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Study Shows Importance of Sea Ice Ecosystems as Arctic Food Source

Marsh Institute researcher Karen Frey (Geography) and colleagues at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Université Laval, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science recently released results of a study which shows that plant materials originating in Arctic sea ice are significantly incorporated into marine food webs that are used for subsistence in local communities of the greater Bering Strait region. The paper “Seasonal and latitudinal variations in sea ice algae deposition in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas determined by algal biomarkers” appears in the journal PLOS ONE.