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Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF) is a research centre at Umeå University, organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology and situated in Norrbyn, 40 kilometres south of Umeå. UMF supports marine research and education, and performs environmental analysis on commission of swedish environmental monitoring. We also provide information about research and environmental status, with a particular focus on the Gulf of Bothnia.

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Phytoplankton in the mix

Phytoplankton in the mix

Research This week, Russell Arnott from the University of Bath, is visiting Umeå Marine Sciences Centre. In his research, he is using UMF's mesocosms to determine to what degree the size and shape of a particular phytoplankton species dictates how it interacts with different levels of turbulence.

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Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton

Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton

Global warming is expected to increase runoff and input of organic matter to aquatic ecosystems in large regions of the Northern hemisphere including the Baltic Sea. Research performed in Sweden is now indicating a sevenfold increase in poisonous methylmercury in zooplankton as a consequence. This increase is due to an altered structure of the aquatic food web. The study has been published in the journal Science Advances.


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Phytoplankton in the mix

2017-08-25
This week, Russell Arnott from the University of Bath, is visiting Umeå Marine Sciences Centre. In his research, he is using UMF's mesocosms to determine to what degree the size and shape of a particular phytoplankton species dictates how it interacts with different levels of turbulence.

Pathogenic bacteria train their defence in lakes and oceans

2017-05-04
Peter Mathisen at Umeå University has found links between the aquatic environment and the spreading of diseases such as tularaemia. The results indicate that aquatic environments act as “gyms” for bacteria, where the presence of predators train their defence against being killed and eaten up. The re...

More river water decreases the coastal sea production

2017-02-01
When the discharge of river water into the sea increases, for example as an effect of climate change, the ratio between phytoplankton and bacteria production will change. Phytoplankton growth is disfavoured by both the organic carbon in the river water and the changes in depth of the upper layer of ...

Ice project funded by Formas

2016-12-16
EcoChange researcher Jenny Ask has received funding from Formas for a project about ice-cover regimes in northern aquatic ecosystems. The project will focus on how future changes in ice-cover will impact aquatic carbon metabolism, algal biomass build-up and water-atmosphere gas exchange.

Phytoplankton communities structured by carbon from land

2016-12-13
EcoChange researcher Joanna Paczkowska has focused on the base of the food web, to figure out what climate change will do to the ecosystem along a north-south gradient in the Baltic Sea. She proves that carbon compounds originating from land have a great impact on the structure and function of the i...


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Umeå Marine Sciences Centre
Norrbyn
SE-905 71 Hörnefors 

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Norrbyn, SE-905 71 Hörnefors

Tel:  +46 90 786 79 74 (office)

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Mesocosm experiments? Apply for funding before October 6:th!

Umeå marine sciences centre is part of the H2020-project Aquacosm. That means you can apply for Transnational Access (TA) funding for mesocosm experiments.

The application deadline is October 6:th. You find more info about how to apply here.


Transportation to UMF

We arrange for transportation between Hörnefors and Norrbyn for researchers and PhD-students. Please contact Mikael Molin or Monica Johansson a few days ahead.