About INTERACT bloggers

Here we introduce the blogging researchers that will be making postings from their field trips to stations offering Transnational Access in INTERACT:

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JONAS LEMBRECHTS; blogging from Abisko in Sweden

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A research team from the University of Antwerp collaborates in an international context to enravel the patterns of alien plant invasions in mountains. In the current project, they collaborate with partners from Sweden and South-America to focus on invasions in the harsh climatic circumstances of subarctic and subantarctic mountains. Are the alien plants able to survive here? Will they become invasive? Which factors promote or limit their occurrence in the mountains?

This summer brings the group to two field campaigns at the Abisko Research Station in Sweden, in late spring and early autumn. The group will set up a field experiment high in the Swedish mountains and monitor the performance of the plants after the harsh winter.

Involved in the project: Jonas Lembrechts, PhD-student from the University of Antwerp and the main blogger (see picture). Ann Milbau from the Abisko Research Station, responsible for the whole project and co-promotor of the PhD. Several students helping on the fieldwork adventure.

Follow Jonas and his team at the Plant Invasions in the Subarctic Mountains blog.

More stories, pictures and information on all the adventures in this PhD-project can be found on www.lembrechtsjonas.wordpress.com.

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TEA AMMUNÉT and HELENA BYLUND; blogging from Kevo, Kilpisjärvi and Bioforsk Svanhovd

The CAPISCO-project (Competition, Adaptation and Parsitoids of Invasive Species in northern COmmunities) consists of Post-doc Tea Ammunét and researcher Helena Bylund from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. We both have been studying the population ecology and dynamics of geometrid moths in northern Fennoscandia, where the common moth species have caused vast defoliations of mountain birch forests every ten-or-so years. We are highly interested in how the moths interact with each other, with other trophic levels and are affected by climate change.

We will collect preliminary data on spatial characteristics of invasive and resident moth populations regarding adaptation to temperature and parasitism. The data collection will be done in the vicinity of Kilpisjärvi, Kevo, Bioforsk Svanhovd and Abisko research stations at sites representing climatic variation from coastal to continental areas and with varying time frames of the establishment of a new moth species. The locations of the research stations and the long tradition of geometrid research gives us an unique opportunity to combine newly occurring events with well established knowledge.

Read Tea’s and Helena’s blog Capisco? – Searching answers to large scale dynamics in insect populations.

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FRANCIS BREARLEY; blogging from Kevo and Oulanka

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My project entitled ‘Uptake of insect-derived nitrogen by Pinguicula vulgaris assessed using δ15N stable isotopes – PING15’ aims to determine the proportion of nitrogen obtained from insects by butterworts, carnivorous plants that are common in the arctic. I will sample plants, soil and insects from two Finnish sites, analyse them for the ratio of heavy (15N) to light (14N) nitrogen and use simple mathematical equations to assess how much nitrogen these plants are obtaining from their prey. This will provide some insight into the advantages to plants of being carnivorous rather than ‘vegetarian’. With increasing global nitrogen pollution, it will also be interesting to assess this in a relatively pristine site to provide ‘baseline’ data for potential changes in the future.

I am much better known for my work on tropical ecology and am excited to travel to a contrasting environment and use some of the scientific techniques I employ in the rainforest in the tundra.

Follow Francis on his blog: What can nitrogen isotopes tell us about the diet of butterworts (Pinguicula vulgaris)?

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ADAM BOOTH; blogging from Finse in Norway

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Dr Adam Booth (above, left) is a Research and Teaching Associate at Imperial College London (UK). In his research, he applies the geophysical methods of seismology and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in near-surface survey settings, addressing problems in archaeological, engineering and glaciological projects. In collaboration with Dr Benedict Reinardy (above, centre) from the University of Bergen (Norway), a specialist in glacial sedimentology, Adam will be conducting GPR measurements in April 2014 around the lower reaches of the glacier Midtdalsbreen, an outlet of the Hardangerjøkulen ice-cap. The field campaign is motivated by a hypothesis about the basal conditions of Midtdalsbreen: landform evidence in the glacier foreland lead Benedict to suggest that ice is frozen to its bed, and GPR methods will be used to investigate this theory. Joining Adam and Benedict is Dr Anna Hughes (above, right), also from University of Bergen. Anna is also an expert on palaeoglaciology and geochronology, and this will be her first experience of a geophysical field survey!

