Matís Staff

Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir

Deputy CEO / Director of Research & Innovation

Group: Management

Phone: +354 4225014/8585014


Focus Areas:

Genetics, Fisheries Management, Environment, Sustainability


Bibliography / Publications

Doctoral thesis

Daníelsdóttir, AK 1994. Genetic variation among different species and populations of baleen whales from the North Atlantic Ocean. Doctoral thesis / Ph.D. Thesis. Dublin College / University College Dublin, Ireland. 308 p.

Ritrýndar greinar / Publications in peer-reviewed journals:


Kvaavik C., Óskarsson GJ, Pétursdóttir HM, Marteinsdottir G., Daníelsdóttir AK 2021. New insight of trophic niche partitioning and diet of mackerel (Scomber scombrus) and herring (Clupea harengus) in Icelandic waters. ICES Journal of Marine Science 79:08-20.

Pampoulie, C., Gíslason, D., Ólafsdóttir, G., Chosson, V., Halldórsson, SD, Mariani, M., Elvarsson, B., Rasmussen, MH, Iversen, MR, Daníelsdóttir, AK and Víkingsson, GA 2021 Evidence of unidirectional hybridization and second-generation adult hybrid between the two largest animals on Earth, the fin and blue whales. Evolutionary Applications 14: 314–321.


Gíslason, D., Helyar SJ, Óskarsson G., Ólafsdóttir G., Slotte A., Jensen T., Jacobsen JA, Ólafsson K., Skírnisdóttir, S., Dahle, G., Siegstad, H., Joensen H., Curti, KL, Grégoire, F., Masse, J., Sveinsson, S., Daníelsdóttir AK, Pampoulie C. 2020. The genetic composition of feeding aggregations of the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the central north Atlantic: a microsatellite loci approach (Scomber scombrus, L). ICES Journal of Marine Science 77:604-612. https: // doi: 10.1093 / icesjms / fsaa003.


Kvaavik, C., Óskarsson, GJ, Daníelsdóttir, AK and Marteinsdóttir, G. 2019. Diet and feeding strategy of Northeast Atlantic Mackerel (Scombrus scomber) in Icelandic waters. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0225552. pone.0225552. 22p.

Árnason, T., Gunnarsson, Á., Steinarsson, A., Daníelsdóttir, AK and Björnsson, B. Th. 2019. Impact of temperature and growth hormone on growth physiology of juvenile Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus). Aquaculture 504:404-413. Article

Stefánsson, G. Punt, EA, Ruiz, J., van Putten, I. Agnarsson, S., Daníelsdóttir, AK 2019. Implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.Fisheries Research 216:174-176.


Kåre Nolde Nielsen; Michaela Maria Aschan; Sveinn Agnarsson; Marta Ballesteros; Alan Baudron; Maria de Fátima Borges; Aida Campos; Rosa Chapela; Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir; Karim Erzini; Ólavur Gregersen; Petter Holm; Alessandro Lucchetti; Sveinn Margeirsson; Hugo Vilela Mendes; Petter Olsen; Mafalda Rangel; Antonello Sala; José Luis Santiago; Sigríður Sigurðardóttir; Cristina Silva; Daryl Sykes; Jónas Rúnar Viðarsson; Massimo Virgili; Laura Wise; Paul George Fernandes 2018. A framework for results-based management in fisheries. Fish and Fisheries 19:363-376. Article

Pardo, M.Á., Jiménez, E. Viðarsson, JR, Ólafsson, K., Ólafsdóttir, G., Daníelsdóttir, AK and Pérez-Villareal, B. 2018. DNA barcoding revealing mislabeling of seafood in European mass catering. Food Control 92:7-16. Article


Pastrav, C., Sigurdardottir, S., Vidarsson, JR, Danielsdottir, AK 2016. Agent based model of fisher behavior as a dynamic constraint resolution problem. 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). 3120-3121. Article


Pampoulie, C., Slotte, A., Óskarsson, GJ, Helyar, SJ, Jónsson, Á., Ólafsdóttir, G., Skírnisdóttir, S., Libungan, LA, Jacobsen, JA, Joensen, H., Nielsen, HH, Sigurðsson, SK, Daníelsdóttir, AK 2015. Stock structure of Atlantic herring Clupea harengus in the Norwegian Sea and adjacent waters.  Marine Ecology Progress Series. 522, 219-230. Article

Pampoulie, C., Skirnisdottir, S., Star, B. Jentoft, S., Jónsdóttir, IG, Hjörleifsson, E., Thorsteinsson, V, Pálsson, Ó.K., Berg, PR, Andersen, Ø. Magnusdottir, S., Helyar, SJ and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2015. Rhodopsin Gene Polymorphism Associated with Divergent Light Environments in Atlantic Cod. Behav. Genet: online. Article


