Arctic Biology

Dec
14

Green light for the Nansen Legacy

14 December 2017

The Norwegian Research Council has approved the research application for the Nansen Legacy (Arven etter Nansen). The first research cruise will take place from 19 July 2018 with the new research vessel “Kronprins Haakon”.

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Dec
12

BioCEED Centre of Excellence in Biology Education granted status of excellence for five new years

12 December 2017

After a comprehensive mid-term evaluation, NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) has decided that CEMPE, bioCEED and MatRIC can continue as a Centres of Excellence in Education.

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Sep
28

Two peculiar acquaintances from the Svalbard fjords

28 September 2017

Around the coast of Svalbard we find many exciting animals in the sea. Few are as strange as the two fish you will meet here. Perhaps they are facing an uncertain future?

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Sep
22

Effects of sea ice on Arctic shrub growth: The importance of biotic interactions

22 September 2017

Across the Arctic tundra increased plant productivity has been associated with the accelerating retreat of the Arctic sea ice, due to warmer climate. However, emerging studies document opposite effects, showing a more complex relationship between the shrinking sea ice and terrestrial plant growth.

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Sep
11

Apply for spring courses now

11 September 2017

Application is now open for UNIS spring courses. The application deadline is 15 October 2017.

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Aug
25

The snow crab has arrived!

25 August 2017

Snow crab has been found in Raudfjorden in northern Spitsbergen for the first time. The speed of which it spreads indicates that it soon will be found along the western coast of Svalbard. Does this mean that a new source of income is literally crabbing in to Longyearbyen?

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Jul
21

Linking plant nutrient dynamics and ecosystem processes in a warmer Arctic

21 July 2017

What effect will a warming climate have on plants in Svalbard? What about the increase of pink-footed goose population due to recent climate changes? Will a heated and more grazed Arctic mean more carbon emission or the opposite? UNIS PhD candidate Matteo Petit Bon aims at finding out.

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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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