Follow Adam and his collaborator’s field work at GIMMIC – GPR Investigation of Midtdalsbreen Marginal Ice Conditions 

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KATHRYN ADAMSON and TIMOTHY LANE; blogging from Zackenberg in Greenland

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Dr Kathryn Adamson is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on Quaternary geomorphology, specifically glacial meltwater and sediment dynamics. Tim Lane is a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratoire de Géographie Physique, Paris, France. His research investigates the timing of changes in the Greenland ice sheet and Greenlandic ice caps. While at Zackenberg in East Greenland they will study changes in the behaviour of outlet glaciers and meltwater streams from a series of ice caps. They will look at the key controls on ice cap dynamics using a combination of geomorphology, sedimentology, and dating methods.

Follow Katryn’s and Tim’s blog SEDIGAP – Investigating sediment and meltwater dynamics in an area of Arctic permafrost to learn more!

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Mariette Suyker; blogging from KEVO in Finland

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This summer we will go with a team of 4 students and 2 professors to Finnish Lapland. We are going to set up a new research on woody expansion in boreal systems. Let me first introduce you to the professors. Juul Limpens (above, left) focuses on interactions between soil, water, plants, and the atmosphere to understand how environmental changes may affect plant community structure and ecosystem processes such as carbon accumulation and nutrient cycling (https://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-J-Juul-Limpens.htm). Milena Holmgren (above, middle) focuses on the understanding of plant community diversity, structure and dynamics and how these affect ecosystem functioning (https://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-M-Milena-Holmgren-Urba.htm). Both are currently working on the effects of climate variability on vegetation changes, studying the ecological conditions that trigger tree and shrub regeneration and expansion.
Further, the team consists of 4 master students: Roel Postma (above, right), Ana Margarida Pereira (bottom, left), Johan Meijer (bottom, middle) and Mariette Suyker (bottom, right). All students study Forest and Nature conservation at the Wageningen University. The field work will be conducted near the Kevo Subarctic Research Institute. We will characterize tree recruitment in microsites that differ in shrub canopy, permafrost condition and grazing levels. In addition, we will set-up field experiments.

Follow the team’s field work from their blog Woody expansion in boreal systems

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JENNI VESAKOSKI & PETTERI ALHO; blogging from Kluane Lake in Canada

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Hey! I am a first year PhD candidate at University of Turku, Finland. I graduated last September with Masters in Geography. The objective of my PhD thesis is to increase the understanding of flow changes in the Arctic rivers and the impact of the observed changes on the river system dynamics covering the last 30 years. I do this by applying and developing satellite-based change detection methods, statistical time series analyses and flow simulationmethods. Petteri Alho (above right), my travelling companion, in my principal supervisor. Petteri is adjunct professor and academy research fellow at the Department of Geography and Geology, University of Turku. Petter leads the Fluvial Research Group in which I do my PhD (www.utu.fi/fluvial).

I’ll be writing our blog about our stay in the Kluane Lake Research Station next autumn. I will also write about our field work that will be conducted in Mackenzie and Yukon areas during the same stay.

Follow Jenni’s adventures from the blog Changing flow characteristics and their impacts of river system dynamics in the Arctic.

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CATHERINE DOCHERTY; blogging from Zackenberg in Greenland

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Catherine Docherty is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham and with thanks to funding from INTERACT Transnational Access, she will be undertaking her 2nd field season in the beautiful Zackenberg valley, northeast Greenland, in summer 2014.
The NUFABAR project aims to understand the effect of climate change on freshwater biodiversity in Greenlandic streams. This will be done by looking at the link between water source contributions, physico-chemical habitat and invertebrate communities.
Catherine has an ecological background, having obtained a BSc in Ecology from the University of Sheffield, UK, and a Masters in Conservation Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. These led to her current PhD studies with Alexander Milner and David Hannah at the University of Birmingham. She will be joined for the first week of field work by Alexander Milner.

Join Catherine’s adventures in her blog NUFABAR -Nutrient Fluxes and Biotic communities in Arctic Rivers!

