On the eve of the New Year the leading scientist of the Arctic biomonitoring laboratory, Yngvar Thomassen shared his impressions from the first year of work in the NarFU
On the eve of the New Year, the leading scientist of the Arctic Biomonitoring Laboratory, Ingvar Thomassen, shared his impressions of the first year of work in the NArFU in the framework of the mega-project "Development of methodology for monitoring, assessment, prediction and prevention of risks associated with the high level toxic polluting substances transfer via biological pathways. These substances can accumulate in the food chain and spread in Arctic ecosystems."
- I must note that a great deal has been accomplished over the past year. Despite the fact that funding for the project was received only in the spring, we were able to expand the laboratory's infrastructure base and prepare premises for scientific work, to purchase almost all necessary equipment and supplies.
Huge work hav been carried out in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug in the framework of cooperation with state authorities and local self-government. During the expeditions, samples of birds and fish have been taken. Relations have been established with the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area and the Chukotka Autonomous Area, where is planned the work for next year.
At the moment, we are working out the methods of analytical work with samples.
Very important, in my opinion, is the successful involvement of the young in the research work and bringing their PhD and MSc dissertations to the international level. During the lecture sessions with students, I drew attention to their great interest in improving the effectiveness of the chemical safety of the population of the Arctic zone.
In general, the project is very interesting. We managed to assemble a team of professionals, with the help of which it is possible to achieve the set goals.
Ingvar Thomassen wished the happy New Year and Christmas to the employs and students of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov.
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