INTERACT TA Ambassadors are scientists who have conducted research at INTERACT stations with the support from Transnational Access. TA Ambassadors share knowledge –based on their practical experience- about the Transnational Access at scientific meetings and congresses and among their institutions and networks.

The Transnational Access Ambassadors are introduced below. You are welcome to approach our TA Ambassadors in meetings and congresses to learn more about INTERACT, and opportunities related to Transnational Access for your research!

TA Ambassadors 2019

Dr Lisa Bröder is a biogeochemist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her main research interests focus on the fate of organic matter released from thawing permafrostPermafrost is frozen ground that remains at or below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) for two or more years. It forms in regions where the mean annual temperature is... More. Frozen soils in the ArcticDefinitions of the Arctic vary according to environmental, geographical, political, cultural and scientific perspectives. Some scientists define the Arctic as areas having a high latitude, long winters, short, cool summers,... More store large amounts of organic matter, which upon thaw can decompose – thereby generating greenhouse gases that fuel further global warmingThe enhanced greenhouse effect due to human activity and the resulting widely accepted rising average temperature near the surface of the Earth since the late 19th century (and its projected... More. When released to the aquatic environment, the organic matter can alternatively get buried in river, lake or ocean sediments. The fate of this mobilized carbon pool thus determines the strength of the permafrost-carbon feedback to climateThe average weather we would expect over a long period of time (seasons, years, decades). Climate varies from place-to-place across the Earth. Climate is determined by long-term (over at least... More, but is currently poorly understood. Dr Lisa Bröder tries to improve our mechanistic understanding of organic matter transport and degradation in aquatic systems, the role played by sediment-organic matter interactions and specifically the vulnerability of permafrost carbon under ongoing climate warming. Her expertise includes isotope and biomarker methods to study carbon fluxes from land to sea. She has joined several expeditions to the Arctic, including a 6-week research cruise to the East Siberian Arctic Ocean on icebreaker ODEN, an expedition to the Canadian Beaufort coast and a sampling campaign to the lower Kolyma River in Northeast Siberia. With support from INTERACT Transnational Access, she will visit Zackenberg Research Station in Greenland during August 2019.

Dr Viktor Bruckman holds a Ph.D. in forest sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, where he graduated 2012 with the Dissertation titled: “Carbon in Quercus forest ecosystems – Management and environmental considerations”. He is currently working for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he holds the positions of NMO Secretary of the Austrian IIASA Committee and Administrative Assistant for the Commission of Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies. Since 2017, he holds the position as lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna. Dr. Bruckman is involved in several national and international Projects as principal researcher and research partner. He served as Guest Professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in 2015. He is founding chair of the Task Force “Forest Biomass Network” of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), and he is board member of the division “Energy, Resources and the Environment” of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). His research focuses on carbon in forest ecosystems, biochar, and sustainable forest management, with the majority of international activities in Southeast Asia and borealNorthern, from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind.... More forests. He is author of more than 30 scientific papers, book chapters and reports and editor of “Biochar”, published at Cambridge University Press.

Dr Richard Payne

We are sad that Richard, who was our TA User at several occasions and an active TA Ambassador, was killed earlier this summer while attempting to climb Peak 6477 at one of the India’s highest mountains, Nanda Devi. Richards enthusiasm and devotion to science will be greatly missed, as well as his wonderful contribution to INTERACT TA over the years.

Richard was an environmental scientist based at the University of York (UK). Most of his work concerned peatlands and their response to environmental change with a particular focus on carbon cycling. His  recent projects investigated the response of peatlands to anthropogenicCaused by, or due to, human activities. For example, anthropogenic climate change.Caused by, or due to, human activities. For example, anthropogenic climate change.... More climate changeAccording to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change is change in the climate of the whole Earth or a region of the Earth that is believed... More, air pollution and land-use change, particularly in terms of forestry. He was also interested in the restoration of degraded peatlands. Richard received INTERACT TA to work at Mukhrino and Kajbasovo stations in Russia previously, and this summer he planneds to travel to further stations in Canada to Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik and Kluane Lake Research Stations.

