huffeldtDr. Nicholas Per Huffeldt The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) welcome Dr. Nicholas Per Huffeldt as the 2020-2021 CAFF-IASC Fellow with CAFFs Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP). Dr. Huffeldt´s Fellowship will focus on working the CBMPs implementation of the Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan – the first co-production of knowledge platform approved by the Arctic Council. Dr. Huffeldt will have the opportunity to attend and present this work at several events focusing on the science/policy interface including the CAFF Biennial meeting.

The CAFF-IASC Fellowship provides an opportunity for the Fellow to identify a joint area of interest and expertise, participate in, and contribute, to CAFF’s work, and produce at least one peer-reviewed publication and/or deliverable report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials. The selection process was organized in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), who managed the applications and coordinated the work of our independent, volunteer reviewers to evaluate and recommend the highest quality candidates. The final selection was made in consultation with CAFF and IASC.

Nicholas earned his PhD in Biology with emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Wake Forest University, USA in 2018. His dissertation research focused on the ecological significance and physiological underpinnings of biological rhythms in seabirds breeding under the continuous light of polar summer. Seabirds are keystone members of the marine coastal community because of their roles as top predators and vectors of nutrients between marine, coastal, and terrestrial environments. Nicholas strives to understand the role that seabirds play in shaping community dynamics and biodiversity in marine and coastal ecosystems via inter- and intra-specific interactions. He is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources to identify if the circadian clock is used by thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia), an Arctic seabird, to track the diel cycle under the midnight sun and to what extent thick-billed murres’ rhythms are a cause or consequence of their marine environment. He brings a broad understanding of marine ecology and a unique perspective of biological rhythms to the Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring Group of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program.

CAFF and IASC welcome Dr. Huffeldt and thank APECS for helping to promote the Fellowship and secure the successful candidate.

For more information visit https://caff.is/coastal or contact Tom Barry (CAFF Executive Secretary) at tom [AT] caff [DOT] is and/or Nicholas Per Huffeldt at nph [AT] bios [DOT] au [DOT] dk

CAFF IASC Fellowship The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) welcome Dr. Scott Flemming as the 2020-2021 CAFF-IASC Fellow with the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI).

Dr. Flemming’s Fellowship will focus on increasing knowledge on the prevalence and impacts of plastic contamination on Arctic-breeding shorebird populations. This Fellowship fills an important need of the AMBI program and will contribute to implementation of the AMBI 2019-2023 work plan.

Dr. Flemming will have the opportunity to attend and present this work at several events focussing on the science/policy interface including the CAFF Biennial meeting, the International Symposium in Plastics in the Arctic, and Arctic Science Summit Week in 2021.

The CAFF-IASC Fellowship provides an opportunity for the Fellow to identify a joint area of interest and expertise, participate in, and contribute, to CAFF’s work, and produce at least one peer-reviewed publication and/or deliverable report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials. The selection process was organized in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), who managed the applications and coordinated the work of our independent, volunteer reviewers to evaluate and recommend the highest quality candidates. The final selection was made in consultation with CAFF and IASC.

Scott is generally interested in bird ecology but focuses his research and conservation efforts on shorebirds during their breeding and migration periods. In 2012, he completed his MSc at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand where he studied the diet and foraging ecology of penguins. During his PhD (2019), at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada, he spent four summers in the eastern Canadian Arctic studying the indirect effects of overabundant geese on tundra-nesting shorebirds. Scott now works as a Shorebird Biologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Pacific Flyway where he conducts populations assessments and studies stop-over ecology.

CAFF and IASC welcome Dr. Flemming and thank APECS for helping to promote the Fellowship and secure the successful candidate.

For more information visit www.caff.is/ambi or contact Courtney Price (AMBI Global Coordinator) at courtney [AT] caff [DOT] is and/or Scott Flemming (scott [DOT] flemming [AT] canada [DOT] ca)

Increased warming pushing Arctic freshwater ecosystems to the brink

PRESS RELEASE: May 7, 2019: Rovaniemi, Finland

Climate change and development threaten the health of Arctic freshwater ecosystems, with continued warming pushing cold-water species unique to the Arctic—such as the Arctic char—to the brink of regional loss, and increasing the likelihood of toxic cyanobacteria blooms, says the State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Report released today.

According to the report produced by experts from the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), warming is reducing what can be considered as Arctic, with southern species moving northward, and cold tolerant species facing possible local extinction when they can’t adapt or compete for resources.

The report provides a circumpolar synthesis of the state of knowledge about biodiversity in Arctic lakes, rivers, and associated wetlands. It identifies changes and knowledge gaps in fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, algae, and macrophytes, and can provide insights into the overall health of freshwater ecosystems and their ability to provide essential services on which people rely. For the first time, experts have compiled a circumpolar database on freshwater biodiversity to keep knowledge easily updated and available. When possible, data will be made accessible on the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service.

