HN Meeting – Iceland, 2016

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We had a successful meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland in September, 2016. A total of 34 HN members joined us from Scandinavia, England, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. The agenda of the meeting was to launch new collaborative projects, to strengthen the ongoing ones, and to form strategies for steering and research collaboration within the network.

During the meeting, we discussed the following projects:

  • An assessment of the functional diversity of herbivore assemblages across the Arctic led by James Speed. This work follows from the Barrio et al. (2016) data material and aims to summarize the functional groups and phylogenetic diversity of arctic herbivores.

  • A systematic review on the effects of herbivores on tundra soils led by the soil working group (Maria Väisänen, Guillermo Bueno, Maria Tuomi and Francis Brearley). This work will revise the current knowledge on the impacts of herbivores on tundra soils through literature search. A report of this workshop will be soon uploaded to the HN website.

  • Identification of data gaps in tundra herbivory research led by Eeva Soininen, James Speed and Jennifer Forbey. Eeva and James are developing a systematic protocol that aims to create a systematic map of the conducted herbivory research. Jennifer will lead a review on what kind of paradigms have been prominent in herbivory research for the last decades.

  • The assessment on the effects of historical grazing within tundra sites led by Martin Mörsdorf. In the workshop discussion on the methods in defining historical grazing effects within tundra study sites was initiated, which could be developed into a protocol during the next meetings.

At the end of the meeting we concluded that the Herbivory Network should continue to be an open, active network, where members are encouraged to take active roles in developing new initiatives and networking opportunities.