The 4th International Conference on Arctic Fox (lat. Vulpes lagopus) Biology was sucessfully held at Hótel Núpur in the Westfjords of Iceland over the weekend 11-13th October 2013. It was the first time that Iceland had been chosen to host this prestigious event, with The Arctic Fox Centre, Súðavík in charge of the conference organisation, the first ever international scientific conference held in the Westfjords.
The conference was well attended, with 51 participants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, USA, Finnland, Germany, New Zealand and Canada, holding 22 presentations under 4 plenaries; Population perspectives, Interactions with other species and humans, Physiology and genetics and Consevation and managment. 8 posters were also sessioned during the conference. Of these The Arctic Fox Centre was responsible for 2 presentaions under „Consevation and managment“ and also sessioned 2 posters of its on going research.
The conference was dedicated to the memory of the late Prof. Páll Hersteinson, founder of The Arctic Fox Centre and a pioneer in the field of arctic fox research worldwide. On the final day fo the conference collegues, friends and family dedicated time to the rememberance of Páll.
The Arctic Fox Centre would like to thank all those who attended the conference and a special aknowledgment to those who prepared and presented to the conference on the valuable projects for which they work.
West Tours and Borea Adventures deserve a special mention for organising the logistics of the conference as well as the tours during the program period and Hótel Núpur for supplying the conference location, accommodation and enjoyable meals.
The conference would not have been able to take place without the support of the local communtiy, and to this end we would like to thank the municipalities of Súðavík, Ísafjörður, Bolungarvík, the ATVEST economic development agency and The Association of Municipalities of the Westfjords.
A final thanks go to the artist Arielle Dreams, from the united states, who designed a special card in p‘all´s memory, with all profits from its sale going towars the Páll Hersteinsson fund for arctic fox research.