CV: Erla Olsen

Education:

  • 2000 BSc in Biology from the University of Faroe Islands
  • 2000 “Fungal ecology” (1/4 year advanced studies at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
  • 2001 Communicating Science, 1/2 year postgraduate studies at Open University, UK
  • 2007 PhD from the University of York, UK. Supervisor: Prof. Alastair H. Fitter FRS. Subject: “Temperature Responses of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis”

 

Employments:

  • 2011- Lecturer at the Department of Education at the University of the Faroe Islands. General biology and  didactics.
  • 2008- Independent scientist at Gramar Research.
  • 2007-2008 Scientist. The impact of drainage on vegetation, soil nutrients and soil fungi. The Faroese Museum of Natural History. Project position.
  • 2006-2007 Case officier in environmental issues at the Faroese Food-, environmental and veterinary agency.
  • 2005- Casual lecturer at the department of Science and Technology at the University of Faroe Islands. Lecturing on fungi, fungal ecology, soils, nutrients, below ground ecology.
  • 2004-2006 Independent scientist.
  • 1999-2001 Field assistant and chemical technician. The Faroese Museum of Natural History. Seasonal position.
  • 1983- Graphic designer and publisher.

 

International Symposiums and workshops:

  • 2002 Impacts of Soil Microbes on Plant Population Dynamics and Productivity. 8th New Phytologist Symposium. Infocenter, Viikki Biocenter, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2002 Annual meeting. British Ecological Society. University of York, UK.
  • 2003 Soil Biodiversity and Function. Annual Symposium of the British Ecological Society. Lancaster University, UK.
  • 2003 International conference on mycorrhiza, ICOM4, in Montreal, Canada.
  • 2006 13th ITEX Workshop, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Miami, Florida.
  • 2007 Sustainable sheep management. Nordic workshop in Trondheim, Norge.
  • 2008 Arsenic: unraveling its metabolism and speciation in plants. 20th New Phytologist Symposium. Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • 2011 FarGen II. Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) and implementation requirements in the process of realizing FarGen. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2012 Nordisk lärarutbildningskonferens. Kalmar, Sweden.
  • 2013 NERA 41st Congress, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 2013 Biodiversity and sustainable land use. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 2013 Frændafundur 8. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2013 FarGen Summit 2013. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2013 The World of Manuscripts. Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • 2013 Arctic Circle. Reykjvík, Iceland.
  • 2014 Sustainable grazing management in subarctic environments. Nordic workshop. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. (Organizer of the workshop)
  • 2014 Nordisk broer for livslang læring. Reykjavík. Iceland.
  • 2014 Biophilia education project seminar. Reykjavík. Iceland.
  • 2015 NERA 43rd Congress, Göteborg. Sweden.
  • 2016 Frændafundur 9. Reykjavík, Iceland.

 

Resent presentations:

  • 2010 Mycorrhiza, grazing and erosion. Nordic symposium in Tórshavn. Lendisforum.
  • 2010 At kanna tað ósjónliga, um niðanjarðar vistfrøði við denti á grasrøtur og arbuskul soppar. “Glotta-framløga” fyri Føroya Fróðskaparfelag.
  • 2010 Lívfrøðiligt fjølbroytni niðanjarðar. Landbúnaður og lívfrøðiligt margfeldi. Temadagur í Norðurlandahúsinum hjá Føroya Lívfrøðingafelag.
  • 2013 The required joy of learning. NERA 41st Congress, 9 March 2013. Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • 2013 Important but boring. Poster at NERA 41stCongress, 7-9 March 2013. Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • 2013 Between insects and seabirds – through the soil and the diversity therein. Biodiversity and sustainable land use, 17 May 2013. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2013 Kærkomin lærdómur, men tað er ikki stuttligt. Setursdagur, 18 May 2013. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2013 Týðandi og minni týðandi lærugreinar – ein hugburðskanning. Frændafundur, 24 Aug 2013. Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2013 Tað sigur BANG – og dreingirnir rakna við. Um undirvísing í náttúrufakum. Speki. Faroese Television. Sjónvarp Føroya 27 Nov 2013.
  • 2014 Er viðbrekna føroyska náttúran óspilt – og hvat skal til fyri at náttúrutilfeingi verður gagnnýtt burðardygt? Politiskir skeiðsdagar. 22 May 2014. Skálavík, Faroe Islands.
  • 2014 Soppar alneyðugir og fjølbroyttir skrellimenn. Vísindavøka (Researchers Night). Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2015 The sound of Science. Poster at NERA 43td Congress, 4-6 March 2015. Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 2015 Using the obvious potentials in science teaching. NERA 43rd Congress, 5 March 2015. Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 2015 Kom syngjandi til vitan. Býarbókasavnið á Mentanarnátt, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • 2015 Okkara felags ábyrgd fyri mold, jørð og jarðarknøtti. Heystfagnaður, fyrilestur í Rit og Rák tann 14. okt. 2015.
  • 2016 Ein framtíð grundað á ótíðarhóskandi lóggávu? Tiltakið Hugburðsbroyting nú! Reinsaríið tann 2. jan. 2016.
  • 2016 Týdningurin av Fróðskaparritum. Accademia del Frignano – Lo Scoltenna, 7 May 2016. Riolunato, Italia.
  • 2016 Kreativ, aktiv og tvørfaklig undirvísing. Frændafundur 9, 27 Aug 2016, Reykjavík, Iceland. (Olsen, E. & Ólavsstovu, V.)

