Arctic Biology

Jun
06

The Green Arctic – Plants as cornerstones in terrestrial ecosystems

6 June 2017

Much of Svalbard is an arctic desert, but this land has also green spots. The plants are crucially important for the successful functioning of the entire land-based system. Without them, there would be no reindeer, no ptarmigan, no geese. In our research, we focus on these green “cornerstones” and factors that could alter their resilience and function.

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May
19

Cruising in Svalbard: A student perspective

19 May 2017

For the second time in a mere two months, UNIS students were able to join a FAABulous and IMOS research cruise across Isfjorden and towards Van Mijenfjorden on the coast guard vessel KV Svalbard. Read their account here.

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May
05

Zooplankton migration patterns in the Polar night

5 May 2017

Why do zooplankton migrate up and down the water column during Arctic dark season when there is apparently constant darkness? PhD candidate Julie Cornelius Grenvald has examined the Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) of zooplankton during the polar night and reveals several and complex migration patterns. Grenvald will defend her thesis on 9 May at the University of Tromsø.

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Apr
27

FAABulous fieldwork in Van Mijenfjorden

27 April 2017

The FAABulous project is having a two-week sea ice campaign in Van Mijenfjorden. The aim of the project is to get a better understanding of how Arctic algae blooms will respond to the severe environmental changes.

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Apr
22

March for Science Longyearbyen: A big success!

22 April 2017

Today Longyearbyen marched for science. About 110 people gathered to march for science, not silence.

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Mar
19

Research cruise with the coast guard ship KV Svalbard

19 March 2017

This week, the marine biologists of the FAABulous project (Future Arctic Algae Blooms – and their role in the context of climate change) have been on a research cruise with the coast guard ship KV Svalbard to Van Mijenfjorden.

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Jan
31

Will there be ice on the Svalbard fjords this winter?

31 January 2017

Last winter we had record-low amount of fjord ice here in Svalbard and the following autumn was unusually warm. But these last few months have been relatively cold. Can we anticipate ice on the fjords this winter? The answer is yes – and no.

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Jan
23

Summer/autumn courses open for application

23 January 2017

Apply now for our summer semester courses (and autumn semester courses in Arctic Geophysics)! Application deadline is 15 February 2017.

 

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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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