Arctic Biology

Jan
16

About bamboo, ghost shrimps and a changing Arctic

16 January 2017

Now in the midst of the dark period, it may be appropriate to ask what we really know about life in the north and whether we have enough knowledge to manage resources and waters in a good way. For example, what do we know about bamboo and ghost shrimps on Svalbard?

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Dec
09

Meroplankton in Svalbard waters

9 December 2016

Meroplankton are important in Arctic marine environment, but their dynamics and ecological role in marine coastal ecosystems are poorly understood. Eike Stübner has investigated these benthic invertebrate larvae and her research shed some light on the function of meroplankton in the Arctic. Stübner will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 14 December.

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Nov
21

New UNIS weather station – now in the sea!

21 November 2016

UNIS has recently deployed a new underwater measurement station in Isfjorden. Now everyone can monitor the temperature, currents, tides and biological activity via the internet.

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Oct
14

Opening the “black box” of the Polar night

14 October 2016

Miriam Marquardt has investigated the community composition, seasonality and diversity of marine microbial eukaryotes in Svalbard waters. Marquardt will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on Tuesday 18 October.

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Oct
05

Climate change effects on Arctic species spread across trophic levels

5 October 2016

Extreme events like the mild winter experienced in Longyearbyen last year, with rain, sleet and positive temperatures, may become more frequent in the future Arctic climate, and thereby challenge the inherent resilience of Arctic species and the ecosystems in which they are part of.

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Jul
21

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

21 July 2016

Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published in Global Change Biology.

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Jun
28

Reindeer count in Adventdalen

28 June 2016

The department of Arctic biology at UNIS has for an extended number of years done research and education on the vegetation in Adventdalen and the species eating it  geese as well as reindeer. This year’s total count of reindeer in Adventdalen has just finished.

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Jun
23

Seabird breeding timing at high latitudes

23 June 2016

Imagine an Arctic bird cliff in summer, teeming with fledging chicks and predators waiting below. Now fast-forward to a short time later and picture a quiet breeding cliff dusted in snow. What evolutionary adaptations and constraints shape when birds breed in seasonal environments? And when conditions change, will birds breed at the “right” time?

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Jun
03

Summer and autumn courses with extended application possibility

3 June 2016

Some courses in Arctic biology, geology, geophysics, and technology have an extended application possibility – Apply today!

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