Managing Director, Akvaforsk Genetics Center, Norway
Dr Morten Rye has been with Akvaforsk Genetics since the company was established in 1999, and has held the position as Scientific Director until being appointed as Managing Director in 2015. During his career in Akvaforsk Genetics Center, he has played a key role developing and establishing the company as a renowned provider of genetic improvement services to aquaculture industries globally. In addition to his management responsibilities, Morten is actively involved in R&D and major project developments. He also serves as a member of the boards of Benchmark Breeding and Genetics (BBG), and Akvaforsk Genetics’s sister company, Spring Genetics, USA. He has been working with genetic research and applied genetic improvement programs for fish and crustaceans since 1986, when he graduated from the Agricultural University of Norway. He completed his PhD in Animal Breeding in 1992, focusing his thesis on the genetic constitution of product quality traits in Atlantic salmon. Before joining Akvaforsk Genetics, Morten worked as research scientist/senior research scientist in quantitative genetics and selection in the Genetics & Breeding Division at the Institute of Aquaculture Research from 1986-1999. During that period he also spent one year as visiting professor at the Michigan State University, USA. He has authored and co-authored more than 60 scientific publications, seven book chapters, and numerous articles in Norwegian and international trade journals.