16 - 28 July 2017
Martine van den Heuvel-Greve of Wageningen Marine Research travelled to Svalbard in the Arctic once again to research the various effects of human activities on marine life. She investigated various factors that may affect marine life including the toxicity of oil and pollution from a local coal mine.
She also tested a new method to determine the presence of newly arrived species. Accompanying her were Frits Steenhuisen, environmental scientist of the Arctic Centre of Groningen University, and two assistants; Michiel Klaassen (research assistant) and Mare van den Heuvel (Martine's daughter). Martine, Michiel and Mare all wrote blogs about their experiences and the research.