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Dag Endresen graduated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) as Civil Engineer (Master of Technology) in 1996 with a specialization in bio-chemistry and molecular genetics.

After the military service and one year working for IBM, Dag started in 1999 to work with documentation of plant genetic resources at the Nordic Gene Bank (NGB) and took over as head of the documentation department at the institute in 2002. During these years Dag coordinated the reorganization of the genebank information system at the genebank institute as an online database system. NGB joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) as member organization in March 2004. Based on the successful contribution with establishing new internet-based data sharing in the European Genebank Documentation Group, Dag made the opportunity in 2005/2006 to work on secondment for the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) based in Rome. IPGRI is a partner of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and was in 2007 reorganized as Bioversity International. NGB was in 2008 reorganized as the Nordic Genetic Resources Center (NordGen).

During 2007-2011 Dag completed his PhD research project – organized in close collaboration between Copenhagen University, the Nordic Genetic Resources Center (NordGen) and Bioversity International (CGIAR). The PhD thesis was a contribution to the development of the Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy (FIGS), utilizing predictive data modeling and agro-ecological principles to identify useful genetic diversity.

From 2011 to 2012 Dag was the Knowledge System Engineer at the GBIF secretariat in Copenhagen, before joining the Norwegian GBIF Node as the Node Manager in October 2012. The Norwegian GBIF Node is hosted by the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo (NHM-UiO). Dag is also an active member of the Geo-Ecology (GEco) research group at NHM-UiO.

Dag Endresen, PhD

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