Pampoulie, C., Skirnisdottir, S., Ólafsdóttir, G., Helyar, SJ, Thorsteinsson, V., Jónsson, S.Þ., Fréchet, A., Durif, CMF, Sherman, S., Lampart-Kałuzniacka, M ., Hedeholm, R., Ólafsson, H., Daníelsdóttir, AK, and Kasper, JM 2014. Genetic structure of the lumpfish Cyclopterus lumpus across the North Atlantic. ICES Journal of Marine Science 71(9):2390–2397 . Article


Olafsdottir, G., Olafsson, K., Skirnisdottir, S., Oskarsson, GJ, Kohlbach, D., Franklinsdottir, H., Kvaavik, CEK, Morneau, R., Chevrier, A., Pampoulie, C., Helyar, S., Danielsdottir, AK 2013. Isolation and characterization of thirty microsatellite loci for Atlantic mackerel ( Scomber scombrus L.). Conservation Genetics Resources. 5(2), 491-494. Article

Gudmundsson LA, Gudjónsson S., Marteinsdóttir G., Scarnecchia D., Daníelsdóttir AK and Pampoulie C. Spatio-temporal effects of stray hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon Salmo salar on fine-scale population genetic structure within a 21 km-long Icelandic river system. Conservation Genetics. Published July 25, 2013. Article

Skirnisdottir, S., Olafsdottir, G., Olafsson, K., Jendrossek, T., ap Dafydd Lloyd, H., Helyar, S., Pampoulie, C., Danielsdottir, AK, Kasper, JM 2013. Twenty-two novel microsatellite loci for lumpfish ( Cyclopterus lumpus). Conservation Genet Resources. 5(1), 177-179. Article


Olafsdottir, G., Olafsson, K., Skirnisdottir, S., Oskarsson, GJ, Kohlbach, D., Franklinsdottir, H., Klitgaard Kvaavik, CE, Morneau, R., Chevrier, A., Pampoulie, C., Helyar , S., Danielsdottir, AK 2012. Isolation and characterization of thirty microsatellite loci for Atlantic mackerel ( Scomber scombrus L.). Conservation Genetics Resources. Published Online December 2012. Article

Pampoulie, C., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Thorsteinsson, V., Hjörleifsson, E., Marteinsdóttir, G., Ruzzante, DE 2012. The composition of adult overwintering and juvenile aggregations of Atlantic cod ( Gadus morhua L.) around Iceland using neutral and functional markers: a statistical challenge. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science. 69(2), 307-320. Article

Pampoulie, C., Ólafsdóttir, G., Hauksdóttir, S., Skírnisdóttir, S., Ólafsson, K., Magnúsdóttir, S., Chosson, V., Halldórsson, SD, Ólafsdóttir, D., Gunnlaugsson, Th., Daníelsdóttir , AK, Víkingsson, GA 2012. A note on a mother-fetus pair and alleged father match in the Atlantic fin whale ( Balaenoptera physalus) off Iceland. Journal of Cetacean Research Management. 12(3), 341-343.

Libungan, LA Ólafsdóttir, G., Skírnisdóttir, S., Pálsson, S., Pampoulie, C., Björnsdóttir, SH, Ólafsson, K., Óskarsson, GJ, Daníelsdóttir, AK 2012. Brief communication. Fourteen new microsatellite markers for Atlantic herring Clupea harengus. Journal of Fish Biology. 81, 1422-1426.  Article

Christophe Pampoulie, Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, Vilhjálmur Thorsteinsson, Einar Hjörleifsson, Guðrún Marteinsdóttir, Daniel E. Ruzzante. 2012. The composition of adult overwintering and juvenile aggregations of Atlantic cod ( Gadus morhua L.) around Iceland using neutral and functional markers: a statistical challenge. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science. 69(2), 307-320. Article

Pampoulie, C., Skirnisdóttir, S., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Gunnarsson, Á. 2012. Genetic structure of the Atlantic wolffish ( Anarhichas lupus L.) at Icelandic fishing grounds: another evidence of panmixia in Iceland? - ICES Journal of Marine Science, 69(4), 508-515 Article


Christophe Pampoulie, Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, Marie Storr-Paulsen, Holger Hovgård, Einar Hjörleifsson, Björn Ævarr Steinarsson. 2011. Neutral and nonneutral genetic markers revealed the presence of inshore and offshore stock components of Atlantic cod in Greenland waters. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 140(2), 307-319. Article

Anderwald, P., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Haug, T., Larsen, F., Lesage, V., Reid, RJ, Víkingsson, GA, Hoelzel, AR 2011. Possible cryptic stock structure for minke whales in the North Atlantic: Implications for conservation and management. Biological Conservation. 144, 2479–2489. Article


