External engagement and impact

Professional committees and conference organising

2020 - current      President of the Icelandic Ecological Society

2021 - current       Professional council member for Landvernd - Icelandic Environment Association NGO

2021        Professional council member for the Icelandic Museum of Natural History  

2018-2021      President of the Icelandic Association for Women in Science since 2018, on the board since 2017

2019      President of the scientific committee for the Icelandic Ecological Society Conference

2021      Board member for the Icelandic Seafood congress (since 2018)

2019      Board member for the Icelandic Ecological Society since 2018

2017      Icelandic Pelagic Environment: Organizer of themed Seminar at Icelandic Biological Conference

2017      Arctic Circle Assembly - Pacific Island Fisheries Exchange: Host and organizer of visitors program

2017      Institute of Biology Friday Lunch Seminars: Host and organizer of speakers

2017     BirdLife Iceland Seminar on IUCN Red list and protection of Birds: Host and organizer

2017      Migration Workshop, University of Exeter: Invited workshop member

2017      North Atlantic International Seabird Workshop, Reykjavik: Host and steering group member

2017      Board member for the Icelandic Association for Women in Science

2013      BOU conference committee, Leicester UK: Audio and Visual control

2011      Seabird Group 11th International Conference, Plymouth UK: Field trip coordinator

2011     BOU Early Career Researcher ECR Workshop, York UK: invited committee member

2010      Centre of Ecol & Evol CEEC UEA Rebellion Conference committee: Scientific program

2011     Centre of Ecol & Evol CEEC UEA Rebellion Conference committee: Committee chair

2009      CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) Seabird working group meeting, Iceland

2007     Workshop on Nordic seabirds in a changing environment, Faroe Islands: invited member


Public and media engagement activities 2003 – 2019

>10 Invited talks and open meetings for the public, including:

2019      Presentation on bird life and nature of Grótta og Seltjarnanes for Seltjarnanes Rotary club

2015      Presentation on Arctic Tern research at Seltjarnanes Golf course in April 2015

2008      Presentation on Puffin harvest records for puffin hunters in Vestmannaeyjar in 2008

2009      Presentation on Arctic Tern and seabird crisis for Snæfellsbær community in 2009


>25 Radio and TV interviews, including:

2021      RÚV, national radio, morning show: interview on urban birds and seagulls

2019      RÚV, national radio, morning show: interview on climate change and seabird wrecks

2018     RÚV news report interview on importance of education in nature resource related studies

2018      KrakkaRúv, kids-radio: Two 30 min interviews on fish evolution and fish biology

2017     RÚV-Spotlight, live-TV (2x), and RUV Samfélagið Radio: discussion marine and seabird research

2016      Bylgjan - Í Bítið: 30 min discussion on marine pollution and plastics in the environment

2013      BBC Radio 4 - one hour interview on Arctic Tern research in Iceland

2008, 2010 RÚV Samfélagið, 60 min live broadcast inteview: 2 appearances to discuss seabird research

2010      Nature documentary appearance in Fjársjóður Framtíðar: 15 min interview

2009      Appearance and script writing for Krían 60 min nature documentary by Páll Steingrímsson


>25 Newspapers and online interviews, including:

2008-2019 Multiple interviews annually with Morgunblaðið, Fréttablaðið and RUV online on Seabirds

2013  Interview in National Geographic on Arctic Tern research and seabird crisis in Iceland

2004  Interview in Wall Street Journal on Rabbits and Puffins in Vestmannaeyjar: Cute vs. cuter


Nature documentary filming and photography:

2016      Photography award for best pictures on University of Exeter Field course fortnight

2014      Filming in Canadian Arctic, Iceland and Ireland for Wild Doc Society: Wild  Goose Chase documentary

2014      Filming in Iceland for Fjársjóður Framtíðar on scientific work on long distance migratory birds