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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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.

2012 Students
paula   Maria (Paula) Mugnani
Mt. Holyoke College
Environmental Studies/Ecosystem Science major

My project looks at the vegetation diversity and abundance across five ecosystems in Stordalen Mire: palsas, eriophorum-dominated fens, sphagnum peatlands, lakesides and lake heath. These ecosystems differ a lot in several aspects, including water availability, limiting growth factors, and nutrient cycling.

By identifying the species diversity and abundance on a quadrat-transect system , I hope to find how vegetation differs across these ecosystems and how the mire may respond and evolve in terms of vegetation as permafrost thaw and climate change impact continue.


Ecosystem-Vegetation Interactions in sub-arctic Stordalen Mire, Sweden. Co-authors Ruth Varner, Patrick Crill; Mentor: Ruth Varner