From 13-16 August 2018 about 25 terrestrial scientists gathered in Ny-Ålesund for the Terrestrial Flagship Meeting, funded by the Svalbard Science Forum. The aim of the workshop was to increase cooperation in measurements, data use, publications, study sites and experimental manipulations amongst terrestrial scientists studying tundra or lakes in the Ny-Ålesund/Kongsfjord area.
It was a very fruitful meeting, with many interesting conversations and possible new collaborations... and hopefully resulting in a review paper from the terrestrial science happening in what is probably the most intensely studied area in the Arctic!
In July 17-27 Dr. Kevin Newsham and I visited the Arctic Station on Disko Island on Western Greenland, where we studied plant root colonisation by fungi. We studied the effect of habitat wetness (swampy conditions or on top of hummocks) and the effect of winter snow conditions on the amount of fungi present in the roots. We will soon conduct additional labwork on nutrient transfer by fungi into the plant roots.
Below some pictures of the field- and lab-work. Hopefully more results to show soon!
Hi! I am Elise Biersma, an evolutionary biologist studying polar plants and microbes.