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Restored streams take 25 years or longer to recover

2015-06-30
New research has found that the number of plant species growing just next to restored streams can take up to 25 years to increase above those channelized during the timber floating era. This is according to doctoral student, Eliza Maher Hasselquist, and other researchers from Umeå University and the...

Environmental sciences student receives Global Swede Award

2015-05-12
Alexis Nielsen, master’s degree student in geoecology at Umeå University, received the 2015 Global Swede Award at a diploma ceremony in Stockholm on 12 May. The special recognition is a joint initiative between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute to honour international studen...

Historical land use important factor for carbon cycling in northern lakes

2015-05-12
The historical past is important when we seek to understand environmental conditions as they are today and predict how these might change in the future. This is according to researchers from Umeå University, whose analyses of lake-sediment records show how lake-water carbon concentrations have varie...

Umeå University highly rated by the Swedish Research Council

2015-05-05
The initiative for creating strategic research areas at Umeå University has been remarkably successful. That is shown in the evaluation presented by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) about the research initiative that has been carried out between 2010 and 2014.

Umeå University rises in international subjects ranking

2015-04-29
More subjects than last year are top-ranked at Umeå University when QS World University Rankings lists the world’s best universities by subject 2015. Six of Umeå University’s subjects made it to the list.

Where are the hotspots of plant diversity along boreal streams?

2015-03-19
The patterns of plant species diversity along Swedish boreal streams are closely linked to flow of surface and sub-surface water. The linkages between vegetation and hydrology are tight, and according to Lenka Kuglerová they are threatened by poorly designed forest management. She defends her thesi...

Neither more food nor better food – still fish biomass increases

2015-03-11
To increase the biomass of fish, contemporary ecological theory predicts that either the amount of food or the quality of the food has to increase. In a recent experiment, researchers at Umeå University doubled the fish biomass under identical food supply and food quality by only controlling how muc...

Climate change influences the distribution of organic pollutants in the Baltic Sea

2015-02-18
Regional climate change models predict an increased freshwater runoff into the Baltic Sea. This will result in increased inflow of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon. According to Matyas Ripszam, Umeå University, this change will have high impact on the organic pollutants on the organic pollutants...

Climate change can cause loss of important ice dynamics in streams

2015-02-16
In her thesis, Lovisa Lind shows that ice and winter floods are important natural disturbances for maintaining species-rich riparian zones along northern watercourses. If the climate becomes warmer this disturbance might be lost. This could potentially lead to a less diverse riparian zone. She defen...

VA: Swedish children to help climate scientists by burying teabags

2015-02-09
Is it possible to read the future in tea leaves? This is what scientists at Umeå University are hoping to find out and they are now looking for school classes across Sweden to participate in a mass experiment that will help to inform climate change research. The so-called ‘Teabag Experiment’ is part...

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