News from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University, Sweden http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2238&languageId=1&contentId=-1 RSS Feed from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University, Sweden Restoration project nominated for EU prize http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=292453 The restoration project ”Vindel River LIFE”, coordinated by Umeå University, is one of totally 28 EU LIFE-funded projects that has been nominated for the EU-prize ”The Life Award – Best of the Best Nature Projects”. ”It is a great honour for us to have been placed among the best projects in Europe”, says the project leader Johanna Gardeström. ”It is a nice support for our hard work during almost six years.” Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:08:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=292453 2018-06-11T10:08:00Z Nutrient limitation constrains arctic stream responses to climate warming http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=291216 Many current climate studies focus solely on increases in temperature, and in doing so, the ecosystem effects caused by climate change may be misinterpreted. In a new study, Umeå researchers are emphasising that shortage of nitrogen can limit how arctic streams respond to global warming. The results are published in the journal Global Change Biology. Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:08:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=291216 2018-04-05T13:08:00Z More teachers with pedagogical qualification http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=291149 Last week, 14 teachers were appointed qualified teachers and four were appointed excellent teachers in the Umeå University pedagogical qualification model. With this latest addition, the number of qualified and merited teachers has now reached 139, which places Umeå University second in Sweden. Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:31:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=291149 2018-03-28T09:31:00Z Arctic worming? http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=290242 In North America, the spread of European earthworms is a known environmental issue as it has turned out that some of these species are capable of altering entire forest ecosystems. In Sweden, we have so far had a positive approach to earthworms and no policies have been put in place to limit the spread of these worms in Swedish national parks. A new study from Umeå University in North Sweden now shows that the Swedish approach may need revision. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:54:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=290242 2018-02-16T06:54:00Z Traces of historical reindeer grazing can still be observed after 100 years http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=288865 With the holiday season around the corner, most people may first think of reindeer as Santa Claus' trusted helpers. But it turns out that reindeer are not only good at pulling Santa's sleigh; they can also teach us important lessons about the functioning of ecosystems. By studying small meadows in the Swedish mountains, formed by historical traditional reindeer herding practices, Dagmar Egelkraut revealed long-lasting ecological effects induced by reindeer grazing in her doctoral research. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:59:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=288865 2017-12-11T09:59:00Z EcoChange digs deep into disrupted food web http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=288825 Climate change will make the marine food web less efficient, and toxic substances will increase in fish and other organisms. This became clear during the first phase of EcoChange, and now it´s time to dig deeper into these questions. “A large part of our work concerns what the effects of the loss in food web efficiency leads to” says Agneta Andersson, professor in marine ecology at Umeå University and coordinator for EcoChange. Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:42:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=288825 2017-12-08T07:42:00Z Pupils and study supervisors from Vaasa learn about Umeå University's programmes http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=288428 20 potential students and three study supervisors from Swedish speaking upper secondary Schools in Närpes, Vasa Gymnasium and Vasa Övningsskola are currently visiting Umeå University for two days. It is the fourth consecutive year that the study visit is organized. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:51:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=288428 2017-11-23T09:51:00Z Pulitzer Center student fellow visits ecological researchers at Umeå University http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=286109 A fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has brought science journalist Erica Andersen from New Jersey to Umeå University to report on research studying pharmaceuticals in water and their ecological consequences. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:16:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=286109 2017-10-05T08:16:00Z Airborne method of understanding northern lakes and their links to climate change http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=286073 Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are exploring the potential to create a landscape level map of the shapes of lake basins through a laser survey. This is a critical missing piece of the puzzle for understanding the role of lake carbon cycling at large spatial scales. Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:14:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=286073 2017-10-04T12:14:00Z 10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=285507 DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 GMT http://www.emg.umu.se/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=7094&languageId=1&contentId=285507 2017-09-20T09:00:00Z