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 first cohort of Transnational Access Ambassadors is 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!

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 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..., 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... 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.... processes in Iceland and Greenland, and Quaternary glacier and river behaviour in Montenegro, Norway, Greece, and Britain. She has worked at 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,... 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.... 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..., 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...., 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 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... 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... 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 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... 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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