Early Spring Plankton and Benthos
Meet the Team
Teacher - Deanna Wheeler
Passionate about land and water, Deanna Wheeler is inspired to make sure that "no child is left inside". Hands on, real science is her priority. From hatching, raising, and releasing yellow perch and horseshoe crabs to participating in a pilot sturgeon project, her students discover how connected they are to the world around them. Ms. Wheeler's love of learning and the outdoors meld together in her professional and personal life. She is dedicated as a teacher and as a citizen to better understand and protect the environment for positive impacts on individuals, the community, and the health of our environment. Ms. Wheeler cherishes time spent with her family, exploring, camping, kayaking, reading, and just having fun.
Researcher - Lee Cooper
Lee Cooper is a research scientist with the State University System of Maryland, and has been working in the Arctic for approximately 30 years on interdisciplinary research problems. He is interested in high latitude oceanography, but has also worked on land, and in freshwater systems. His research specialty is biogeochemistry and he presently studies biological changes in the northern Bering Sea. He is committed to public service in support of improving arctic research through service on committees, organizing workshops, and teaching and public outreach responsibilities through the University of Maryland. Read more about Lee Cooper here [http://arctic.cbl.umces.edu]
Where are They?
The team will be travelling on the icebreaker USCGC Healy to a sampling area in the northern Bering Sea. The Bering Sea lies to the west of Alaska and to the east of Russia. The team will depart from Kodiak Island, Alaska, and return to the port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, which is in the Aleutian Islands.
What are they Doing?
A diverse team of researchers will participate in the first of three research cruises this season in support of the Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (BEST) and the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP). Scientists onboard the ship will document late winter ocean conditions, study the biological communities found in sea ice, monitor the early spring plankton bloom, and investigate light penetration through open water and ice cover. Additionally, researchers will be examining the benthic communities living on the seafloor as well as observing an important benthic predator, the walrus. The region of the Bering Sea where the team is working is biologically rich and supports highly productive ecological communities of bivalves, gastropods, and polychaetes. These benthic communities have been changing over the past several decades, perhaps as a result of competing fish species moving north as the Bering Sea's waters warm.
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|PolarTREC Presentation in Maryland||14 November 2010||Polar researchers Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper, joined PolarTREC teacher Deanna Wheeler in a...||Image|
|Global Warming Lessons From the Arctic||20 June 2009||This article highlights climate change research on board the USCGC Healy in the spring of 2009 with...||Article|
|Deanna Wheeler on the USCGC Healy in the Bering Sea||30 March 2009||This Live from IPY event was a private event held with J.C. Parks Elementary School, and other...||Event|
|Parks teacher prepares to embark on an educational journey of a lifetime||13 February 2009||Charles County Public Schools teacher, Deanna Wheeler will spend 21 days on he USCGC Healy in the...||Article|
|Who is the Walrus?||20 May 2008||Online article from the New York Times, highlighting walrus ecology and the research conducted by...||Article|