Oriol Grau; blogging from Toolik, Alaska

I am a MSCA researcher of the research group ‘Plants and Ecosystems’ (PLECO) at the University of Antwerpen, Belgium. I focus on the impacts of permafrost thaw on the biogeochemistry of arctic peatlands, and my research is done within the framework of the FROSTLAND project. Permafrost peatlands in the Arctic typically develop as patterned-ground systems, […]

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Trees and shrubs at the northern treeline

by Agata Buchwal, Ylva Sjöberg, Pawel Matulewski Air temperature observations show that the Barents region is currently the most rapidly warming region on the globe. For better understanding how the climate has varied in this region longer back in time and beyond the record of direct observations, we measure the growth rings of trees and […]

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Studying stress and genomics in Svanhovd

Greetings from Northern Norway! My name is Sara Lommi and I come from Finland from the University of Jyväskylä where I work as a project researcher in the Stress Genomics group. I have been visiting the beautiful Svanhovd Research Station of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) for two nights to collect malt flies […]

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Tales from the NIBIO Svanhovd station in Norway (Part 5)

Freshwater pearl mussels – the historians of the river The SALMUS project (Salmonid Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel – Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in the Green Belt of Fennoscandia) is a monitoring project of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) and their host species, the brown trout and Atlantic salmon in different streams of […]

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Tales from the NIBIO Svanhovd Station (Part 4)

Fishes in the Pasvik river – a life between power stations One project at the station is about fish monitoring in the Pasvik river. The Pasvik river is the border to Russia and has a comparatively high biodiversity and contains 15 different species of fish; many bird species are living in the wet areas and […]

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Tales from the NIBIO Svanhovd station in Norway (Part 3)

Soil sampling – when bacteria act sensitive One windy afternoon, I joined a NIBIO Svanhovd researcher to go to the fjell (the Norwegian term for mountain). We drove as far as possible and could experience a Norwegian cart track but of course we needed to leave the car behind and headed towards the hill (or […]

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Tales from the NIBIO Svanhovd station in Norway (Part 2)

Root sampling – hidden interactions in the underground Imagine being told that a sunny day with a light wind (good against mosquitos!) occurs for only about ten days per year in this region. And imagine working in the field on one of those days! In the beginning of August, I joined two NIBIO scientists on […]

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Tales from the Oulanka Research Station

Greetings from the Oulanka Research Station in North-East Finland! The ’corona season’ of 2020 has been extremely busy and successful at Oulanka research station. Like everybody else, we have suffered from canceled bookings and rescheduled field courses. Despite that, we have been able to conduct our field and laboratory based research as normal. Actually, we […]

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