Permafrost soils store large quantities of frozen carbon which are important for the global climate. As permafrost thaws these soils warm up and release previously frozen carbon, as well as at the same time form new lakes.
We welcome Niki Leblans, post doc working with Ellen Dorrepaal in Abisko.
I am an ecologist and biochemist with a strong interest in northern ecosystems and their responses to climate change. I have been working on geothermally warmed ecosystems in Iceland, unraveling long-term warming effects on the ecosystem C and N cycle and on plant physiology. Now, I will be participating in the winter ecology project in Abisko. We will investigate the role of winter processes in plant and microbial carbon transformations and plant physiology and activity. We will put a special focus on responses to snow cover changes (an important factor of climate change at high latitudes). We plan to measure CO2 and CH4 emissions throughout an entire year to estimate the contribution of winter emissions to the annual carbon balance (and thus climate feedback) of tundra ecosystems. By applying an isotope-labelling technique we will further partition the respired carbon emissions into autotrophic and heterotrophic sources.
WE WELCOME JOSEFINE WALZ, POST DOC, WORKING WITH ELLEN DORREPAAL IN ABISKO
I have a profound interest in landscape evolution and soil processes of the Earth’s cold regions. Previously, I worked on greenhouse gas production from degrading permafrost in Siberia. Most of this research took place in summer. In the current winter ecology project in Abisko, however, we will focus the role of winter processes in plant and microbial carbon transformations. We plan to measure CO2 and CH4 emissions throughout an entire year to estimate the contribution of winter emissions to the annual carbon exchange from tundra ecosystems. By applying an isotope-labelling technique we will further partition the respired carbon into autotrophic and heterotrophic sources. Additionally, ecophysiological parameters will be measured to investigate the temperature and light limitations to plant carbon uptake in winter. Overall, this project will give us a better insight into cold-season emissions and a better constrain of an often neglected climate-feedback.