Øystein Varpe named Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar
4 May 2015
UNIS associate professor Øystein Varpe was recently named a Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar together with 16 other researchers from the Arctic countries. This initiative aims to create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues.
Seventeen researchers from Arctic Council nations, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden will engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research over the next 18 months as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Arctic Initiative.
The diverse group of scholars will explore public-policy research questions and offer innovative solutions through a variety of disciplines ranging from geology and biology to law, sociology, global health, and art.
The scholars’ research will focus broadly on the impact of climate change on the Arctic, particularly on the issues of water, energy, health, and infrastructure. Scholars will engage governments, NGOs, businesses, and Arctic communities through group seminars, online engagements, and collaborative research.
Øystein Varpe is an associate professor in the UNIS Arctic Biology department. He runs the Seasonal Ecology Group where he, together with students and postdocs, focuses on how the strong seasonality of the Arctic shapes ecological processes.
His Fulbright Arctic Initiative project is called “The seasonal ecology of Arctic marine ecosystems: fundamentals, multidisciplinary approaches, and relevance to society (Helios)” and during the project time he will spend three months at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, USA.