Research on biodiversity
The Norwegian Polar Institute research on biological diversity aims to obtain data which can form a basis for wise management of the polar regions and enhance our general knowledge about the flora and fauna of the Arctic and Antarctic. Our scientists are engaged on projects concerning arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Svalbard ptarmigan, polar bears and a wide variety of seals, whales and seabirds in Arctic and Antarctic waters. At present, many of the research projects have to do with the potential consequences of climate change.
Latest articles on biodiversity
Stark warning from scientists that climate change already has severe impacts on marine mammals at Svalbard
The Green Arctic – Plants as cornerstones in terrestrial ecosystems
Master thesis project on arctic ecotoxicology – Pollutant effects in walruses
The Norwegian Polar Institute and UiT The Arctic University of Norway are looking for a student to a master thesis project that will examine contaminant related health effects in walruses from Svalbard. Walrus samples will be analyzed for pollutants, hormone levels and immunological responses. In addition they will be analyzed for mRNA expression of genes related to hormone disruption and immune suppression.
Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far
The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted.