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Greenland Traverse Travel Log — 1 year later

April 17th, 2015 by eric

Follow along with Eric as he re-lives the adventure of the 2014 Greenland Traverse! Day by day he’ll be posting about skiing 550km from Tasiilaq to Kangerlussauq, to study the microbes inhabiting the snow and ice of Greenland.


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Northwest Glaciologists’ Meeting

October 18th, 2014 by eric

Today I presented an overview [PDF] of the Greenland Ice Microbiome Project at the Northwest Glaciologists’ Meeting in Fairbanks. It was encouraging that they didn’t laugh at me (except where they were supposed to)!

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Two NOAA projects funded!

October 10th, 2014 by eric

We’re very excited to announce that two recent Cryomics Lab proposals have been selected for funding by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We’re also looking for students to work on these projects!


The first project, “Mapping the Uncharted Diversity of Arctic Marine Microbes”, was funded by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Eric Collins (UAF/SFOS), Sarah Hardy (UAF/SFOS), and Rolf Gradinger (Norwegian Institute of Marine Research) are co-investigators on the proposal, which seeks to discover novel genetic diversity among Arctic microbes, the most abundant of the ocean’s organisms. The website for the project can be found here: Uncharted

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The second project, “Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project”, was funded along with several other pilot projects (California Coast, Florida Keys) to demonstrate effective biodiversity monitoring networks in marine areas that are particularly susceptible to global change. The focus area of this study is the Chukchi Sea, a region of intense interest from the perspective of climate change and oil and gas development. The project is led by Katrin Iken (UAF/SFOS) and including 10 other co-investigators from UAF, U. Maryland, NOAA, and USFWS. We are very excited to join the project to initiate time-series investigations of the biodiversity of marine microbes in the Chukchi Sea over the next several years.

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August 27th, 2014 by eric

Hello Seoul!

Make sure to meet Cryomics postdoc Anne-Lise Ducluzeau at poster #109A in Session PS23 – Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme environments.

Also don’t miss Jeff Bowman‘s talk on Friday at 2:30 in CS40: Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme — “Increased rates of horizontal gene transfer in psychrophilic genomes and potential links to the Phanerozoic climate record”.

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