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Research Participants

See beneath for key areas of research within the NOW-project. 

PIs:

Kirsten Hastrup, Professor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (PI)
Bjarne Grønnow, Research Professor (Archaeology), The National Museum (Co-PI) 
Anders Mosbech, Research Director (biology), Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhus (Co-PI)

Researchers:

Erik Jeppesen, Professor, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Rune Dietz, Professor professor DSc. Department of Bioscience - Marine Mammal Research, Aarhus University
Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen, Professor, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
Thomas A. Davidson, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Anne Birgitte Gotfredsen, Postdoc, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Kasper Lambert Johansen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Martin Appelt, Senior Researcher, Archaeology, The National Museum
Jens Fog Jensen, Senior Researcher, Archaeology, The National Museum
Janne Flora, Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Astrid O. Andersen, Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen

Partners and associated members in the field season 2014:

Mikkel Myrup, Senior Researcher, The National Museum of Greenland
Mikkel Sørensen, Lecturer, Archaeological Section, Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen
Henning Haack, Associate Professor, Natural History Museum of Denmark
Ivan Gonzalez Bergonzoni, Postdoc, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Carsten Egevang, PhD and Photographer; Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.

Partners and associated members in the field season 2015:

Mikkel Myrup, Curator, The National Museum of Greenland
Ivan Gonzalez Bergonzoni, Postdoc, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Sebastian Wetterrich, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research Department of Periglacial Research
Aili Labansen, PhD student, AU Bioscience, and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
Allan Juhl Kristensen, field assistant, AU Bioscience
Daniel Spelling Clausen, field assistent, AU Bioscience
Asta Mønsted, MA student, Archaeology, University of Copenhagen
Mala Broberg, MA student, Arctic Bioscience, Aarhus University

Key areas of research within the NOW-project:

Anthropology

Kirsten HastrupProfessor of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (PI)
NOW-focus:        General anthropological analysis of both contemporary and historical                            developments of social life in the Thule area. The connection between                          life histories and hunting practices – providing an entry into                                          perceptions of self and nature.

Janne Flora, Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
NOW-focus:        The connection between place, hunter and the taste of food in a
                         changing landscape.

Astrid O. Andersen, Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
NOW-focus:        Technologies and ways of knowing and practicing a changing          
                         landscape among hunters and scientists in the North Water area.

Archaeology

Bjarne Grønnow, Research professor. Department of Modern History & World Cultures, The National Museum of Denmark (Co-PI)
NOW-focus:        The dynamics of human migrations, settlement patterns and resource
                         exploitation around the ecological ‘hot spot’, The North Water, in a long
                         term perspective and with a focus on periods of critical transitions.

Martin AppeltSenior Project Researcher. Department of Modern History & World Cultures, the National Museum of Denmark. 
NOW-focus:         Scales and qualities of connectedness; the dynamics of relations                                   man, bird, and walrus – “places”, “traces”, and “routes”; the histories                           of landscapes and icescapes. 

Jens Fog Jensen, Senior project researcher, Department of Modern History & World Cultures, the National Museum of Denmark
NOW-focus:        Settlement patterns, resource exploitation, raw material procurement
                         systems as they are imbedded in annual migrations and social                                      networks.

Biology

Anders MosbechResearch Director (biology), Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhus (Co-PI)
NOW focus:        Top predators’ spatial ecology and food webs, Stable isotopes.                                      Tracking seabirds connecting sea and land. Nutrient transfer, indicators                          of seabird population history with changing climate conditions and                                harvest pressures.

Kasper Lambert Johansen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
NOW focus:        The spatio-temporal distribution/dynamics, ecosystem coupling and  
                         population history of alcids breeding in the North Water area. Spatial 
                         relations between living resources and human societies.

Mads Peter Heide-JørgensenProfessor, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.
NOW-focus:        Marine mammals in the North Water with special focus on the walrus. 
                         Identify the major migrational patterns, the ice dependence and the                              use of hot-spots for feeding along Ellesmere Island and in                                            Avanersuaq.

Erik JeppesenProfessor, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
NOW-focus:       Response of Arctic freshwater ecosystems to climate at present and in                          the past. 

Thomas A. DavidsonDepartment of Bioscience, Aarhus University
NOW-focus:        Arctic lake ecosystem response to climate change and  
                         enrichment from marine derived nutrients resulting from seabird
                         populations. Using palaeolimnological approaches, from both lake and
                         peat records, to reconstruct long-term dynaimcs inclimate and seabird
                         populations.

Rune Dietzprofessor DSc. Department of Bioscience - Marine Mammal Research, Aarhus University
NOW-focus:        Mercury exposure, stable isotopes and other elements in the wildlife                            and Inuit hunters of the North Water - past and present. Improve our                            understanding of exposure and effects on humans and wildlife - in                                Northwestern Greenland relative to other Arctic areas.

Anne Birgitte Gotfredsen, Postdoc, GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
NOW-focus:        Archaeozoological studies based on animal bones from stratified                                  culture layers at prehistoric sites around the North Water polynya.