 

Peer-reviewed publications:

  • Ross, L.C., Austrheim, G., Asheim, L-J., Bjarnason, G., Feilberg, J., Fosaa, A.M., Hester, A.J., Holand, Ø., Jonsdóttir, I.S., Mortensen, L.E., Mysterud, A., Olsen, E., Skonhoft, A., Speed, J.D.M., Steinheim, G., Thompson, D.B.A., Thórhallsdóttir, A.G. 2016. Sheep grazing in the North Atlantic region: A long-term perspective on environmental sustainability. AMBIO. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-016-0771-z.
  • Olsen, E. 2015. Týðandi og minni týðandi lærugreinar – ella søgan um hugvísindahugaða skúlan. In: Frændafundur 8: 99-115.
  • Olsen, E. 2015. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities and root colonisaiton differ in relation to plant host and soil nutrients. Fróðskaparrit 62. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18602/fsj.v62i0.23.
  • Fosaa, A.M., Olsen, E., Simonsen, W., Gaard, M. and Hansen, H. 2010. Vegetation transition following drainage in a high-latitude hyper-oceanic ecosystem. Applied Vegetation Science 13: 249-256.
  • Simonsen, W., Fosaa, A.M., Olsen, E. and Mikkelsen, J. 2008. Distribution and the impact of outfield drainage on carabids (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in north western Eysturoy, Faroe Islands. Fróðskaparrit 56: 163-181.
  • Fosaa, A.M. and Olsen, E. 2007. The impact of grazing on mountain vegetation and the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiont. Fróðskaparrit 55: 177-187.
  • Olsen, E. 2006. Temperature responses of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. PhD thesis. University of York. Department of Biology.
  • Fitter, A.H., Heinemeyer, A., Husband, R., Olsen, E., Ridgway, K.P. and Staddon, P.L. 2004. Global environmental change and the biology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: gaps and challenges. Canadian Journal of Botany 82: 1133-1139.
  • Olsen, E. and Fitter, A. 2004. Habitat preferences of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of the Faroes compared with other places. Fróðskaparrit 52: 29-41.
  • Lawesson, J.E., Fosaa, A.M. and Olsen, E. 2003. Calibration of Ellenberg Indicator values for the Faroe Islands. Applied Vegetation Science 6: 53-62.
  • Olsen, E. and Fosaa, A.M. 2002. The mycorrhizal status in mountainous vegetation in the Faroe Islands. Fróðskaparrit 50: 121-130.

 

Other publications:

  • Olsen, E., Højsted, I., Knudsen, J. and Gunnarson, B. 2016. PISAfrágreiðing 2016. Mentamálaráðið, pp. 1-88.
  • Olsen, E. and Ólavsstovu, V. 2016. Teldlanýtsla í fólkaskúlanum – ein eftirmeting. Department of Education, University of the Faroe Islands,
  • Olsen, E. 2015. Læring broytir vanahugsan. Frøði 2: 22-26.
  • Atlas til heim og skúla. Landafrøði um alt millum himmal og jørð. 2014. Týðing: Erla Olsen. Tórshavn: Nám, pp. 1-248.
  • Olsen, E., Þórhallsdóttir, A.G., Wehn, S., Fosaa, A.M., Bjarnason, G., Mortensen, L., Patursson, B. Þorsteinsson, B., Simonsen, W., Patursson, J., Djurhuus, R., Dalsgarð, J. and Hoydal, K. 2014. Sustainable grazing in subarctic environments with regard to vegetation and soil processes. Report. Tórshavn: Gramar Research, pp. 1-76.
  • Olsen, E. 2013. Samfelagið undir moldum ger av, hvat livir oman jarðar. Frøði 2: 10-11.
  • Olsen, E. 2013. Tað SKAL vera stuttligt at læra. Frøði 1: 10-13.
  • Olsen, E. 2013. Størri skúlar til størri næmingar.
    Greinarøðin Vitan og Vísindi. Sosialurin 53: Vikuskifti 10-11.
  • Olsen, E. 2011. Vandamikið kosttilmæli. Dimmalætting 117: 10-11.
  • Olsen, E. and Olsen, R. 2011. Fish offal from aquaculture as fertiliser. Report to the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Environment Agency. Faroe Islands.
  • Olsen, E. 2010. Tað dulda soppafjølbroytnið. Frøði 2: 14-17.
  • Fosaa, A.M., Gaard, M., Olsen, E. and Simonsen, W. 2009. Nýggj vakstrarstøð. Frøði 1: 38-39.
  • Austrheim, G., Asheim, L.-J., Bjarnason, G., Feilberg, J., Fosaa, A.M., Holand, Ø., Høegh, K., Jónsdóttir, I.S., Magnússon, B., Mortensen, L.M., Mysterud, A., Olsen, E., Skonhoft, A., Steinheim, G. and Thórhallsdóttir, A.G. 2008. Sheep grazing in the North-Atlantic region – A long term perspective on management, resource economy and ecology. Rapport zoologisk serie 2008-3. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet – Vitenskapsmuseet pp. 1-82.
  • Olsen, E. 2008. Hundalond í plantasjunum í Havn. (Mushrooms in the plantations in Tórshavn. Report to the municipality of Tórshavn. In Faroese.)
  • Olsen, E. 2008. Sopprót, tungmetall og PCB. (Mycorrhiza, heavy metals and PCB. Report to the government. In Faroese.
  • Fosaa, A.M, Olsen, E. and Simonsen W. 2008. Eiði-2. Environmental Impact Assessment. Føroya Náttúrugripasavn. (Further some smaller technical reports from 2008-2009 on different “Environmental Impacts Assessments”.)

