Our geo-science and environmental science students hail from a wide range of institutions and disciplines. All are interested in scientific research and are participating in our study of biogeochemical processes in northern upland and wetland ecosystems.
Northern Michigan University
Environmental Science major
Yhis is Eric Heim and I'm from Algonac, MI. I currently go to school at Northern Michigan University which is located in the scenic Upper Peninsula at Marquette. I study Environmental Science (major) with a concentration in Pollution Control and Remediation. Previous to my research here at Abisko I have done research in organic chemical synthesis with a main project goal of developing a supramolecular catalyst for use in medicinal compound synthesis. I also worked as an intern in Alger County, MI as an intern in an invasive species management project. The most exciting part of my experience in the program besides the wanderlust of Sweden is the limitless growth that my professional career can experience from the connections made here with many wonderful people.
My project is examining the regulatory effect of bedrock geochemistry in plant chemistry and studying the theory that lithology is as important as climate in determination of floral ecology. My main compound of interest is Phosphorus but I will look at several elements to see any possible relationships. I will be working closely with Nate Tomcyzk who will study soil characteristics within the differing bedrock types. Our joint project is new to NERU and is open to some interpretation, this has made our investigation quite enjoyable.