Small change in the environment, big impact on Arctic animal and human communities

by Marianna Pinzone Within the framework of my PhD I went onboard of the Research Vessel Helmer Hansen in the Greenland Sea (Eastern coast of Greenland), in collaboration with the Arctic University of Tromsø (Norway). The objective was to research seals distribution during breeding season. In order to look for seals three people use binocular … Continue reading Small change in the environment, big impact on Arctic animal and human communities

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My First Northern Lights

by Lotte De Maeyer Going sampling in winter brings along more difficult logistics and harder working conditions. It’s completely dark most of the day and your sampling material has the tendency to freeze. Nonetheless it’s not all that bad. Being in the dark 24 hours a day gives you the opportunity to see the amazing … Continue reading My First Northern Lights

Rain on Snow Events in Longyearbyen

by Dina Brode-Roger Today, December 19, it’s raining in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. And it shouldn’t be - not when we are in the middle of the polar night and at 78°N. My research is on the impacts of climate change on the community here and these types of rain on snow events are becoming more and … Continue reading Rain on Snow Events in Longyearbyen

Funny Fact: How I ended up in the ice

by Valentina Savaglia My first time in Antarctica date back to 2016. At that time, I was performing experiments for my Master Thesis with macroalgae from the field, and I was lucky enough to be sent to the Antarctic Peninsula for that. My supervisor was in Europe, therefore we were keeping in touch through WhatsApp messages. … Continue reading Funny Fact: How I ended up in the ice

Learning how not to be distracted

by Yi Ming Gan I have recently came across the concept of “deep work” as explained by Cal Newport in his book “Deep Work”. He suggested the formula: high-quality work produced = time spent * intensity of focus. As a data scientist, I spend most of my time at work in front of my computer... … Continue reading Learning how not to be distracted