What is Finnmark?
Arctic and sub-arctic terrestrial ecosystems are fascinating. Compared to ecosystem at lower altitudes they are relative simple in their structure; for instance, the number of species are few. Yet they are highly dynamic with vast changes over the seasons within a year and with strong multi-annual fluctuations in productivity and species interactions. For people living in these northern areas the natural resources contained in arctic and sub-arctic ecosystems are important sources for subsistence and recreation. In a broader perspective, there are many unique species and ecological phenomena in the arctic and sub-arctic regions that require special attention in terms and management and conservation.
What is “Ecosystem Finnmark” and it main objectives?“Ecosystem Finnmark” is an umbrella for research projects at the Department of Biology,
What are typical research projects in “Ecosystem Finnmark”?The research within “Ecosystem Finnmark” is often motivated by applied problems such the ecological effects of environmental change, optimal use and harvesting of natural resources and conservation of vulnerable species. However, because of our ecosystem approach the research project involves much basic research, for instance, to devise new research methods and to general improve on the basic knowledge about how food webs work.