ASTI are happy to announce the birth of 6 reindeer calves
ASTI members Lars Folkow, Chiara Ciccone and Shona Wood have recently returned from the east coast of Greenland, referred to the West ice (Vestisen) in Norway. The aim was to conduct multiple research projects in the ice but also run a research-led teaching cruise for UiT BIO-2310 students. ASTI aimed to contribute to the specific ASTI research project Clocks, hypoxia and metabolism.
This Monday (04.04.2022), we proudly transferred our first Svalbard ptarmigans into the newly finished aviary.
In an exciting development today, senior members of the ASTI research group in Tromsø re-discovered the Sun. This resolves a perplexing puzzle that has been dogging Arctic researchers since mid-November: Why isn´t it getting light anymore?
A 4 year independent research fellow position available within ASTI - with further prospects for permanent appointment.
Do Svalbard ptarmigan need a circadian clock in a rather arrhythmic environment such as the High Arctic? During the polar day and polar night, which makes up 2/3 of their seasonal life, they are active around the clock. This suggests a lack of circadian control over behaviour. However, in a recent study from our ACP-research group we showed that the circadian clock is still an integral part of seasonal timekeeping.
We are happy to announce that the new Hibernation research facility is now operational at UiT. The Tromsø forskningsstiftelse (TFS ) award to Dr. Shona Wood and the UiT supported Arctic Seasonal Timekeeping Initiative (ASTI) have made it possible to establish the first hibernation research facility in Norway.
An exciting week for the members of ASTI with two PhD thesis successfully defended.