Our SFNO member Nicolás Valiente Parra has recently received a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene (University of Oslo) with Prof. Dag O. Hessen, seeking to understand the effects of climate change on Arctic freshwater biodiversity.

From 2022, Nico will keep exploring arctic ecosystems, this time at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (University of Vienna, Austria) with Prof. Andreas Richter. The MSCA project entitled NITROKARST will address the effects of permafrost thaw on the global nitrogen cycle, and specifically, the role played by thermokarst systems. For this purpose, the project will involve the close cooperation of researchers from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Germany) and the INRS Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Canada).

Ice-rich permafrost

Ice-rich permafrost

MSCA Fellowships are among Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards aimed at supporting the best and most promising scientists. This prestigious award that covers 2 years research and training activities at the host institution and partner institutions. More information on the MSCA funding schemes can be found on this Website:


SFNO/IENO association will miss Nico and we wish him the best of luck!