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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mercury Levels in Svalbard Reindeer's Tissue and Faeces in Relation to Diet and Season

Awarded: NOK 19,999

Mercury (Hg) is toxic and a concern for the terrestrial Artic environment due to potential release of Hg from the thawing permafrost. For this master thesis the levels of Hg in summer and winter faeces sample form Svalbard reindeers (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) will be compared to investigate if the diet change will affect the levels of Hg exposure. The aim is to develop a model that a proxy the Hg levels in the tissue and in the faeces to get a better understanding in the uptake and excretion of Hg in Svalbard reindeer.

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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum