Since the start of 2016, the new PostDoc Ingrid Wiedmann supports the ARCEx WP 3 on Environmental Risk Management. Ingrid focuses mainly on Arctic pelagic ecosystems and the vertical export of organic carbon and particles, and she will conduct her research in close cooperation with ARCEx PostDoc Nathalie Mortata, who works on benthic communities. In this way, the two marine biologists will contribute to a better understanding of the link between water column and bottom living organisms in the marginal ice zone of fjords and in the Barents Sea. Ingrid’s and Nathalie’s research will provide important base line information for risk assessment analyses in ARCEx and improve the modelling of the Arctic seasonally ice-covered system and allow also developing risk assessments tailored to the future exploration and operational challenges in Arctic areas.
Ingrid conducted both her Master and her PhD degree at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and has thus already a lot of experience in working in the cold north. Within the next months, she will among others prepare and conduct the ARCEx field campaign in May 2016, cooperate with UNIS (Svalbard) and the project FAABULOUS to collect more field data in fjords, give a talk at the Ocean Science conference in New Orleans in February 2016 and start to organize the Gordon Research Seminar in Polar Marine Science in Ventura, California, which will take place in March 2017.