22 May 2020
Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity or World Biodiversity Day. We mark this important day by having a couple of our scientists present the work they do within marine biodiversity in Svalbard, whether in the sea ice on the east coast or in Isfjorden outside Longyearbyen.
24 April 2020
The project CRUISE#SCIENCE developed citizen science methods for research dissemination and active learning on board circumnavigating expedition ships in Svalbard. The results of the project, headed by the Department of Arctic Biology at UNIS, show that this kind of citizen involvement has added value for both UNIS and the cruise operator.
23 February 2020
While we wait for the light, we are still struggling to define how “dark” or “bright” it really is in the polar night. We know that organisms out there are able to respond to light we cannot see, and we know that polar night is not just a continuous darkness. But it is incredibly much more difficult to measure light in the dark than you might think.
21 February 2020
While we wait for the light, not everything goes as we intended. Sometimes the world is simply not as we thought. And sometimes you are lucky and are in the right place at the right time without any plan behind it. This year’s polar night cruise is a good example of this.
19 February 2020
While most of us at this time are waiting for the light to return, there are many animals and algae out there that thrive in the dark. For many of the marine organisms, the moonlight and mareel (morild) are more than enough to meet their primary needs – find a partner (or two) and food!