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A new pan-arctic study indicates that Calanus copepods do not necessarily descend deep for diapause in winter; instead, parts of the population remain active. Moreover, the deeper distribution of the larger and more conspicuous Calanus hyperboreus indicates that predation pressure is a key trigger for diapause at depth. In the central Arctic Ocean where visual predation pressure is lower, copepods might be relieved from the incentive to descend and can remain closer to the surface in winter.
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For the final class of my Masters, I applied to Arctic Marine Molecular Ecology at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). UNIS offers classes for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in biology, geology, geophysics and technology. Once accepted, I booked tickets to the land of polar bears, northern lights, and the nautical polar night for an exciting five week educational adventure.
Gunnar Austrheim et al. (Atle Mysterud) in Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research
The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the high Arctic Ocean is a truly remarkable place. We travelled to Longyearbyen in October 2013 and April 2014 to get samples of volcanic ash layers.
James D. M. Speed, Gunnar Austrheim, Alison J. Hester and Atle Mysterud in Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research