Cool Scientists

Dr. Terry Callaghan

Name: Terry Callaghan
Organization: Abisko Scientific Research Station, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Cool Science: Arctic Ecology

Who I Am:
Terry is the Director of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Abisko Scientific Research Station (ANS). The Station's mission is: "to provide Swedish and foreign visiting scientists with the opportunity of conducting scientific work based on the particular conditions of the subartic environment surrounding the Station and also to conduct such research with its own personnel". He is also a member of the United Nations Environment Programme on Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Effects. He was also a key contributor to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

My Cool Research:

Terry's research focuses on relationships between the arctic environment and the ecology of arctic plants and animals including ecosystem processes. The research has two components: seeking to understand mechanisms of survival and adaptation to arctic environments, and assessing the responses of organisms and ecosystems to changing environmental conditions such as climate, UV-B radiation and atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

My Cool Publications: (Selected)

(*** denotes internationally, peer-reviewed articles)

ACIA (in press) Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Cambridge University Press.***

ACIA (2004). Impacts of a Warming Arctic. Cambridge University Press, 139 pp.***

Callaghan, T.V. (ed.) (2004). Climate Change and UV-B impacts on Arctic Tundra and Polar Desert Ecosystems. Ambio 33, Special Issue 7, 385-479.***

Callaghan, T.V. (ed.) (2002). Dynamics of the tundra-taiga interface Ambio Special Report 12, 63 pp.***

Cornelissen, J.H.C., Quested, H.M., van Logtestijn, R.S.P., Pérez-Harguindeguy, N., Gwynn-Jones, D., Díaz, S., Callaghan, T.V., Press, M.C. and R. Aerts (in press). Is foliar pH a useful new predictor of leaf chemistry, leaf digestibility and litter decomposability among subarctic plant species and types? Oecologia

Quested, H.M., Callaghan, T.V., Cornelissen, H.J. and Press, M.C. (in press) The impacts of hemiparasitic plant species litter on decomposition: direct, seasonal and litter mixing effects J. Ecol.

Huntington, H., Callaghan, T.V., Fox, S.H., and Krupnik, I. (2004) Matching Traditional and Scientific Observations to Detect Environmental Change: A Discussion on Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems Ambio Special Report 13, 18-23.

Cool Articles I was interviewed for:
BBC News: Arctic heads into warmer future. (11.02.2004)

CBC News: Scientific 'geese' missing full view of Arctic environment: researcher (11.16.2004)