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Research in Melrakkaslétta: The effects of hunting on the behaviour of rock ptarmigan

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Farina out in the field

Since Rif Field Station was founded in 2014, a growing number of scientists visit Raufarhöfn and Melrakkaslétta every year to carry out their research in this sub-Arctic environment. Farina Sooth, a German PhD student, is one of them. She first visited Rif Field Station in 2016 and returned in the spring of 2018 to continue to collect data and work on her dissertation. Farina studies rock ptarmigan, Lagopus muta, which in Icelandic is called rjúpa, and the effects of hunting on the behaviour of the birds. As is the case with other birds hunted by humans, the ptarmigan avoids humans and swiftly flies off when they approach. The rock ptarmigan is hunted in and around Melrakkaslétta.

Here is what Farina herself had to say about her research and stay at Rif Field Station:

“A major part of my PhD project is to look into the effects of hunting on the disturbance susceptibility of rock ptarmigan. As a measure of disturbance susceptibility, I use flushing distance measurements. Because rock ptarmigans are hunted in the area around Raufarhöfn, but not hunted in Skaftafell and recently not hunted around Reykjavík, flushing rock ptarmigan in those areas and comparing the flight initiation distances of the birds will hopefully help answering the question if hunting has a long-term impact on the disturbance susceptibility of the birds.

 

The RIF research centre has not just been a great “base camp” for my data collection, my time there was also really nice from a personal perspective. The small town and the surrounding landscape, the transition of the land and the sea and the solitude while out hiking have been wonderful to see and to experience.”

Rif Field Station wishes Farina the best of luck with finalising her dissertation and we are happy to have had the chance to support her during her research. Rif will follow up on the outcome of her research.

All pictures taken by Farina Sooth, used with her permission.

INTERACT TA/RA call is now open!

The INTERACT Transnational Access and Remote Access call is open

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Biologist Linda Ársælsdóttir, employee of Rif Field Station, working on a deposition sampler close to Raufarhöfn village. The sampler is owned by the German HiLDA project. 

The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply Trans-national Access and Remote Access to 52 (TA) and 33 (RA) research stations. The sites are located across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America and they represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Trans-national Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times through the INTERACT VA single-entry point.

Rif Field Station is one of 52 stations offering Transnational Access. Rif now also offers Remote Access for the first time, which we are very excited about.

The current call for Trans-national and Remote Access applications is open from September 1st until 15th October 2020, and it is for access taking place between April 2021 and March 2022. Regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing call: we proceed with the call in a regular manner but reserve the possibility to adapt the call, postpone the granted accesses or negotiate a shift from physical access to remote access if the situation and safety regulations so require. You can find the TA/RA Call information, listing of stations available in the calldescriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

An on-line webinar will be held on Tue 15th September at 10:00-11:00 (CEST, +1UTC) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA Call and for answering questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. Join the Zoom webinar by clicking this link.

For any additional information, please contact the Trans-national Access project planner Heli Niittynen, heli.niittynen(at)oulu.fi.

Apply INTERACT Trans-national Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

Application deadline extended till May 6th 2020

The application deadline for access to Rif Field Station in 2020 has been extended till May 6th 2020, instead of April 15th. Applications received after May 6th will be reviewed if possible.

Before applying, all applicants are requested to familiarise themselves with important information on RFS and its facilities.

The application below can be found here in a pdf format with active links.

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Click here to open an online application form to apply for access to RFS in 2020.

Umsóknarfrestur lengdur til 6. maí 2020

Frestur til að sækja um aðstöðu hjá Rannsóknastöðinni Rifi árið 2020 hefur verið framlengdur til 6. maí 2020. Umsóknir sem berast eftir það verða teknar til greina ef þess er kostur.

Þau sem hug hafa á að nýta sér aðstöðu og/eða rannsóknasvæði Rannsóknastöðvarinnar Rifs árið 2020 geta sem áður sótt um aðgang með því að fylla út rafrænt umsóknareyðublað (sjá hlekk hér fyrir neðan).

Áður en umsókn er skilað eru umsækjendur beðnir að kynna sér allar helstu upplýsingar og skjöl er varða umsókn og dvöl við Rannsóknastöðina Rif. Ofangreint má nálgast á síðunni Upplýsingar fyrir umsækjendur.

Auglýsinguna að neðan má nálgast hér á pdf formi með virkum hlekkjum.

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Smellið hér til að opna rafrænt umsóknareyðublað.

Athugið að umsóknareyðublaðið er á ensku en þau sem eru íslenskumælandi geta fyllt inn svör á íslensku.

Research projects 2020 – call for applications open!

Scientists and researchers interested in using the facilities and or research area of Rif Field Station in 2020 can now apply for access.

Before applying, all applicants are requested to familiarise themselves with important information on RFS and its facilities. Applications should ideally be handed in before April 15. RFS will accept later applications if possible.

The call below can be found here in a pdf format.

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Click here to open an online application form to apply for access to RFS in 2020.

INTERACT Transnational Access Call now open for 2020 projects! Deadline: Oct 8th 2019

INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) has just opened a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access (TA) to 42 research stations across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America. Rif Field Station is one of the stations offering access via this call.

The call for Transnational Access application is open from August 12th to October 8th 2019 and is the final TA call for the current EU Horizon 2020 funding period. For more information on how to apply, follow this link to the INTERACT website.

This call is open for research projects taking place between April and August 2020. Through Transnational Access you can gain free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. The sites offering access represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. You can read more on the available stations, their facilities and field sites on the INTERACT website.  
An on-line webinar will be held on Wed 4th Sept at 13:00-14:00 (CEST) to provide information about the ongoing TA/RA call and for answering any questions related to the application process and TA and RA in general. Join the webinar by clicking this link.
For any additional information, please contact the Transnational Access coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)oulu.fi.
Apply for INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

Reminder: INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open!

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open for projects taking place between March 2018 and April 2019

The EU H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) project opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access to 43 research stations across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America.  The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.

Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. Rif Field Station is one of the stations offering physical access and we are looking forward to receiving researchers with exciting new projects next year.

The call for applications is open on 1st September –  13th October, 2017, for projects taking place between March 2018 and April 2019. You can find the TA call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website http://www.eu-interact.org/.

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Attention scientists: Call for applications now open

Rif Field Station now calls for applications from scientists and researchers interested in utilising the station’s facilities and research area for various research and monitoring projects in 2017. 

More information is available in the advertisement below or in the “Applications” section at the top of our website. For additional questions and comments please contact Rif’s station manager Jónína Sigríður Þorláksdóttir, Tel. +(354) 856 9500 or send an email to rif@nna.is.

Here you can find a PDF version of the advertisement, including active links.

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