Biologist in focus: Reindeer research in the Arctic tundra
I am Judith Sitters, a biologist and FWO post-doc at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. But the adventure I’ve captured here began two years before I started in Brussels, thousands of kilometers to the north. For two years, I worked as a post-doc in Sweden, at the university of Umeå, a city situated about 600 kilometers to the north of the capital, Stockholm. The winter temperatures here can drop to 20 degrees below zero when the days are only 4 hours long, while in summer, the sun never goes down. As I am a tropical person (I grew up in Zambia and Kenya), I had reservations about this move, but I could not pass up the chance to work with one of the world’s most prominent reindeer researchers.