Cadrin, SX, Bernreuther, M., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Hjörleifsson, E., Johansen, T., Kerr, L., Kristinsson, K., Mariani, S., Nedreaas, K., Pampoulie, C., Planque, B., Reinert, J., Saborido-Rey, F., Sigurðsson, T., and Stransky, C. 2010. Population structure of beaked redfish, Sebastes mentella: Evidence of divergence associated with different habitats. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 67(8):1617-1630.   Article     

Higgins, RM, Danilowicz, BS, Balbuena, JA, Daníelsdóttir, AK, Geffen, AJ, Meijer, WG, Modin, J., Montero, FE, Pampoulie, C., Perdiguero-Alonso, D., Schreiber, A., Stefánsson, M.Ö. and Wilson, B. 2010. Multi-disciplinary fingerprints reveal the harvest location of Cod ( Gadus morhua) in the Northeast Atlantic . Marine Ecology-Progress Series. 404:197-206 . Article


Pampoulie, C., Gíslason, D. and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2009. A “seascape genetic” snapshot of Sebastes marinus calls for further investigation across the North Atlantic. Short Communication in ICES Journal of Marine Science 66: 2219–2222. Article

Stefansson, M.Ö., Sigurdsson, Th., Pampoulie, C., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Thorgilsson, B., Ragnarsdóttir, A. Gíslason, D., Coughlan, J., Cross, TF and Bernatchez, L. 2009. Pleistoscene genetic legacy suggests incipient species of Sebastes mentella in the Irminger Sea. Heredity,  102, 514-524Article


Pampoulie, C. and Daníelsdóttir, AK, 2008. Resolving species identification problems in the genus Sebastes using nuclear genetic markers. Fisheries Research, 93 (1-2)54-63. Article

Pampoulie, C., Stefánsson, M.Ö., Jörundsdóttir, Th.D., Danilowicz, BS and Daníelsdóttir, AK, 2008. Recolonization history and large-scale dispersal in the open sea: the case study of the North Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua L. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94:315-329. Read Article   Article

Pampoulie, C., Steingrund, P., Stefánsson, M.Ö. and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2008. Genetic divergence among East Icelandic and Faroese waters population of Atlantic cod provides evidence for historical imprints at neutral and non-neutral markers. ICES Journal of Marine Science 65:65-71. Article

Daníelsdóttir, AK, Gíslason, D., Kristinsson, K., Stefánsson, M.Ö., Johansen, T. and Pampoulie, C. 2008. Population structure of deep-sea and oceanic Sebastes mentella in the Irminger Sea and the continental slope in Icelandic waters based on allozyme markers. Transaction of the American Fisheries Society.  137: 1723–1740 Article.

Daníelsdóttir, AK, Pampoulie, C., Víkingsson, G., Árnason, A. and Duke, EJ 2008. What do Reanalysis of North Atlantic fin whale allozymes tell us about the genetic composition at different feeding grounds? Marine Mammal Science. In review.


Daníelsdóttir, AK, Gunnlaugsson, Þ., Ólafsdóttir, D. and Víkingsson, GA 2006. Stock structure hypotheses for North Atlantic fin whales. Journal of Cetacean Research Management, 8 (SUPPL.): 85-90.

Jakobsdóttir, KB, Jörundsdóttir, Th.D., Skírnisdóttir, S., Hjörleifsdóttir, S., Hreggviðsson, G.Ó., Daníelsdóttir, AK and Pampoulie, C. 2006. Nine new polymorphic microsatellite loci for the amplification of archived otolith DNA of Atlantic cod, (Gadus morhua L). Molecular Ecology Notes 6:337-339.

Pampoulie, C., Jörundsdóttir, Th.D., Steinarsson, A., Pétursdóttir, G., Stefánsson, M.Ö., and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2006. Genetic comparison of farmed and wild Icelandic populations of Atlantic Cod ( Gadus morhua L.). Aquaculture 261:556-564.

Daníelsdóttir, AK, Duke, EJ and Árnason, A. 1991. Genetic variation at enzyme loci in North Atlantic minke whales, ( Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Abstract in Rep. int. Whal. Commn. 41:588.

Pampoulie, C., Ruzzante, DE, Chosson, V., Jörundsdóttir, Th.D., Taylor, L., Þorsteinsson, V., Daníelsdóttir, AK and Marteinsdóttir, G. 2006. The genetic structure of Atlantic cod ( Gadus morhua) around Iceland: insight from microsatellites, the Pan I locus, and tagging experiments. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63:2660-2674.


Daníelsdóttir, AK, Gunnlaugsson, Þ., Ólafsdóttir, D. and Víkingsson, GA 2005. Stock structure hypotheses for North Atlantic fin whales. Working paper presented at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Meeting, 30th May - 8th June 2005, Ulsan, Republic of Korea. IWC / SC / 57 / WP3. Appendix 5. Journal of Cetacean Research Management, 1(1):3-24.