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PAUL GAFFNEY; Blogging from Mukhrino Field Station in Russia

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We are a team of scientists from the Environmental Research Institute (www.eri.ac.uk) in the far north of Scotland and part of the Univeristy of the Highlands and Islands (www.uhi.ac.uk). Our project is entitled: How climate change may affect the composition of Dissolved And Volatile Organic Carbon Compounds generated by Arctic Peatlands (DAVOCCAP). We are interested in the effect of climate change on carbon storage and chemistry in northern peatlands. We plan to visit a series of sites, using latitude and prevailing temperature as a proxy for climate. We will be studying the composition of dissolved and volatile organic carbon compounds, which are two key components of the carbon cycle.

Our team are:Dr Roxane Andersen, a peatland ecologist who has worked extensively on peatland restoration. Dr Mark Taggart, an environmental biogeochemist, with a background in soil science and environmental analytical chemistry. Paul Gaffney, a PhD student investigating aquatic carbon, BVOCs and water quality in relation to restoration of afforested peatlands in the Flow Country of Northern Scotland.

We are going to visit Mukhrino and related Numto Park field stations with INTERACT this coming August, where we will spend roughly three weeks making our field measurements.

Follow Paul and his team’s visit to Mukhrino from blog DAVOCCAP -Dissolved and volatile organic carbon compounds generated by arctic peatlands

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SANDA IEPURE, TADEUSZ NAMIOTKO, F. JAVIER LILLO; blogging from Tarfala in Sweden

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Dr. Sanda Iepure is a Researcher in the Water Department, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (Spain), specialized on taxonomy and ecology of Ostracoda and Cyclopoida, Copepoda. Her research interest focuses on groundwater ecology and limnology, cave biology and Quaternary paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental reconstructions using non-marine ostracods. Currently, she is working on groundwater ecohydrology in Mediterranean and Arctic environments, with emphasize on hyporheic biota from glacially influenced river systems.

Dr. Tadeusz Namiotko is Professor at the University of Gdansk, specialized in taxonomy and ecology of living and subfossil (Quaternary) freshwater Ostracoda, with broader research interest in (palaeo-)limnology, biodiversity, stygobiology and evolutionary ecology. His current research concerns studies on a) the morphology, diversification and phylogeny of stygobitic and stygophilic Ostracoda, b) subfossil ostracods from sediments of postglacial and ancient lakes as well as the Baltic Sea as proxies for palaeo-environmental reconstruction, c) evolutionary ecology and taxonomy of ostracods from temporary waters, and d) taxonomy and biogeography of boreal/arctic and tropical non-marine ostracods.

Dr. F. Javier Lillo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Geology, University of Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). His research focused on environmental geochemistry, soil pollution, hydrogeochemistry and water quality. Nowadays, he is especially interested in the changes of the critical zone taking place in new exposed areas generated by glacier retreat. To find out more about Dr. Lillo’s academic and research activities: http://www.escet.urjc.es/~jlillo/

Follow the team’s adventures at Life Beneath the Streams in the Arctic blog.

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SIMON ZWIEBACK; blogging from Samoylov in Russia

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Simon Zwieback is a PhD student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Together with Annett Bartsch (LMU Munich, Germany; University of Salzburg, Austria) and Birgit Heim (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany) he will be conduncting in-situ measurements in the Lena Delta. These observations will help the researchers to assess and improve existing remote sensing methods (mainly radar and optical) of periglacial processes. Amongst the multitude of such processes, the focus will be on two kinds: those affecting the rims of thermokarst lakes, and those related to land subsidence associated with permafrost thaw.

Follow Simon’s blog at Ground measurements for remote sensing of periglacial processes

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JORIEN VONK and PAUL MANN; blogging from Abisko in Sweden

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The MAGIC project (Microbial And Geochemical Insights into Lake Torneträsks sediment archive) was initiated by Jorien Vonk (Utrecht University) and Paul Mann (Northumbria University) in collaboration with Carl-Magnus Mörth (Stockholm University) and Hendrik Vogel (University of Bern, Switzerland).

We are interested in Lake Torneträsk because (1) it is the largest mountain lake in Scandinavia, (2) is situated in an area that is showing a significant warming trend since 2000, and (3) there are signs that the lake has received an increased flux of degraded terrestrial organic matter since ~1975, potentially from increasing permafrost thaw. We will travel to Abisko in early October for about a week to collect sediment samples along the southern shores of the lake that receive the largest river inflow.
Back home in the Netherlands and in the UK we will analyze the samples using geochemical and microbial techniques to learn more about how aquatic ecosystems may respond to altered fluxes of terrestrial organic matter across the Arctic. More specifically, we hope to gain further insight into how climate warming will change the quality of organic matter, and how this affects microbial communities. These changes can influence carbon turnover and storage in sediments.

