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Herbarium of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (or Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands)

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Getting excited about storage!
Getting excited about storage!

Today I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Starri Heiðmarsson, the Head of Botany for the Icelandic Institute of Natural History. As well as looking after the herbarium (which is based in Akuyreri), Starri is a lichenologist who spoke to us about his interesting research focusing on seashore lichens.

Rock cut by roadworks highlighting lichen cover on weathered surfaces
Rock cut by roadworks highlighting lichen cover on weathered surfacesDSC_0326

Earlier this year, I listened to the lichenologist Professor Nimis explaining the concept of nunataks to students of the University of Manchester in the Italian Alps  and it is incredible (and quite sobering) to find out that scientists in Iceland are able to study colonisation of emerging nunataks as the Icelandic glaciers retreat.

Poster title
Poster title

However, while in Iceland I am specifically looking at the consequences of introducing invasive species in fragile environments (and collecting specimens of the Nootka lupin as an extreme example) and so I took the opportunity to explore this story further in conversation with Starri.

Gratuitous shot of envelopes and labels!
Gratuitous shot of envelopes and labels!

 

 

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Snaefellsjokull volcano

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We’ve spent a few days exploring the wonderful Snaefellsjokull National Park. Just a few flowers before David talks about glaciers…….

Grass of Parnassus
Grass of Parnassus
Field gentian
Field gentian

 

Pond with Mares tail
Pond with Mares tail

Palaeo Manchester

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