Ingunn Thorland, Cand.Scient.

Senior Scientific Advisor

Ingunn Thorland has worked with the technical operation of breeding programs assisted by Akvaforsk Genetics since October 2001, including programs for Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, Atlantic cod, European seabass and Gilthead seabream. She is project leader and does quantitative genetic analysis for selective breeding in programs of Atlantic salmon in Norway and Gilthead seabream and European seabass in Greece. Ingunn is involved in various R&D projects.

Thorland finished her master in Natural Science, Biodiversity and Genetics at the Agriculture University of Norway in 2001, where she simulated genetic interaction between escaped farmed and wild salmon as part of her final thesis work. During her masters she spend one semester with studies in mathematics and biology in New South Wales, Australia.

Before working for Akvaforsk Genetics Ingunn had some work experience with farmed salmon and rainbow trout at Stolt Seafarm’s freshwater facilities in Fjon, Norway, and she has been a tutor in mathematics and statistics for other students during studies at university.

Ingunn enjoys to combine skills in biology and mathematics in applied work for the aquaculture breeding programs and sees the value a genetically selected fish population have on efficient and sustainable global food production. In Norway, she sees the culture of salmon as both important for the national economy and also an important industry to create work for people in rural parts of the country.

Ingunn Thorland has authored and co-authored scientific research articles in aquaculture field.


For Ingunn Thorland’s publication list see:
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ingunn_Thorland

Contact information:

+47 975 69 563

Academic History

  • MSc in natural science, biodiversity and genetics from Agriculture University of Norway
  • Post graduate course: Application of Generalized Mixed Models, the Agriculture University of Norway
  • Post graduate course: Advances in fish reproduction and their application to broodstock management, International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), Spain
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