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5 years later

Summer 2012. I was a young masters student, spending my first month of many above the polar circle. I joined a global consortium called MIREN, the Mountain Invasion Research Network, that surveyed plant invasions along roads in mountain regions scattered … Continue reading

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Haiku

Travelling plants take Roads up and down our mountains No legs, yet still fast It does not happen often that scientists dare to take the jump to something as far out of their comfort zone as poetry. Yet we all agree … Continue reading

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Picturesque

Every time we pass this adorable little lighthouse in the Skjomen fjord in the high north of Norway, I have to think of the definition of picturesque (visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting). Every … Continue reading

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From valley to mountain top

“I care about lots of things,” said Slartibartfast, his voice trembling partly with annoyance, but partly also with uncertainty. “Such as?” “Well,” said the old man, “life, the Universe. Everything, really. Fjords.” “Would you die for them?” “Fjords?” blinked Slartibartfast … Continue reading

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The little hut in the forest

When we first went to Norway in the summer of 2012, we had long searches for the perfect camping spot: close to the little village, next to the river, on top of the mountain… We scouted and tried several places, … Continue reading

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A reward for 2012-me

Let’s go back to summer 2012. I am working on my masters thesis in Norway in what was arguably the wettest fieldwork summer till today. Aim of the project was at first to get an idea of the distribution of the … Continue reading

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The mad scientist tea party

Do you know how ecologists have a tea party? They bury their tea in the Arctic and wait a year to give it that perfect soil touch. This is the ideal season to stay inside, close to the Christmas tree, with … Continue reading

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