 

Interviews:

  • 2011 Blámusoppur. Childrens radio, 18 march 2011. Útvarp Føroya.
  • 2016 Er lærugreinin týdningarmikil, so er hon eisini stuttlig. Samrøða við Turið Kjølbro. Skúlablaðið 1: 26-28.

 

Other commitments related to publications:

  • Reviewed for “Applied Soil Ecology”
  • Reviewed for “Journal of Vegetation Science”
  • Reviewed for “New Phytologist”
  • Editor of Atlantsoyggjar (http://atlantsoyggjar.stovu.net)
  • Editor of Heimurin sambært Brekkustovu (http://brekku.stovu.net)
  • Editor of Gramar (http://gramar.stovu.net)
  • Member of editorial board of Frøði
  • Editor of Fróðskaparrit
  • Board member of Frændafund

 

Research activities:

  • 1999-2000 Assistant for the project “Mountain Vegatation in the Faroe Islands in a Climate Change perspective” (Fosaa, 2003) with responsibility for soil sampling and analyses. From this work two peer-reviewed articles were written (Olsen and Fosaa, 2002, Lawesson et al., 2003) .
  • 2001-2006 PhD project (Olsen, 2006) included different experiments: Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) in different host plants (field experiment), AM from high altitude sites compared with low altitude sites (field experiment), AM in the boxes used by the International Tunda Experiment (field experiment), AM with regard to grazing, AM grown at 25°C compared with 15°C (lab experiment), and the transfer of sugars and phosphate between the host plant and the AM fungi (lab experiment). Three peer-reviewed articles are published (Olsen and Fitter, 2004; Fosaa and Olsen, 2007; Olsen, 2015), while two other are expected to follow.
  • 2006-2007 Case officier in environmental issues at the Faroese Food-, environmental and veterinary agency. Participated in two Nordic groups: Organic waste and landfills, both groups dealt quite a lot with the problems of heavy metals. Prepared a research project: Fish offal as organic fertilizer. From this study a report was submitted to the Nordic Council of Ministers (Olsen and Olsen, 2011).
  • 2007-2008 A research project and an environmental impact assessment at the Faroese Natural History Museum. The aim of the project was to examine the impact of draining on flora, fauna and soil ecology (Fosaa et al, 2008).
  • 2008 Two projects, of which one had the focus on arbuscular mycorrhiza, heavy metals and PCB, the other to register the mushrooms in the plantations in Tórshavn.
  • 2009-2014 Project manager of the Nordic project “Sustainable sheep management in the Arctic: Impact of grazing pressure on vegetation and the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiont, and the interaction with changes in temperature”.
  • 2010 “Impact of drainage on soil nutrients and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi”. Greenhouse study, intended to confirm some of the findings from the field study published in 2010 (Fosaa et al.).
  • 2012 “ROSE – The Relevance of Science Education” – a study of the pupils views of science and science education. Pilot project, comparing Faroese pupils’ attitude to science with the attitude of pupils from other OECD countries.
  • 2012 “Teaching and learning in compulsory schools”. A project between research teams at the University of Faroe Islands and the University of Iceland. A comparative study.
  • 2014 “Using Citizen Science in teacher education and in compulsory schools” – An pilot project on sheep grazing and non-expert data collection.
  • 2014 “The Nordic Knowledge Train” – The impact of outreach activities and workshops on learning in different types of schools.
  • 2014 “Biophilia Educational Programme” – Creative, active and interdiciplinary teaching.
  • 2016 “iPad use in compulsory schools” – Mobile devices are available for most students, and these can be implemented into the teaching. Some schools have provided all students with iPads, other schools have a shared class-set of iPads, while other shools are reluctant to use these new tools. The project looks into how the mobile devices are used in the schools, develops methods of using them, and evaluates the outcome.
  • 2016 PISA, science curriculum and science didactics.