Jørgen Berge is a professor in Arctic marine ecology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He also holds tow adjunct positions at the University Centre in Svalbard and at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.
Jørgen has worked on Arctic ecology for the last 20 years, mostly on Svalbard. His research interest cover the effect of climate change on arctic organisms and ecosystems, sea ice and zooplankton ecology and polar night biology. Since 2010 he has lead annual campaigns aimed specifically at understanding how arctic marine organisms remain active during the up to 6 months long polar night, and how background illumination from the sun remains the key zeitgeber for most biological rhythms.
Lately, emerging from his studies on polar night ecology, his research focus has evolved more towards the effect of artificial light on marine organisms that remain active during the polar night.