Field Notes on Climate Change Podcast

The podcast from the front lines of Arctic Research

This is a pioneering climate change podcast from the front lines of Arctic climate research. Each episode, we'll join a different team of scientists out in the field as they conduct their field research. From carbon emissions released by changing soil types as the permafrost thaws to the changes in the species’ range and distribution of alpine plants adjusting as warmer winters and longer growing seasons change their environment, this podcast explores how their cutting-edge research helps us to understand climate change better.

Each episode of the podcast can be streamed below, on iTunes, Stitcher, Acast, YouTube or on PodBean.


[Episode 2] Bumblebees in the Arctic; How Might Climate Change Impact Our Specialised Pollinators?

Armed with insect nets and measuring pots to catch and record different Arctic bumblebees, join Ryan and Lottie from Imperial College London, as they investigate the plant-pollinator relationships that characterise the lives of our arctic bumblebee species.

By understanding how the different bumblebees interact with the different flowering plants at different heights on the mountain and through the seasons, we can predict whether these bees might be impacted by climate change; if the plants flower at different times to ‘usual’ with warmer summers, the timings of bees seasonal emergence may not properly coincide.

[Episode 1] Chasing the tree line: 100 years of Watching alpine plant phenology change with a changing climate

Join a team observing plant development along a transect that stretches from the top to the bottom of Mount Nuolja. 

Swedish Botanist, Thore Fries, collected data 100 years ago in the same spot, so we can compare today to the landscape a century ago. This helps us understand the impact of climate change on specialised arctic plant species.


Get in touch

If you’ve got any feedback or questions about the podcast or the research featured in any of the episodes, or you’d like to get in touch with the researchers involved, please do send Emma Brisdion an email using the form below.

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