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New publication in Science Advances on ocean eukaryotic biodiversity

Read in the latest edition of Science Advances about Tristan Cordier’s work on ocean eukaryotic biodiversity. Together with his international collaborators, he analysed almost 1700 samples and assembled two billion DNA sequences from the surface ocean, the meso/bathypelagic zone and the sea floor. They were able to separate benthic from planktonic organisms and showed that benthic biodiversity is much greater than in the water column above. Tristan is currently a… Read More »New publication in Science Advances on ocean eukaryotic biodiversity

Bjerknes Centre podcast on ancient DNA and sea ice

Our team member Danielle Grant talks about ancient DNA under the Arctic sea ice in this Bjerknes Centre podcast. Danielle, a PhD student in the AGENSI project, investigates fossil DNA in ocean sediments to understanding past variability of sea ice in the Arctic. Listen to her experience with recovering sediments from RV Kronprins Haakon, working in a super clean lab during a pandemic, and her PhD research. The Bjerknes Centre… Read More »Bjerknes Centre podcast on ancient DNA and sea ice

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Travel in covid-19 times

So, there you are as a first time cruise leader. On a plane, descending into Longyearbyen while overlooking the fjords and snowy mountains. Praying for the second time in one day. After several weeks of intense preparation, we left Bergen on 28 June and travelled to Svalbard. In covid-19 times, the trip is challenging. This time it meant getting up very early, to be on time for getting our noses… Read More »Travel in covid-19 times

Packing for an Arctic expedition in summer

In less than a month from now, the AGENSI team will be back in the Arctic. The plan is to collect new sediment and water samples from the Arctic Ocean. We will be onboard R/V Kronprins Haakon between 30 June and 11 July. Last week, we were packing our equipment. We filled 19 boxes with equipment, safety gear, warm suits to wear on deck, pumps to filter water, a multi-… Read More »Packing for an Arctic expedition in summer

Arctic cruise impressions

While we are preparing for an Arctic cruise in summer, these videos give you an impression of our expedition last winter. Then we experienced 24h of Arctic darkness and a substantial amount of sea ice. Videos made by PhD student Danielle Grant.

Expedition in Arctic winter – a good idea?

In Arctic winter 2020, AGENSI researchers went on an expedition with research vessel Kronprins Haakon to the sea ice covered East Greenland Sea. This is what happened. Anticipation Finally! After working with different aspects of sea ice reconstructions for several years, I was going to see sea ice for the first time from up close. In fact very up close, in one of the most remote regions in the Northern… Read More »Expedition in Arctic winter – a good idea?

Participating in the EGU 2020

Imagine this. You have completed your lab work. You analysed your data and made some quick-and-dirty graphs. You put the graphs and some guiding text into a Powerpoint presentation. You practiced your talk a few times. And you are fully ready, albeit slightly nervous, to get on stage at the EGU. What questions will you get this time? Not to worry, you have prepared a few answers. Then, you realise…… Read More »Participating in the EGU 2020

Sediment cores arrive in Bergen

Late October 2019, a cruise with RV Kronprins Haakon led by J. Knies from the Centre of Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate went out to the Fram Strait to collect sediment cores. Dag Inge Blindheim and PhD students Kristine Steinsland and Danielle Grant from the AGENSI team joined this cruise. And they collected sediment material to study during the AGENSI project. Danielle and Kristine blogged about their first experience with coring… Read More »Sediment cores arrive in Bergen

Sampling in the Arctic

Kristine Steinsland and Danielle Grant are currently onboard the icebreaker RV Kronprins Haakon in the cold Arctic. They have joined a cruise led by J. Knies from the Centre of Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (University of Tromsø). The cruise will collect data on methane release from the ocean floor and take sediment cores, up to 25 meters long. As a result, this will open a window on the climate… Read More »Sampling in the Arctic