Dr Kim Vane is a postdoctoral researcher associate at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. She is interested in how the diversity of individual life histories of fish within a population can contribute to resilience of that population to environmental changes.
In her PhD, she refined the application of compound specific isotope analysis of amino acids to fish otoliths to reconstruct ontogenetic changes in resource utilization, trophic position and migration of an individual. This approach she will use in workpackage 3 of the Coldfish project and analyse the δ13C of amino acids, as well as bulk δ13C and δ18O, in polar and Atlantic cod otoliths to reconstruct individual life histories of metabolic parameters, migration and resource utilization.
This project aims to identify the interaction of polar and Atlantic cod populations in a changing habitat due to increasing temperatures and resulting ice retreat. It also investigates the potential risk of Transpolar Drift advection for polar cod recruitment from the Siberian coast to the Barents Sea.
Coldfish is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.