Assmy is an expert in phytoplankton ecology, taxonomy and sampling. Research scientists Dr. Cecilie von Quillfeldt is an algal taxonomist experienced in diatom morphology and impact factors influencing the abundance, distribution and biodiversity as well as interactions within the ecosystem. The NPI is Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar environmental management. Assmy will contribute with samples and von Quillfeldt to the flora and with expert advices.