Dr. Outi Meinander, PhD, is a senior research scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI Climate Research Programme, Atmospheric Composition Research Unit, Atmospheric Aerosols Group, Aerosols in snow WG) in Helsinki, Finland. She has her university degrees in environmental sciences and meteorologyThe scientific study of the atmosphere and its phenomena, especially in relation to weather and weather forecasting.... More, from the University of Helsinki. She is interested in the effects of aerosols and impurities on the cryospherePlaces on earth where water is in its solid form, frozen into ice or snow. This includes polar regions but also high altitude areas (high mountains). In a region's winter,... More and Arctic climate change. She has specialized in atmospheric radiation and effects of black carbon and Icelandic dust on snow albedoThe 'whiteness' of a surface. The higher the albedo, the more the surface reflects light. Snow and ice have high albedos; a dark rock would have a lower albedo. Vegetation... More, melt and density. Her research expertise also includes studies on ultraviolet radiation (UV), spectral irradiance and albedo, and libRadtran RT modeling.



TA Ambassadors 2018

Dr Kathryn Adamson is a geomorphologist and sedimentologist working at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. She is interested in the response of glaciers and river systems to climate change, over modern and Quaternary timescales. Her research has focused on recent glacierA glacier is a large, persistent body of land-based ice that forms over many years where the accumulation of snow is greater than its loss (ablation). The ice in a... More change and meltwaterThe water released from melting snow or ice, such as in a glacier. For many people it is their main source of water.... More processes in Iceland and Greenland, and Quaternary glacier and river behaviour in Montenegro, Norway, Greece, and Britain. She has worked at Arctic Station and Zackenberg in Greenland with support from Transnational Access. Next summer, she will continue her studies at the Villum Research Station at Station Nord in Greenland.



Dr Allan Buras is a dendrochronologist specialized on arctic and alpine shrubs that provide a valuable insight into the ecologyThe study of living organisms in their environment, including where they are found and how they interact with their physical environment and with each other, for example through food webs.... More and climatic past of environments in which trees are absent. He currently works with a DAAD-stipend at the Forest Ecology and Forest Management Department in the Wageningen University and Research in Netherlands. His expertise in research includes Climatology, dendrochronologyThe practice of working out the age of wooden structures by studying and counting tree rings. When a tree grows, it puts on new growth under the bark. If the... More, ecology, novel statistical tools, and remote sensing. During the FP-7 funding for INTERACT, Dr Buras visited Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) in Greenland and Finse Alpine Research Station in Norway with support from Transnational Access. In 2017, he conducted research at the M&M Klapa Research Station in Poland with support from TA.






Prof. Dan Cogălniceanu works at the University Ovidius Constanta in Romania. His research is focused on understanding the intraspecific patterns in life history variation of populations living along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients. Local populations at the northern limit of the species’ range are under severe selection pressures to adapt and stay adapted to the harsh environmental conditions they face, either through phenotypic plasticity, genetic adaptationIn ecology, adaptation is the process by which a species acquires certain traits that improve survival in a particular environment.... More, or both. Exploring the mechanisms that allow species to persist in challenging environments is crucial for understanding how they deal with ecological selection pressures especially under the current rapid climate changes. Prof. Cogălniceanu and his team have conducted studies at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Finland and at NIBIO Svanhovd Research Station in Norway with the support from INTERACT Transnational Access.






Dr Emily I. Stevenson. The key to understanding how the Arctic is rapidly changing in response to a warming climate is to study it in situ. The breakdown and dissolution of rocks and sediments from the Arctic is a fundamental process in the carbon cycleDescribes how carbon moves around the environment. It is an example of a biogeochemical cycle. See also carbon flux. In recent years the carbon cycle has been studied intensively in order to... More and in controlling climate stability. In rapidly warming high-latitude polar regions Dr Stevenson looks to investigate the interplay of ice-water-rock breakdown processes (weathering) with global biogeochemical cycles, and quantify the contribution to global weathering fluxes and CO2 drawdown as a result of increased ice and permafrost melt. Dr Stevenson currently holds a post-doctoral research position at the University of Cambridge in UK. She has visited Zackenberg Research Station in Greenland with support from INTERACT Transnational Access.






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