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Clams’ climate secrets prove elusive in the Arctic

Al Wanamaker and undergrad Aubrey Foulk sort through piles of Arctica islandica on a stormy beach.

Al Wanamaker and undergrad Aubrey Foulk sort through piles of Arctica islandica washed onto a beach after a storm.

This is the third and final post in the Discover magazine series by Randall Hyman about the Arctica fieldwork off Northern Norway.

This week, our heroes get some tantalizing results from 550 ft (166 metres) and find shedloads of shells blown onto a beach after a storm.

Reading between the lines

Irene with dye

Irene Ballesta Artero pouring dye into the clam’s containers before deployment.  The non-toxic dye will mark the shell with the time of deployment.

Here’s the second post in the Discover magazine series on climate work with Arctica islandica off northern Norway.   Al Wanamaker and Michael Carroll are looking for the most northerly populations of Arctica islandica, living at depths up to 180 metres.

Rob Witbaard and Irene Ballesta are also up there, deploying clams wired with activity loggers to look in great detail at the environmental factors driving shell growth.

You can also read about raised beaches, thought to be about 6,000 years old, that are covered with ancient shells.









Rob Witbaard and Michael Carroll help Captain Thorleif Hanssen redeploy Rob’s clam experiment.












Dead Clams Talking

There’s an excellent series in Discover magazine on climate work with Arctica off northern Norway.  ARAMACC ESR Irene Ballesta is out there right now, with Rob Witbaard, Al Wanamaker, Michael Carroll and other researchers from Bates College in the US.

Read the first post here


ARAMNACC student Irene Ballesta and Bates College student Maddie Mette examine specimens of Arctica islandica just collected at the study site off northern Norway


Arctica and Michael Carroll feature on Norwegian TV


 Dette skjellet kan være så gammelt som 300 år - og har en lang klimahistorie å fortelle. Det forsøker forskerne nå å finne ut av. Foto: Allan Klo / NRK

Foto: Allan Klo / NRK

Here’s an item on the Norwegian nightly news program, featuring Michael Carroll and his work with Arctica off the northern Norway coast.  The piece starts at 6m 16s.

The lady speaking in Norwegian at the end of the piece is a program manager at the Norwegian Research Council. She’s saying how important it is to understand past climate history to determine what the effects of future changes will be, and that this research will provide an important piece of the overall puzzle.