It might be a bit chilly in October but because both Jorien and Paul are doing fieldwork in Siberia during summer (Jorien on an icebreaker, Paul in the Kolyma River region) we can unfortunately not visit Abisko earlier. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to our visit!

Learn more about the Torneträsk mysteries from Jorien and Paul’s blog!

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HANNELE SAVELA and KIRSI LATOLA; blogging from Transnational Access coordination in Oulu, Finland

Hannele Savela (left) is the coordinator of INTERACT Transnational Access work package, which has its office at Thule Institute at University of Oulu in northern Finland. She holds a PhD in physiological zoology, and has specialized on the nutritional and reproductive physiology of reindeer. Research coordinator Kirsi Latola (right), the Transnational Access workpackage leader, has a PhD in plant ecology with a specialty in plant ecophysiology. She manages several international projects and networks, with the main emphasis on UArctic.

In the blog “Behind the scenes”, Hannele and Kirsi share their experiences on managing Transnational Access, which is one of the major activities in INTERACT with close to 10 000 person-days of access provided at 20 research stations located around the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation.

Read the blog Behind the scenes -Transnational Access from the viewpoint of WP4 coordination to learn what’s going on at the moment!

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BLOGGERS FROM THE PREVIOUS FIELD SEASONS

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ERIKA HOGAN, EMMA PEARSON, SUZANNE McGOWAN, and MARK STEVENSON; blogging from Arctic Station in Greenland

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Dr Suzanne McGowan is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK and has worked for more than 10 years in Greenland.  Suzanne’s research combines paleolimnology with aquatic ecology and has specific expertise in the analysis of chlorophyll and carotenoid pigments.  Dr Erika Hogan is a post-doctoral Research Associate at Loughbrough University, UK and has worked previously on projects in Greenland, assessing the ecological impacts of nitrogen deposition in lakes in Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut. Dr Emma Pearson is a Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University, UK and specialises in using lipid biomarkers to reconstruct Quaternary and Holocene environmental change and has experience working in Antarctic environments.  Mark Stevenson is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham and will use the analysis of lipids and pigments from sediment cores from western Greenland lakes to reconstruct Holocene climate change, focusing on methods to assess the sources of aquatic and terrestrial carbon.  We will all visit Arctic Station, Disko Island from 16th to 23rd April 2013.

Read more about the team’s adventures from their blog LAC-VEG Arctic lake carbon processing and terrestrial vegetation transitions.

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BRICE REA, KEVIN EDWARDS, ED SCHOFIELD, AND MATTEO SPAGNOLO; blogging from FINI on the Faroe Islands

The team is from Geography & Environment, University of Aberdeen, UK and comprises Prof. Kevin Edwards (palaeoecology), Dr. Brice Rea (glaciology), Dr Ed Schofield (palaeoecology) and Dr Matteo Spagnolo (glaciology) and we will be working from FINI Station on the Faroe Islands. The project will combine palaeoglaciological reconstructions and palaeoecological proxies to determine the palaeoclimate of the Faroe Island during the late glacial period. The research will focus on two areas: 1) mapping and characterising moraine systems which will be used to determine palaeo-glacier geometries, dynamics and mass balance. Sampling will be undertaken to determine chronologies for the moraine system/s using for cosmogenic, luminescence and 14C dating; 2) identify long palaeoenvironmental records from peat bog deposits and sample these for subsequent palaeoecological analyses and chronological control using 14C. Results from both components will be used to determine the palaeoclimate of the Faroes for the late glacial. Importantly,reconstruction of the palaeo-precipitation will indicate the location of the Polar Front in relation to the Faroe Islands.

Follow the team’s work from their blog FaroeICE – Palaeoclimate of the  Faroe Islands using palaeoglaciological and palaeoecological proxies.

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RICHARD HILL; blogging from Abisko in Sweden

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I am a first year PhD student at Aberystwyth University studying the microbial ecology of sub-Arctic heath. My fieldwork will be based in the stunning landscape that surrounds the Abisko National Park, taking advantage of the 20 year field experiment set up by Dylan Gwynn-Jones, now of Aberystwyth, and colleagues from Sheffield University, in 1994.

