Polar bear microbiota in a changing world

Posted on 20 August 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Sophie Watson As one of the most ice-dependent Arctic marine mammals, polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are an iconic species of climate change. The media is peppered with evidence of the damaging effects of climate change on this sentinel species, often citing habitat loss, shifts in prey availability/abundance, and transitions in inter-species interactions. We know
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Introducing IASC

Posted on 19 July 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Allen Pope. The Arctic is a huge natural laboratory offering a surprising diversity of research possibilities in every branch of science. The International Arctic Science Committee’s (IASC) mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research, and all areas of the Arctic region. For
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Recent Developments in Arctic Maritime Constabulary Forces: Canadian and Norwegian Perspectives

Posted on 13 June 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Timothy Choi Within ongoing discussions on the state of Arctic geopolitics and prospects for continued interstate cooperation, a prominent variable has been the changes in Arctic states’ respective military power. Foremost amongst this has been the observation that all five Arctic coastal states have been procuring maritime forces dedicated to operations in Arctic waters,
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Marine Mammals in the Military

Posted on 5 June 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Charlotte Gehrke In April 2019, a beluga whale wearing a harness with a label reading ‘Equipment St. Petersberg’ was repeatedly spotted in Norwegian waters. This headline appeared only a few weeks after almost 100 beluga whales and orcas captured and held by a Russian fishery were released back into the wild. The whale, who has since
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Women in the Arctic and Antarctic

Posted on 8 February 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Danita Burke. My name is Danita Catherine Burke and I am an international politics and Arctic politics scholar with over 12 years of experience doing Polar research. I am from Newfoundland, Canada and I current live in Denmark. I have an undergraduate (honours) degree in Political Science with a minor in Business and a
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Ny-Ålesund and the ascent of science on Svalbard

Posted on 1 February 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Eric Paglia. Svalbard is currently undergoing a significant socio-economic transition, with coalmining—once the primary economic activity and raison d’être for all Svalbard settlements—in rapid decline. Mining proved unprofitable for much of the coal era, while blackening Norway’s claims of enlightened stewardship of the Svalbard environment and damaging its international image as a country of
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