The report also identifies Arctic countries’ efforts and gaps in monitoring key elements of Arctic ecosystems, highlighting what countries can do to improve the ability to detect and report on significant changes in the Arctic.

Specifically, the report calls for better coordination, standardization of methods, increased use of emerging technologies (such as remote sensing and DNA barcoding), improved consideration of Traditional Knowledge and Local Knowledge, better engagement with local and Indigenous communities, and a commitment to support continued development and maintenance of the CBMP.

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Screen Shot 2017 11 30 at 13.58.57CAFF-IASC Science-Policy Fellowships

The CAFF-IASC Science-Policy Fellowships were created to help early- to mid-career professionals build experience and advance understanding of the science-policy interface. We are looking for two CAFF-IASC Fellows. In cooperation with CAFF and IASC, fellows will identify a joint area of interest and expertise, participate in and contribute to CAFF’s work, and produce a culminating deliverable to enrich decision-making in their chosen field.

This year's areas of interest are:

  • The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI): The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) is a project designed to improve the status and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory bird populations. AMBI works with many partner countries and organisations to support and initiate actions that target priority species and conservation issues across multiple flyways. In 2021 AMBI will undergo a Mid-Term Evaluation. See here for more info: https://caff.is/ambi or contact courtney [AT] caff [DOT] is.
  • Coastal Ecosystem Steering Group (CEMG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP): The CEMG is starting implementation of the Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan which will synthesize and assess the status and trends of Arctic coastal biodiversity as a contribution to international conventions and agreements on biodiversity conservation; providing policy and decision makers with comprehensive information on the status and trends of Arctic coastal biodiversity. This Coastal Plan is the Arctic Council’s first initiative to develop a platform that will support a co-production of knowledge approach, and an important step towards bringing together Traditional Knowledge (TK) and science into the assessment, planning and management of Arctic biodiversity. See here for more info: https://caff.is/coastal or contact tom [AT] caff [DOT] is.

The duration of the CAFF-IASC Fellowships will be one year. Each Fellow will begin by attending the Arctic Science Summit Week 2020, March 27-April 2 in Akureyri, Iceland. Afterwards, Fellows will attend appropriate project meetings, and CAFF Board meetings. As appropriate, Fellows will continue working with their CAFF programs to develop a final deliverable.

CAFF-IASC Required Travel

During their appointment, at a minimum, both CAFF-IASC Fellows will be expected to attend the following meetings:

  • Arctic Science Summit Week 2020 (27-30 April 2020; Akureyri, Iceland)
  • One CAFF working group meeting (TBD)
  • CAFF Biennial meeting (February 2021)
  • Regular teleconferences for the project steering group

Travel support to attend meetings for each Fellow during their Fellowships will be made available through CAFF and IASC. The travel support is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not compensated for during the Fellowship.

CAFF-IASC Fellowship Deliverables

  • Fellows will help deliver reports and other communications products as identified by the project and/or CAFF Secretariat.
  • Fellows will deliver program feedback and evaluations on the Fellowship and may be asked to input into evaluations of their respective programs.
  • Fellows will identify, develop and finalize a deliverable that aims to enrich decision-making in their chosen respective projects.
 
 
 
 

On May 7b, Finland will host the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Rovaniemi.

Minister-level representatives from the eight Arctic States will convene to review and approve work completed under the two-year Finnish Chairmanship to improve sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. The Arctic States will be joined by delegations from the Council's indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, the Chairs of the six Working Groups, and Observers. The Ministerial will be held in the Lappi Areena in Rovaniemi, Finland.

CAFF will deliver the following products:

Brachycentrus subnubilus. Photo: Jan Hamrsky
CBMP: State of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Report
(summary report and science report) 

CBMP Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan

CBMP headline indicators: Audit of global goose populations
Crane hires. Photo Caitlin Bailey, GFOE The Hidden Ocean 2016, Chukchi Borderlands
CBMP Strategic Plan 2018-2021
Red knot. Photo: Morten Ekker
AMBI Workplan 2019-2023 
Mining. Photo: Kai Mortensen/Shutterstock.com
Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining: Context, challenges and solutions for improvement
Photo: George Burba/Shutterstock.com
Scoping for Sustainable Management and Resilience of Arctic wetlands: Phase 1 report 

Marine fishes of the Arctic region 

Inspiring Arctic voices through youth: engaging youth in Arctic biodiversity 

Arctic Biodiversity Congress 

 

CAFF will also deliver a series of Progress Reports for activities underway:

 

To watch the event, click here.

 

 

An overview of the media program for foreign journalists is available at the link below.

For an overview of the Arctic Council’s history, composition and work, please read the backgrounder.

Find an overview of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Additional resources for media.

For more information, visit the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland's page dedicated to the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting.


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