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will open in January 2022.
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preliminary programme

Practical Information will be announced later
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What to do in the meantime?

Well, you can listen to a small series of virtual Arctic Fox seminars starting October 28, 2021

Welcome to the first virtual seminar event that we are arranging while we are waiting for the big happening in Longyearbyen, Svalbard 26-29 August 2022, where we hope that as many as possible will finally be able to meet at the 6th International Conference in Arctic Fox Biology.

We start the virtual seminar Thursday 28 October 2021 (3:00 pm Norway time) with Dominique Berteaux, Jeanne Clermont and Frédéric Dulude-de Broin that for one hour will take us to their field site where they work with arctic foxes at Bylot Island, Canada

Bylot Island lies at 73 N, just north of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It is part of Sirmilik National Park of Canada and home to the Inuit. About 110 fox dens are monitored over a 600-km2 area. The island is an important breeding site for birds, including snow geese. Some fox dens are located within the goose colony and others far away, while lemmings show 3-4 year cycles, which offers nice contrasts across space and time to study arctic fox ecology.

Dominique Berteaux will start with a 15 minutes presentation titled: Bylot Island: A long-term study site for Arctic foxes, + 5 minutes for questions.

Dominique is a Professor at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). He is a mammalian ecologist who started to study arctic foxes in 2002. He is interested in the behavioural and population ecology of foxes, and in the functioning of the tundra ecosystem. His other interests include the effects of climate change on Quebec and Arctic biodiversity, and more recently the ecology of Arctic hares in the polar desert of Ellesmere Island.

Jeanne Clermont will then give a 10 minutes presentation titled: Arctic fox movements and foraging behaviours in a community driven by predator-prey interactions, + 5 minutes for questions.

Jeanne is a PhD candidate at UQAR studying arctic fox movements, foraging behaviours and their effects on local biodiversity. Using GPS data, behavioural observations and field experiments, she demonstrated how fine scale variation in fox space use influences predation risk, anti-predator behaviour and distribution of prey. Secondly, she used accelerometry data to identify fox prey caching events, a key step to better understand the foraging behaviours of this active hunting predator.

Frédéric Dulude-de Broin will end the event by giving a 10 minutes presentation titled: Influence of fox predation on prey distribution in the arctic tundra: approaching ecosystemic data with new modelling approaches, + 5 minutes for questions

Frédéric is a PhD candidate at Laval University studying the interplay between the physical environment and arctic fox predation and its effect on prey distribution in the Arctic. Using new movement modeling approaches and agent-based simulations, he will investigate the influence of snow melt patterns and predation risk in shaping biodiversity over Bylot landscapes.

After the presentations there will be open for any questions related to the 6th International Conference in Arctic Fox Biology in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 2022.

Welcome!!

Map showing Bylot Island in the Canadian Arctic.

Introduction / Venue

The 6th International Conference in Arctic Fox Biology

The international conference in arctic fox biology is the most important meeting point for arctic fox researchers, conservation managers, policy makers, tour operators, students and any other people interested in arctic foxes and its arctic habitats and ecosystems. It has for a long time been a tradition that end-users of environmental research, i.e. various stakeholders and management authorities participate at these conferences.

Since 1991, circumpolar arctic fox biologists have established a network which has previously arranged five international conferences in arctic fox biology. The conferences took place in Sweden in 1991 and 2009, in the UK in 2001, in Iceland in 2013 and in Canada in 2017. The now upcoming conference will for the first time be arranged by Norway, through the Norwegian Polar Institute, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

The 6th international conference in arctic fox biology will be held at the Svalbard Research Park, University Studies in Svalbard (UNIS)/Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), https://www.unis.no/

Longyearbyen, Svalbard August 26-29, 2022.

Registration

For all of you who have already signed up for the conference that was scheduled to be held in 2021, which now has been postponed to 2022 because of COVID-19, have to register again.

There will be an opening for registration in January 2022.

Those of you who have previously paid the registration fee for the conference in 2020, will get refunded. If this applies to you, you will receive a separate e-mail with more information about this shortly.

We will get back to you with information about the abstracts later.

Preliminary programme

Conference content in short

Climate warming is rapidly increasing in the Arctic as well as the tourism activity. In order to start a discussion about climate change, increased tourism, vulnerable Arctic species and ecosystems, and how to build on knowledge to develop sustainable tourism, we start the conference with a panel discussion for arctic fox researchers, stakeholders, the management and stakeholders and guides of the local tourism industry at the first conference day (26. August 2022). The “Conference Icebreaker happening” will be held the same evening. The second and third day (27.-28. August 2022) are for presentations held by the arctic fox researchers and poster sessions. For the fourth day (29. August 2022) we will have a field trip by boat in the Isfjorden area for the conference participants.

Preliminary programme

The following schedule is tentative, and may be changed prior to the conference:

Friday August 26, 2022

08:00-09:00: Registration at the reception at Svalbard Research Park/UNIS
09:00-12:00: Workshop/panel discussion
12:00-12:30: Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)
12:30-17:00: Workshop/panel discussion
18:45 Bus to “Icebreaker” and dinner at Camp Barentz in Adventdalen
23:00 Bus back to Longyearbyen and hotels

Saturday August 27, 2022.

07:30-0900 Continued registration and poster set-up (Svalbard Research Park/UNIS)
09:00-09:30 Welcome word (MØYSALEN, Svalbard Research Park)
09:30-12:00 Research talks (Session 1)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)
13:00-16:45 Research talks (Session 2)
17:00 Poster session
19:00-22:00 Dinner

Sunday August 28, 2022.

08:30-11:45 Research talks (Session 3)
12:00-13:00 Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)
13:00-16:45 Research talks (Session 4)
17:00 Concluding remarks
19:00 Arctic fox banquet dinner

Monday August 29, 2022.

Field trip by boat (including lunch) in the Isfjorden area for the conference participants.
Dinner at a restaurant.

Practical information

Information about flight schedules and available hotels will be announced later.

Registration

Registration and abstract will open in January 2022.

There will be a differentiated participant fee for the conference that will be announced later.

Contacts

Conference secretariat

Anne Kibsgaard
Senior Executive Officer

Anne.Kibsgaard@npolar.no
+47 91700365
contact regarding registration and practical information


Eva Fuglei
Research scientist, biology

Eva.Fuglei@npolar.no
+47 915 70 729
contact regarding abstracts and scientific programme


Chloé Nater
Postdoctoral Fellow (NTNU)

chloe.r.nater@npolar.no
+47 913 58 598

Sponsors

Research council of Norway
Norwegian ministry of the environment
Norwegian Environment Agency
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund
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Artica logo

Partners

The University Centre in Svalbard
Norwegian institute for nature research
UIT the arctic university of Norway
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