About our work
The characterization of Arctic microbial diversity in sea ice and sediment began as an international collaborative effort to inventory marine biodiversity in the Arctic. The efforts of ArcOD and the Census of Marine Life led to multiple discoveries of new species completely unknown to science and helped arctic ecologists understand the life histories of many marine organisms. This work advances the efforts of ArcOD by characterizing the diversity and functionality of microbes in high latitude seas. Our research has taken us to the northern most point of the United States, Svalbard, the Bering Sea and Russia. We hope this website will serve as a guide to the environments we observe, the organisms we find, and the friends who have helped us along the way.
Our current research is targeting a profound gap in the current scientific knowledge by focusing on marine fungi, specifically, the potential impacts of parasitic fungi on pelagic and sea ice primary producers. This gap in knowledge is pressing, not only because of the rapid rate of change in the Arctic, but also because of lacking baseline information in regard to this organism group.
The material presented on this web page is based upon previous support by the United States National Science Foundation, award 1303901: The diversity, seasonality and function of parasitic fungi in Arctic sea ice); the Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic (MESAS) IGERT, award 0801720; the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This work is currently supported by the Norwegian Arctic SIZE project.