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Body size of terrestrial tardigrades – chasing the white rabbit (W pogoni za białym królikiem – wielkość ciała lądowych niesporczaków)
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Body size of terrestrial tardigrades – chasing the white rabbit (W pogoni za białym królikiem – wielkość ciała lądowych niesporczaków)

As a key indicator of adaptation of organisms to too hot or too cold climate, body size has been inspiring naturalists for centuries. Organisms size is also important in understanding longevity, their ability to migrate, predator-prey interactions and host-parasite interactions. A classical ecogeographical explanation for latitudinal and temperature variation in body size is a rule … Continue reading

1st International Conference on ‘Processes and Palaeo-environmental changes in the Arctic: from past to present (PalaeoArc)’
Conferences, Symposia

1st International Conference on ‘Processes and Palaeo-environmental changes in the Arctic: from past to present (PalaeoArc)’

The Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is delighted to be hosting the 1st ‚Processes and Palaeo-environmental changes in the Arctic: from past to present’ (PalaeoArc) Conference on May 20th – 24th, 2019. The PalaeoArc is an IASC endorsed network research programme network aiming to further understand past and present environmental changes and processes in the Arctic. It is … Continue reading

Workshop: Effects and Extremes of High Latitude Dust
Conferences, Symposia

Workshop: Effects and Extremes of High Latitude Dust

Where: Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI), Keldnahold, Reykjavík (Iceland) | When: February 13-14, 2019 High latitude dust (HLD), originating from cold high latitudes (≥ 50 °N and ≥ 40 °S) affects the cryosphere, oceans, air quality and safety, and in Europe both the High Arctic and the European mainland. Extreme HLD related events include unexpected, … Continue reading

Thermal „outlier” in the subarctic – animals of geothermally active lava fields (Termalny „outlier” w subarktyce – zwierzęta z aktywnych geotermalnie pól lawowych)
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Thermal „outlier” in the subarctic – animals of geothermally active lava fields (Termalny „outlier” w subarktyce – zwierzęta z aktywnych geotermalnie pól lawowych)

Polar and subpolar regions are far more than vast areas of tundra, majestic glaciers or cold, dark blue seas. They are also warm, sometimes very warm, places. The best example is Iceland aged only a bit more than 20 million years, which makes it one of the youngest places in Europe. What is amazing about … Continue reading

Beautiful beasts – the revision of Arctic tardigrades with a description of a new species from African mountains (Piękne bestie – rewizja arktycznych niesporczaków z opisem nowego gatunku)
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Beautiful beasts – the revision of Arctic tardigrades with a description of a new species from African mountains (Piękne bestie – rewizja arktycznych niesporczaków z opisem nowego gatunku)

Water bears, in Latin Tardigrada, are a group of extraordinary invertebrates known for their ability to enter cryptobiosis – ametabolic state of life. In unfavourable conditions such as too low or too high temperatures, for example, tardigrades enter cryptobiosis and wait for better times. According to reliable literature sources, these small beasts not exceeding 0.5 … Continue reading

Interdisciplinary expedition to the Forni Glacier (Interdyscyplinarna wyprawa na lodowiec Forni)
Expeditions/travel

Interdisciplinary expedition to the Forni Glacier (Interdyscyplinarna wyprawa na lodowiec Forni)

I have heard about the Forni Glacier in the Italian Alps a long time ago. Probably I would have never paid any attention to this particular glacier but I heard about it thanks to an interdisciplinary group of scientists from Italy. It was on Forni where the team discovered that “ice” bacteria may degrade pesticides … Continue reading

PostDoc on Tardigrada sperm evolution in Finland
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PostDoc on Tardigrada sperm evolution in Finland

A two-year position starting in January 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is now open for applications. This project is funded by an Academy of Finland Fellowship to Dr. Sara Calhim. The project uses both experimental and comparative research approaches, and this position will focus on compiling a phylogeny from available genetic sequences and collating a dataset … Continue reading