Erla Brekkustovu
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Erla Olsen is the Dean and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education. She started teaching Biology for teachers in 2011 and was made Assistant Professor in 2013 and later Associate Professor (2017). From 2017-18 she was Programme Leader for Teacher education and became Dean in 2018.

Research interests

Educational research: Teaching and learning with regard to subjects of natural science. The methods are mostly surveys, focus groups as well as individual interviews and statistical analyses. PISA and national tests as indicators for the Faroese educational system in a wider context, combined with surveys on students’ well-being, attitude to school and ITC usage.

Biological research: The ecology of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and the impact on the symbionts of factors such as temperature, grazing, precipitation, light, etc.


  • Biology for teachers
  • Academic methodology and writing
  • Fungal ecology
  • Nutrients and biogeochemical cycles
  • Below-ground ecology
  • Symbioses


Most recent biological publication:  Navigating overgrazing and cultural values through narratives and participatory mapping: a socio-cultural analysis of sheep grazing in the Faroe Islands. Verbrugge, L. N. H., Bjarnason, G., Fagerholm, N., Magnussen, E., Mortensen, L. E., Olsen, E., Plieningera, T., Raymond, C. M. & Olafsson, A. S., 10 May 2022In: Ecosystems and People. 181p. 289-302 14 p.

Most recent educational publicationThe lack of ITC didactics through the COVID-19 restrictions. Olsen, E.May 2022.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Temperature responses of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, University of York

Award Date: 3 Mar 2008

External positions

Faroe Islands National Museum


Faroese Food and Veterinary Authority


Faroe Islands National Museum



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