Imsland, AK, Jónsdóttir, Ó.DB and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2004. Nuclear DNA RFLP variation among Atlantic cod in south and south-east Icelandic waters. Fisheries Research, 67: 227–233.


Jónsdóttir, Ó.DB, Imsland, AK, Atladóttir, Ó.Ý.and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2003. Nuclear DNA RFLP variation of Atlantic cod in the North Atlantic Ocean. Fisheries Research, 63:429-436.

Marteinsdóttir, G., Wright, P., Nielsen, E., Harms, I., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Heath, M., Gallego, A., Þorsteinsson, V., Ruzzante, D., Pampoulie, C., Backhaus , JO, Begg, G., Valdimarsson, H., Gunnarsson, B., Gibb, F., Brickman, D. and Campana, S. 2003. METACOD: The role of sub-stock structure in the maintenance of cod metapopulations. Marine Research Institute. Copies 93:1-110.


Johansen, T., Daníelsdóttir, AK and Nævdal, G. 2002. Genetic variation of Sebastes viviparus Krøyer in the North Atlantic. Journal of Applied Ichtyology 18(3):177-180.

Jónsdóttir, Ó.DB, Imsland, AK, Daníelsdóttir, AK and Marteinsdóttir, G. 2002. Genetic heterogeneity and growth properties of different genotypes of Atlantic cod ( Gadus morhua L.) at two spawning sites off south Iceland. Fisheries Research 55(1-3):37-47.


Jónsdóttir, Ó.DB, Daníelsdóttir, AK and Nævdal, G. 2001. Genetic differentiation among Atlantic cod ( Gadus morhua L.) in Icelandic waters: temporal stability. ICES Journal of Marine Science 58:114-122.


Johansen, T., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Meland, K. and Nævdal, G. 2000. Studies of the genetic relationship between deep-sea and oceanic Sebastes mentella in the Irminger Sea. Fisheries Research 49(2):179-192.

Johansen, T., Nævdal, G., Daníelsdóttir, AK and Hareide, NR 2000. Genetic characterization of Giant Sebastes in the deep water slopes in the Irminger Sea. Fisheries Research 45:207-216.

Martinez, I. and Daníelsdóttir, AK 2000. Identification of marine mammal species in food products. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 80(4):527-533.


Jónsdóttir, Ó.DB, Imsland, AK, Daníelsdóttir, AK, Þorsteinsson, V. and Nævdal, G. 1999. Genetic differentiation among Atlantic cod in south and south-east Icelandic waters: synaptophysin ( Type I) and haemoglobin ( HbI) variation. Journal of Fish Biology 54:1259-1274.


Daníelsdóttir, AK, Marteinsdóttir, G., Árnason, F. and Guðjónsson S. 1997. Genetic structure of wild and reared Atlantic salmon ( Salmo salar L.) populations in Iceland. ICES Journal of Marine Science 54(6):986-997. Article


Daníelsdóttir, AK, Halldórsson, SD, Guðlaugsdóttir, S. and Árnason, A. 1995. Genetic variation in Northeastern Atlantic minke whales ( Balaenoptera acutorostrata). pp. 105-118. In: Developments in Marine Biology 4. Whales, seals, fish and man, eds. Blix, AS, Walløe, L. and Ulltang, Ø. Elsevier, Amsterdam.


Daníelsdóttir, AK, Sigurjónsson, J., Mitchell, E. and Árnason, A. 1993. Report on a pilot study of genetic variation in skin samples of North Atlantic fin whales ( Balaenoptera physalus). 43: 527 (Abstract).


Árnason, A., Daníelsdóttir, AK, Spilliaert, R., Jónsdóttir, S., Sigurdsson, JH, Pálsdóttir, Á., Duke, EJ, Joyce, P., Groves, V. and Trowsdale, J. 1992. Review of protein and DNA marker studies in relation to stock identity of North Atlantic fin whales ( Balaenoptera physalus). Rep. int. Whal. Commn. 42: 701-705.

Daníelsdóttir, AK, Duke, EJ and Árnason, A. 1992. Genetic variation at enzyme loci in North Atlantic minke whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata)Biochem. Genet. 30(3/4):189-202.


Daníelsdóttir, AK, Duke, EJ and Árnason, A. 1991. Mitochondrial DNA analysis of North Atlantic fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) and comparison with three species of whales: sei (B. borealis), minke ( B. acutorostrata) and pilot whales ( Globicephala melas). Abstract in Hereditas 115:83-84.

Daníelsdóttir, AK, Duke, EJ, Joyce, P. and Árnason, A. 1991. Preliminary studies on the genetic variation at enzyme loci in fin whales ( Balaenoptera physalus) and sei whales ( Balaenoptera borealis) from the North Atlantic. Rep. int. Whal. Commn. (Special issue 13): 115-124.