I graduated from Bangor University in 2011 with a Masters in Environmental Science, supervised by Prof. Tom DeLuca, where I first developed my interest in soil science, leading me to undertake a research project with Arwyn Edwards at Aberystwyth. Arwyn has a keen interest in cryosphere microbiology and together we will explore the direct and indirect effects of future elevated CO2 scenarios on the structure and function of the Arctic soil microbial community in this region.

With contribution from INTERACT Transnational Access I shall be travelling to Abisko throughout the spring and summer field season in 2013, sampling the plots and enjoying the scenery of this picturesque landscape, and hopefully find time in between to keep you updated on my blog!

Follow Richard’s field work from his blog Forecasting climate change effects in 2050 – a microbial perspective!

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GARY BILOTTA; blogging from Kevo in Finland and Litla-Skard in Iceland

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Dr Gary Bilotta is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Brighton (UK). His research focuses on four main themes associated with the management of the quality of water resources and biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems: (1) Quantifying the fluxes of particulate matter (sediments) from terrestrial to riverine environments, (2) Modelling the environmental, climatic, and land-use controls on these fluxes, (3) Advancing understanding of the particle characteristics that determine the effects of these fluxes on water resources and freshwater ecosystems, (4) Developing evidence-based water quality guidelines and advanced monitoring approaches for international water resource legislation.

To find out more about Gary’s research: http://brighton.academia.edu/GaryBilotta. Follow Gary’s field work from the ECOFORS- Environmental and Climatic Controls on Fluxes of Riverine Sediments blog.

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CHARLOTTE AXTELL; blogging from Tarfala

Charlotte Axtell is PhD student at Swansea University, UK studying glacio-geophysics.  Her undergraduate was at the University of Leeds, where she graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Geophysics (MGeophys). It was from this degree that made Charlotte interested in the practical side of geophysics. Thanks to funding from the INTERACT project, she will be undertaking her first field season to collect data for my PhD.

Based at Tarfala Research Station in Swedish Lapland, Charlotte will be working in the lower region of Storglaciären; a glacier flowing east from the Kebnekaise massif. She will be studying the micro scale properties of ice, in an area 1km from the snout of Storglaciären, using complementary borehole geophysical techniques.

Follow Charlotte’s blog Geophysics on Ice to learn more what’s going on with her field work!

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KATHRYN ADAMSON and TIMOTHY LANE; blogging from Arctic Station

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Dr Kathryn Adamson is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Queen Mary, University of London.  Her research focuses on Quaternary geomorphology, specifically glacial meltwater and sediment dynamics.  Timothy Lane has recently completed a PhD at Durham University, studying the geometry and behaviour of ice streams in West Greenland. While at Arctic Station in West Greenland they will study permafrost changes on the foreland of a land-terminating glacier.  Using ground penetrating radar they will analyse the evolution of the permafrost through an annual melt cycle, and investigate the impact that this has on downstream sediment transfer.

Follow Katryn’s and Tim’s blog SEDIGAP – Investigating sediment and meltwater dynamics in an area of Arctic permafrost to learn more!

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Liane G Benning, Stefanie Lutz and Benjamin J Wilcock; blogging from Tarfala in Sweden

This summer a team of three people from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds will travel to Tarfala to conduct in situ bio/geochemical measurements and to collect a series of snow and ice samples from the glaciers around the Tarfala research station.  The main aim of our field work is to determine how microbial life is distributed on thes snow and ice fields around Tarfala and to determine how microbes survive and adapt to harsh, cold environments. We will evaluate how the snow and ice algae and bacteria affect carbon cycling on glaciers and aim to link microbial community structure with several other geochemical parameters like light availability and nutrient cycling. We will also address the inter- and co-dependencies between the various cold-loving organisms found on snow and ice on a glacier (cryophiles).

Our team has members who complement each other in experience, knowledge and skills. Prof Liane G Benning has is an experimental biogeochemist who’s research spans geochemistry, mineralogy and microbiology, Stefanie Lutz is specialized in microbiology, geoecology and Geobiology. The final member of the team Benjamin J Wilcock comes from a zoology and biology background, with past work on psychrophiles and Mars cryogenic environmental analysis. Follow the team’s work at Leeds Cryophiles blog.

