Elspeth is studying the role of mosses in the diet of geese. Using molecular techniques she hopes to identify the various species of moss which have been previously lumped into a single category. Elspeth was the first time on Spitsbergen in 2010 and returns in 2011.
See also in the weblog: mosses
Stech, M., Kolvoort, E., Loonen, M.J.J.E., Vrieling, K. & Kruijer, J.D. (2010) Bryophyte DNA sequences from faeces of an arctic herbivore, barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis). Molecular Ecology Resources. doi: 10.111/j.1755-0998.2010.02938.x download