New paper on the role of glaciers and ice sheets in the silicon cycle

New paper on the role of glaciers and ice sheets in the silicon cycle

The part played by glaciers and ice sheets in global nutrient cycling is only just starting to be appreciated. Importantly, the global riverine concentrations and…

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2018 field work is done

2018 field work is done

In June & July 2018 we teamed up with our old friends Jon Hawkings & Guillaume Lamarche-Gagnon from the University of Bristol and, together with…

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New paper on the fate of assimilated N in Antarctic glacial meltwater streams

New paper on the fate of assimilated N in Antarctic glacial meltwater streams

Microbial mats are abundant in the small glacial meltwater streams of Antarctica. Despite the limited amount of nitrogen (N) released from source glaciers and the…

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New paper shows glacier size and hydrological drainage systems may influence the structure of exported microbial assemblages

New paper shows glacier size and hydrological drainage systems may influence the structure of exported microbial assemblages

Glacial meltwater streams export supra- and subglacially-derived microbial cells, along with terrestrial material from the ice-free landscape, and deliver them to downstream ecosystems. Despite the…

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New paper shows Greenland ice surface albedo controlled by distributed biologically-active impurities

New paper shows Greenland ice surface albedo controlled by distributed biologically-active impurities

The Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) is the largest cryospheric contributor to global sea-level rise. The dominant energy source for snow and ice melt is direct…

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New project on microbial methane oxidation beneath glaciers

New project on microbial methane oxidation beneath glaciers

We are happy to announce that we have been awarded a Czech Science Foundation (GACR) grant entitled ‘Microbial methane oxidation in subglacial ecosystems: An unknown…

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New paper on algal effect on Greenland ice sheet surface albedo

New paper on algal effect on Greenland ice sheet surface albedo

Surface ablation of the Greenland ice sheet is amplified by surface darkening caused by light-absorbing impurities such as mineral dust, black carbon, and pigmented microbial…

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2017 field work is done

2017 field work is done

Summer 2017 saw the members of CryoEco travelling around the Arctic and, as is their good habit, collecting samples of surface ice, basal ice and…

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New paper on microbial metagenomes from Greenland surface ice

New paper on microbial metagenomes from Greenland surface ice

Globally emitted contaminants accumulate in the Arctic and are stored in the frozen environments of the cryosphere such as glaciers and ice sheets. Climate change…

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New perspective paper on supraglacial ecosystem modelling

New perspective paper on supraglacial ecosystem modelling

Glacier and ice sheet surfaces are important microbe-dominated (‘supraglacial’) ecosystems that are changing rapidly due to climate change. Insights into the supraglacial ecosystem have been…

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