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CONCUR project; blogging from Kilpisjärvi Station in Finland

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Meet the Team! The international CONCUR team will perform a complex field experiment under the ice of polar Lake Kilpisjarvi. The aim is to reveal how the solar radiation penetrating the ice cover drives circulation and mixing in the coldest lake of Western Europe, Kilpisjärvi. Kilpisjärvi is a lake in northwest Finland.

The team of researchers (pictured right to left) consists of Larry Kost (Canada*), Will Rizk (Germany*), Elisa Lindgren (Finland), Georgiy Kirillin (Germany*), Christof Engelhardt (Germany*), Alex Forrest (Australia), Jeff Williams (New Zealand), Kelly Graves (Canada*), and Matti Leppäranta (Finland, not pictured). * user group receiving TA support. Follow the team’s work from the Exploring under-ice in a polar lake – the Kilpisjärvi edition blog.

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Siber-Niche team; blogging from Mukhrino Field Station in the Russian Federation

Five researchers from the UK’s Floodplain Meadows Partnership, based at the Open University, are trying to understand how hydrology affects vegetation patterns in the natural meadow systems along the River Ob in Siberia. The team, led by Prof David Gowing, has worked on a related question in UK, where the meadows are heavily managed, for over 10 years.  Dr Irina Tatarenko, a botanist originally from Russia, has coordinated the Siberian trip.  A fellow grassland botanist, Hilary Wallace, will assist her in recording vegetation along the Ob.  Dr Mike Dodd will lead the topographic surveying and Prof Gowing, assisted by Emily Dresner, will install hydrological monitoring equipment. They look forward to collaborating with fellow researchers at the Mukhrino Field Station near Khanty-Mansiysk.

Follow Siber-Niche team’s adventure from their blog Hydrology and diversity in Siberian Meadows.

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HRIS ANDREWS; blogging from Cairngorms in Scotland, UK

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Chris Andrews is an Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology based in Edinburgh, UK.  He is the site manager for the Environmental Change Network (www.ecn.ac.uk) monitoring station in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland, and also manages the same site within the INTERACT community.  His research focus is on the effects of environmental change on upland ecosystems, with particular interests in phenology and ground beetles within upland habitats.

Read more what’s going on from Chris’s blog Cairngorm Gossip -A season of research in the Cairngorms National Park.

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YULIA ZAIKA; blogging from Khibiny in Russian Federation

Yulia was born in the Arctic, in the Murmansk region of NW Russia and her life is closely connected to all things Arctic. She is a Research Assistant at Khibiny educational and scientific station of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. Her research focuses on observations of climate data, snow cover and avalanches as natural hazardous processes in highly industrialized Russian Arctic regions. Khibiny station is one of the INTERACT infrastructures.

Follow Yulia’s blog Khibiny Times to lean more about this fascinating station and current Arctic issues!

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KARIN EBERT; blogging from KEVO, KILPISJÄRVI and KOLARI

Karin Ebert studied Geography in Bamberg/Germany and Stockholm/Sweden. She holds a PhD in Physical Geography from Stockholm university and is employed at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology at Stockholm university.

Karin is a geomorphologist and especially interested in the development of northern, glaciated shield landscapes. The GEONORTHS project aims to investigate the impact and quantity of Quaternary glacial erosion on the shield landscape in northernmost Finland. Karin and her colleagues work with a combination of GIS-analyses and fieldwork. Aim of this fieldwork is to map new areas that were identified as promising on the digital elevation model (DEM).

Karin has been on fieldwork in northern Fennoscandia (Sweden, Finland and Norway) almost every year since 2004. She is thrilled that INTERACT gives her the possibility to explore for her unknown areas on the shield and looks very much forward to get back to the vastness of the northern plains.

Read Karin’s blog GEONORTHS -studying glacial erosion on northern Shields.

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TOM PARKER; blogging from the Abisko Scientific Research Station

I am in the second year of my PhD at the Universities of Stirling and Sheffield and using funding from the INTERACT Transnational Access I am working in Swedish Lapland for 7 weeks over June & July at Abisko Scientific Research Station. I return to Abisko a bit older and wiser but digging around the forest-tundra ecotone trying to work out how much carbon there is in the ground and which ecological factors are affecting it

I graduated from Sheffield University with a BSc in Biology and went on to obtain an MRes  in Ecology at York University. My interest in arctic and subarctic systems has led me onto a PhD with Phil Wookey and Jens-Arne Subke at the Universities of Sheffield and Stirling.

