After a nearly two-year break in the “Blogs from the Field”, we are finally able to start a new season of Arctic Research Blogs! This summer, we are delighted to present you with several new blogs from various places in Greenland, Svalbard and Canada.
Before the research travel to the field and the make their first posts, it’s time to first introduce you with our bloggers of the season! In this third post of the series we’ll introduce you with Huw Griffits and his team members, blogging from Canadian High Arctic Research Station.
Huw (on the left) is a marine biogeographer with an interest in the Polar Regions. He has worked for the British Antarctic Survey since June 2000 and participated in several expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic investigating benthic biodiversity and biogeography. His interests include large-scale biogeographic and ecological patterns in space and time with a focus on molluscs, bryozoans, pycnogonids, echinoderms and sponges as model groups to investigate trends at high latitudes.
Cath (right, on the top) is a Polar ecologist with a focus on intertidal and nearshore habitats. Her previous work on community structure and development has been mainly on or around the Antarctic Peninsula and islands. She is currently working on the impacts of plastic pollution (especially microplastics) on Polar nearshore systems and the spread of non-native species by rafting on anthropogenic and natural flotsam.
Stephen (right, below) is a Quaternary Geologist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on reconstructing past environmental change from terrestrial records (principally, lake sediment and peat deposits). In 17 years at BAS, he has developed novel (bio)geochemical proxies that help to reconstruct past changes in wind, temperature, glacial history, changes in sea level, and place the impact of current and future climate change and modern pollution into a longer term, geological context.
Follow the team in their fieldwork from Biodiversity and Plastics in Arctic Intertidal and Nearshore Terrestrial Systems.