. cooperation with Institute of Freshwater Fisheries in monitoring new species of algae (Didymosphenia geminata) in Icelandic freshwater that has been defined as invasive internationally and was found in Iceland 1993.


Business administrator, project manager at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjólfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík, tel: 562 4688, e-mail:

Magnus Thor Bjarnason (b.1975) finished BSc degree in business administration with emphasis on marketing from the University of Iceland in 2003 and MSc in International Business from the University of Gothenburg in 2005.

After his studies he was employed by Nýsir as a project manager in marketing both in Iceland and abroad. He did a feasibility study of industrial facilities in the municipality Dalabyggd and showed how that project would pay off. He has worked on real estate marketing in Reykjavík and works now at the office off his home town Isafjordur.

Magnus Thor Bjarnason is interested in using natural resources in sustainable way and thinks the cooperation of scientists and entrepreneurs is necessary for that purpose.

Geologist, project manager at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjólfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík, tel: 848 4642, e-mail:

Sigmundur Einarsson (b. 1950) finished BSc. degree in geology from the University of Iceland in 1974.

Sigmundur Einarsson has 40 years of experience of diverse geological research in Iceland. He worked on geological mapping in the Reykjanes peninsula  in 1976-1978, geothermal research in 1978-1987, geological mapping in the Hekla area in 1989-1992, mineral prospecting in northern and western Iceland in 1991-1993, conservation value of natural phenomena in areas under hydropower development in 1999-2000, environmental assessment for hydropower stations in lower Þjórsá in 2001-2003, geological research for hydropower development in southern Iceland in 2003-2006, project monitoring for road work in 2005-2006, conservation value of high temperature geothermal fields in Iceland in 2007-2009.

Sigmundur Einarsson worked for 11 years at the geothermal division of the National Energy Authority, for 10 years at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, for 8 years at Almenna   Engineering Consultants and for 4 years at the Ministry for the Environment. In recent years Sigmundur has focused on geoconservation.


Thorgerdur Thorleifsdottir
Thorgerdur Thorleifsdottir


Address: Brynjolfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavik. Tel: 861-3885, e-mail:

Studies for a BS-degree in Biology at the University of Iceland. Is conducting a research project in „Frequency oviposition in arctic tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus arcticus)“ in liaison with Rorum and the university of Iceland. Works as a researcher at the Natural history institute in Westfjords 2005-2013. Has a lot of experience working at museums, both as a guide and keeper.

Zoologist, project manager at RORUM ehf.

Address: Brynjolfsgata 5, 107 Reykjavík, tel: 897 7395, e-mail:

Thorleifur Eiriksson (b. 1956) finished BSc. degree in biology from the University of Iceland in 1982, a Diploma in behavioral ecology 1986 and PhD in 1992 from the Department of Zoology, University of Stockholm.

Thorleifur Eiriksson has worked on research and consulting projects in ecology and environmental problems. Thorleifur Eiriksson started working at the University of Iceland as a student at in the first years after BSc. After his PhD Studies he worked at The Natural History Museum of Kopavogur and at Holar University Collage.

In the years 1997 – 2014 Thorleifur Eiriksson was the director of Westfjords Natural History Institute supervised many different biological and environmental projects, e.g. the impact assessment of various construction. He was also a project manager in many projects regarding the environmental issues of the coastal zone as the accumulation of biological material from aquaculture and sewage.