The project was formed at the intersection of two separate studies – Characterization of the Domestic Reindeer Nenets Breed’s Taimyr Population Genetic Diversity Based on Microsatellite Analysis and The Norilsk Industrial Region and Taimyr Public Environmental Monitoring Network Development, which are conducted by the Polar State University named after N.M. Fedorovsky employees.
The PSU scientists have studied various groups of the Taimyr domestic deer population, as well as water and soil samples of the peninsula, in order to understand how environmental changes affect animals. Based on the research results, an interactive map of Taimyr was compiled.
The project and the results displaying interactive map idea’s author is Tatyana Bazelyanskaya, a Taymyr researcher. With the Arctic Development Project Office’s support, they also developed an open lesson Deer Land, at which school and college students, representatives of the indigenous peoples of the North are told how modern scientific research can help in practical activities in Taimyr.
One of the project’s objectives is to tell about domestic reindeer breeding, about the wild reindeer habitats in the Taimyr tundra and the tasks that arise with the industrial development of the North. Due to human impact and climate change, reindeer migration paths have changed. Animals leave Taimyr for the Evenkia forests.
Recall that the Deer Land began to train professional ecologists. We also reported that Norwegian deer entered the Pasvik national park and ate Russian reindeer moss worth 47 million krons.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, photo: Denis Kozhevnikov