I’ll be writing my blog with a well earned beer in hand after great days in the field!

Follow Tom’s field work from his blog Tales from the tree line -A first year PhD student .

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TEA AMMUNÉT and HELENA BYLUND; blogging from Kevo, Kilpisjärvi and Bioforsk Svanhovd

The CAPISCO-project (Competition, Adaptation and Parsitoids of Invasive Species in northern COmmunities) consists of Post-doc Tea Ammunét and researcher Helena Bylund from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. We both have been studying the population ecology and dynamics of geometrid moths in northern Fennoscandia, where the common moth species have caused vast defoliations of mountain birch forests every ten-or-so years. We are highly interested in how the moths interact with each other, with other trophic levels and are affected by climate change.

We will collect preliminary data on spatial characteristics of invasive and resident moth populations regarding adaptation to temperature and parasitism. The data collection will be done in the vicinity of Kilpisjärvi, Kevo, Bioforsk Svanhovd and Abisko research stations at sites representing climatic variation from coastal to continental areas and with varying time frames of the establishment of a new moth species. The locations of the research stations and the long tradition of geometrid research gives us an unique opportunity to combine newly occurring events with well established knowledge.

Read Tea’s and Helena’s blog Capisco? – Searching answers to large scale dynamics in insect populations.

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STEPHEN CAVERS, WITOLD WACHOWIAK AND ANNIKA TELFORD;  blogging from Mukhrino Field Station in Russian Federation

A team of three scientists from CEH Edinburgh – Stephen Cavers, Witold Wachowiak and Annika Telford – is travelling from Edinburgh to the Shapsha and Mukhrino field stations near Khanty-Mansiysk in central Russia.

We are collecting Scots pine to look at their fine-scale genetic structure in Siberian populations, and also as part of a larger project in order to study how genes control phenotypes in different environments. By combining this new data with populations from Western Europe we hope to look for genomic regions and gene networks involved in intraspecific adaptation to the environment. This new collection will provide valuable information about how Scots pine forests in Siberia compare to those in the west.

Read the blog Scots pine genetics – from Scotland to Russia to learn more about the team’s adventures!

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DANIEL ORENSTEIN; blogging from Cairngorms

Daniel Orenstein is senior lecturer in Architecture and Town Planning at the Techion – Israel Institute of Technology.  He researches ecosystem service assessment and in particular non-economic social assessments using interviews and surveys to understand how people use and appreciate their environment.  After initiating a social
ecosystem service assessment in Israel’s southern Dead Sea Basin (with graduate
student Roy Zaidenberg and Dr. Gil Ben-Natan), he thought it would be interesting to compare the results of such assessments in the Cairngorms National Park, and applied for an INERACT Transnational Access to assess ecosystem services in extreme environments – from the hyper-arid to the sub-arctic.  When he’s not doing this, Daniel studies urban sprawl, population growth and other 21st century environmental challenges, and works with the Israel long-term ecological research (LTER) network to develop methodologies for ecosystem service assessment and initiating Israel’s first long-term socio-ecological research platforms.

Read Daniel’s blog Eco-SEE – ecosystem services social assessment in extreme environments to learn more about his field work at Cairngorms!

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SVEN FUCHS; blogging from Khibiny

Sven Fuchs studied Geography and Geology at the Universities of Munich (Germany) and Innsbruck (Austria). He graduated in 2000 and was subsequently working on the dynamics of snow avalanche risk at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos. He holds a PhD from the University of Innsbruck and a Habilitation for Geography. Currently Sven is affiliated with the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. His research interests include geomorphology, hazard and risk assessment, and resource economics with a focus on European mountain regions, arctic environments, Central Africa and South-East Asia.

Read Sven’s blog ARCTIC RISK – spatiotemporal development of snow avalanche risk to learn more about the project’s field work.

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KATRINE RAUNDRUP; blogging from GINR in Nuuk, Greenland

Katrine Raundrup is employed as a researcher at Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (www.natur.gl) and she is co-station manager of GINR in INTERACT. Amonth others she works with interactions between vegetation and herbivores (caribou, muskox, sheep), parasitic infections (muscox and caribou), and monitors effects of climate change in Kobbefjord, West-Greenland (www.nuuk-basic.dk).

Read Katrine’s blog Greetings from Nuuk to learn more about GINR and the station manager’s work.

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