Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón is director of the master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management. She holds a PhD in Community Ecology from University of East Anglia (U.K.), a Master of Science in Biological Diversity from University of Plymouth (U.K.), a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University (U.S.A.), as well as a Diploma in Marine Environmental Management from International University Study Centre (Spain). Most recently she has worked as a senior researcher at the University of Iceland and the University of East Anglia.

Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón is an internationally recognized expert in shorebird ecology and engages in productive collaborations across Europe. In the past 5 years, she has published 13 articles in top scientific journals and presented her research extensively at prestigious international scientific meetings and seminars (British Ecological Society, British Ornithologists’ Union, International Ornithological Congress, Wader Study Group, VISTIR).

The Program Director in Coastal and Marine Management has the following roles:

  • Professional oversight over the master’s program, administration and co-ordination of the curriculum
  • Contactbetweenthe Master's program committee, University Centre staff, teachersandstudentsinCoastal and Marine Management
  • Recommend new teachers, instructors, and thesis advisors to the master’s committee
  • Facilitate cooperation, foster a network around the program and be of an assistance to teachers if needed
  • Answer or correctly forward all questions relating to professional aspects of the master’s program
  • Keep track of students’ academic progress, both in courses and when working on their theses
  • Take responsibility for thesis assessments, including presentations (lectures) and defences

Instructors 2020-2021

Adam Stepien
Researcher (Arctic Centre), PhD candidate (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland)
Angelika Renner
Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø, Norway
Anna Guðrún Edvardsdóttir
Adjunct and an indipentent researcher
Arnar Sigurðsson
Blue Bank Director
Bradley W. Barr
Visiting Faculty at the University Centre of the Westfjords and Affiliate Professor, University of New Hampshire
Catherine Chambers
Program Director of CMM
David Cook
Post-doctoral researcher, University of Iceland
David Goldsborough
Senior lecturer researcher Marine Policy at Van Hall Larenstein
Einar Hreinsson
Scientist at the Marine Research Institute of Iceland.
Gunnar Páll Eydal
Verkís hf. Resource and Environmental Manager
Gylfi Ólafsson
CEO of Westfjords Healthcare Institute
Jamie Alley
Natural Resource Management Consultant
John Colton
Professor Acadia University, Canada
Kjartan Bollason
Associate Professor, Hólar University
Kristen Lowitt
Assistant Professor, Brandon University
Maik Brötzmann
Paolo Stocchi
Tenure Track Scientist at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea research
Patricia Manuel
Associate Professor in the School of Planning at Dalhousie University.
Pernilla Carlsson
Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research
Peter Krost
Owner Operator of CRM, Coastal Research and Management
Pétur Dam Leifsson
Assistant Professor of Law - University of Iceland.
Timothy Heleniak
Senior Research Fellow
Zoi I. Konstantinou
University of Porto, Portugal, as networking focal point related to issues of Science-Policy interface regarding biodiversity, and for the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a post-doctoral researcher

Instructors and thesis advisors

Albína Hulda Pálsdóttir
Research Specialist - Zooarchaeologist Agricultural University of Iceland
Alfred Baird
Professor of Maritime Business at Transport Research Institute (TRI), Edinburgh Napier University
Allan Williams
Professor of Coastal Management at Swansea Metropolitan University
Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir
Research Specialist at the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre
Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir
Associate Dean of the Faculty, Bates College
Benedict Colombi
Assistant Professor University of Arizona
Bjarni Már Magnússon
Associate professor - Reykjavík University
Daði Már Kristófersson
Professor and Dean of the School of Social Sciences University of Iceland
Dagný Arnarsdóttir
Head of Division, Tourism and Natural Heritage at Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources
Dong Yang
Research Fellow at the Centre for Maritime Studies, National University of Singapore.
Emil Ólafsson
Senior Researcher at Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares, Instituto Español de Oceanografía
Gabriela Sabau
Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Georg Haney
Specialist at Marine Research Institute, Ísafjörður
Guðbjörg Ásta Ólafsdóttir
Director of the University of Iceland Research Centre of the Westfjords
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Environmental Scientist.
Guðni Elísson
Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland
Helga Ögmundardóttir
PhD-candidate at the Universtity of Uppsala, Sweden, and a researcher at the Institute of sustainable development, University of Iceland.
Helgi Áss Grétarsson
Specialist at the Institute of Law - University of Iceland.
Helgi Jensson
Senior Consultant, Environment Agency of Iceland
Hrafnhildur Bragadóttir
Legal Advisor at the Department for Legal and Administrative Affairs, the Environmental Agency of Iceland, Reykjavík.
Hrönn Jörundsdóttir
Project manager at the Department of Food Safety and Environment at Matís, Reykjavík.
John Nyboer
Executive Director of the Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG), Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Jón Ólafsson
Professor of Chemical Oceanography, University of Iceland.
Katrín Hólm Hauksdóttir
Project Manager at the Registers Iceland.
Larry Hildebrand
Manager of Sustainable Communities and Ecosystem programs for Environment Canada in Atlantic Canada
Marc L. Miller
Professor at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, USA).
Miaoija Liu
Chief Education Officer at BIMCO (Baltic and International Maritime Council) from May 2011 onwards.
Michael Honeth
Consultant in marine and coastal resource management
Mike Philips
Professor, Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales.
Morten Edvardsen
Professor of urban and regional planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway.
Nadine Fabbi
Managing Director of the Canadian Studies Center and Arctic and International Relations in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle
Norm R. Catto
Professor of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Ólafur Ögmundarson
Aquaculture specialist at Matís (Icelandic Food Research) in Ísafjörður, Iceland.
Rodrigo Menafra
Research Manager at the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA)
Ronald Wennersten
Head of the Department of Industrial Ecology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Scott Heppell
Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, USA.
Selina Heppell
Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, USA.
Sigríður Ólafsdóttir
PhD-candidate at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Steingrímur Jónsson
Executive Secretary of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group of the Arctic Council
Tiina Tihlman
Ministerial Adviser at Finnish Ministry of the Environment
Tom Barry
Executive Secretary of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group of the Arctic Council
Þorleifur Ágústsson
Research Manager RORUM ehf
Class of 2012-2013.
Class of 2012-2013.

The Coastal and Marine Management master´s program is an international cross-disciplinary program. Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, ranging from Biology, Engineering, Environmental studies, Law and Fine Arts. The program is also internationally oriented and students come from all over the world. In June 2016 92 students will have graduated from the program.

Students though the years

Ægir Student Association represents the student community at the University Center of the Westfjords. Ægir was the giant Norse spirit of the sea, and as a master brewer he was also chief party organizer for the gods of Valhalla. Its intention is to provide an insight into student life, while building relationships with the local community of Ísafjörður.

Ægir Student Association's website