The Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates (NERU) program focuses on the impacts of climate change on ecosystems in Northern Sweden. The program is a collaboration between the Univ. of N.H. and the Abisko Scientific Research Station. Read more…

We will not offer a summer 2016 program. New program info. will be posted as funding becomes available. All NSF REU student opportunities are listed on NSF REU program websites.
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Meet our Students

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.

2014 Students
brittany   Brittany Verbeke
Florida State University
Environmental Science major

Hey!  My name is Brittany Verbeke, and I am currently a senior at Florida State University (FSU) majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology. Although I was born in Florida and eventually went back to Tallahassee to attend college, I grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado. At FSU, I am a research assistant at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in the Geochemistry department where I study the chemical composition of meteorites through laser ablation mass spectrometry.

The research center in Abisko, Sweden will allow me to help Paige collect methane and CO2 flux measurements along a permafrost thaw gradient, as well as related vegetation characterization, temperature, pH, PAR (photosynthetically active radiation), water table depth, and active layer depth. I will be focusing on collecting pore water samples through a depth profile along the gradient to look at the relationship between the carbon isotopes of methane and CO2 to all of these variables in order to determine methane production pathways. Isotopic signatures are important in predicting further rates and locations of release of methane in similar subarctic environments such as Stordalen Mire.