Field work for the Svalbard case site has been completed. Extracts from the sampled material were made in the autumn of 2018 and results are being processed in 2019. Performed field work on Svalbard is summarized below.
June 10 – June 22 2018: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
The second field campaign on Svalbard was carried out in June 2018. An extensive sampling program involving runoff water, seawater, sediments, crabs, different species of fish, benthic organisms, and plankton had been planned.
Almost everything was sampled as planned. However, benthic organisms and plankton was hard to sample in high volumes.
April 30 - May 7 2018: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
The first fieldwork on Svalbard was carried out in the beginning of May. Håkon A Langberg (PhD student) went there together with a research group from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Their work is about pollutants in glaucous gulls on Svalbard, and they needed help in the field. In our project, we wanted to analyse liver from glaucous gulls in Adventfjorden, so it worked well to cooperate with them.
Twenty gulls were sampled with the help of a local guide using shotgun from a boat. Gulls were sampled in proximity to the airport. Liver, gonads, plasma, bile, adrenals, kidney, brain, thyroids, stomach, muscle, adipose tissue, and feathers were dissected out. Remaining carcasses are stored frozen. Liver pieces (about 10-15 g) for our project were frozen and brought to Trondheim for storage.
Sampling glaucous gulls (Larus hyperboreus)