06.01.2012 - 12:53

In memorian of two sentinels

Páll Hersteinsson with an injured young kittiwake, in Hornstrandir July 1998. Photo: NAVE/ERU
Páll Hersteinsson with an injured young kittiwake, in Hornstrandir July 1998. Photo: NAVE/ERU
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Two of our greatest sentinels departed this life late last year, with only one month interval: professor Pall Hersteinsson,  (b. 22.3. 1951, d. 13.10. 2011) and Kristjana Guðný Samúelsdóttir, our "Jana Sam" (b. 12.5. 1918, d. 13.11. 2011).

Kristjana came to the centre on the opening summer 2010 and became thrilled - for two reasons. Firstly, she knew the house from the past and was delighted to see how well it had been renovated. Secondly, the idea and the concept of The Arctic Fox Centre pleased her a lot, being an entrepreneur herself, both in heart and practice. She insisted on donating money to the centre and so she did, before she went to sleep that same day. We were grateful to Jana and the "Jana´s Fund" was established. From the beginning, we have deposit all free donations given to the centre into this fund.
After Jana´s departure, her friends and family have donated us through "Jana´s Fund" in her memory. We are grateful for the support and proud in behalf of late Jana, since this was her will. We will use the money from "Jana´s" fund to improve the Arctic Fox Centre and do our best to use the money well.

Pall Hersteinsson was a respected and efficient scientist, both in Iceland and abroad. His studies on the arctic fox, since the early 80´s, have resulted in valuable information on the biology and population dynamics of the species in Iceland and worldwide.

In the memory of Pall Hersteinsson, his colleagues from Northern Norway (e.g. at The Norwegian Polar Institute & The University of Tromso) have donated The Arctic Fox Centre a generous amount. We are largely grateful for this donation and proud to keep up Pall´s name by continuing his work on studying the arctic foxes in Iceland.

The amount from the Norwegian scientist group will serve as an establishment of a new fund in the name of Pall Hersteinsson. We will have this fund open so that everyone can donate into it, in the name of our late mentor.  The aim of this fund will be to promote studies on the arctic fox in Iceland and enhance international collaboration in arctic fox research.

For those who want to honour the memory of Páll or Jana, we have the account numbers and further information on the "Support us" page, to the left. Those who want their name to be mentioned or wish to have a donation card sent, please contact us at (melrakki[@]melrakki.is).

With kindest regards and great gratitude

On the behalf of the arctic fox centre

Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir, director
tel: +354 862 8219, e-mail: melrakki[@]melrakki.is

Further information:

JANA´S FUND - IBAN: IS58 0154 1525 0394 6609 0710 60 - SWIFT: NBIIISRE

PALL´S MEMORIAN FUND - IBAN: IS96 0154 1520 0526 6609 0710 60 - SWIFT: NBIIISRE