5 years later, we are getting ready for a re-survey of our longterm observational plots along the roads in the Norwegian mountains. The perfect moment to summarize in a series of posts what we learned from our first trip. Remember my story about how lowland roadsides are flooded with species that do not belong in the natural … Continue reading Aliens and their way to the top
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5 years later, we are getting ready for a re-survey of our longterm observational plots along the roads in the Norwegian mountains. The perfect moment to summarize for a second what we learned from our first trip. Roadsides host more plant species than the natural vegetation. That is the conclusion I drew in my previous post. … Continue reading Road effects
5 years later, we are getting ready for a re-survey of our longterm observational plots along the roads in the Norwegian mountains. The perfect moment to summarize for a second what we learned from our first trip. Mountains are increasingly important islands of pristine nature in our rapidly changing world. They contain some of the most … Continue reading What is hiding in mountain roadsides?
Summer 2012. I was a young masters student, spending my first month of many above the polar circle. I joined a global consortium called MIREN, the Mountain Invasion Research Network, that surveyed plant invasions along roads in mountain regions scattered across the globe. With 3 roads in the north of Norway, close to Narvik, we … Continue reading 5 years later
When the arctic is covered in snow, we turn our scientific interests to the other side of the world: the (sub)antarctic. Our goal is to see if the patterns in the vegetation we observe at one part of the globe - the subarctic world of Lapland - hold true at the completely opposite side as well. With … Continue reading The Anti-Arctic
This post was originally posted on 'On top of the world'. Our most remote plots involve hours of climbing on steep mountain slopes, through dense willow shrubs and over dry rocky areas. But not this time. This time we had to walk for 20 minutes to Abisko's helicopter base and do the full hourlong walk in less … Continue reading Flying a helicopter
If you leave your experiment behind in the Scandinavian mountains, you will have to deal with the wildlife up there.
We learned that lesson the hard way. It turns out that the high north houses a high density of reindeer, a fact we immediately noticed in our plots: labels destroyed, large footprints everywhere, flowers eaten, even some dung piles… The reindeer seemed to be attracted to our research!
The first few days, we only saw their tracks, obvious as they were. It only took us some time to finally see one in real life.
We thought they might have been hiding from us far away in the mountains, on the highest and less-visited peaks, but in the end our first sighting was right next to the chairlift, on the most touristical location in the whole northern mountain range.
The next day, we saw some more disturbers, with impressive antlers and a fierce look.
They were too majestic…
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This July, we planted seeds on 1000 meters in the mountains, well above their current growing limits. Now, at the end of August, we were very curious to see if they managed to germinate. It was an exciting hike to the top, our thoughts switching between 'oh no,everything will be dead!' and 'this gonna be … Continue reading A happy reunion
We are back in Abisko after two months. Right before the start of the rainy autumn weather - it might fall upon us on our last day - we are here to harvest the seedlings of our two-year experiment. We take a week to skim the mountains and bring down the harvest to the research … Continue reading Back to the top
We ended our Scandinavian fieldwork trip with two days at the other sides of the mountains. We had to find back the Norwegian plots of the roadside research of two years ago to install temperature sensors in the soil.This little trip brought us the highlights of the Norwegian summer in a peaceful valley called Sjkomdal, in this season a … Continue reading Fjord and fjäll