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Early Spring Plankton and Benthos

Meet the Team

Teacher - Deanna Wheeler

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J. C. Parks Elementary School
Indian Head , Maryland
United States

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

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University of Maryland
Solomons , Maryland
United States

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]

Journals

July 6, 2009 Putting the pieces together

On our cruise, the scientists' areas of expertise are all different, like pieces of a quilt. All of the pieces are important to the whole quilt as they rely upon each other to make the quilt. The study of our quilt is called in the science community, Bering Sea Integrated Environmental Research...
On our cruise, the scientists' areas of expertise are all different, like pieces of a quilt. All of the pieces are important to the whole quilt as they rely upon each other to make the quilt. The study of our quilt is called in the science community, Bering Sea Integrated Environmental Research...

March 31, 2009 What do I hear?

Sounds aboard the Healy What do I hear? While in the ice, the ship can make sounds from birds chirping to loud bangs, squeaks and swooshes. Listed below are the sounds found at the end of the journal. Listen to the audio provided by Elizabeth Arnold to the ship cutting through the ice. Listen...
Sounds aboard the Healy What do I hear? While in the ice, the ship can make sounds from birds chirping to loud bangs, squeaks and swooshes. Listed below are the sounds found at the end of the journal. Listen to the audio provided by Elizabeth Arnold to the ship cutting through the ice. Listen...

March 31, 2009 Mapping - Part 3

Where are we in relationship with other places in the Northern Hemisphere? Maryland is almost half way around the world from the Bering Sea. Check out the map to see how far the Bering Sea is from the Maryland.   The next map captured as we arrived to Dutch Harbor shows the entire track of...
Where are we in relationship with other places in the Northern Hemisphere? Maryland is almost half way around the world from the Bering Sea. Check out the map to see how far the Bering Sea is from the Maryland. Can you find Maryland? The next map captured as we arrived to Dutch Harbor shows the...

March 30, 2009 The Floating Hotel

What is 420 feet long, 82 feet high, breaks ice up to 4.5 ft thick at 3 knots, and can travel 300 miles in open seas in 24 hours? It is the USCGC Healy. The Healy is the largest and newest Coast Guard cutter in the fleet. With new technology, the Healy can operate with fewer crewmembers than other...
What is 420 feet long, 82 feet high, breaks ice up to 4.5 ft thick at 3 knots, and can travel 300 miles in open seas in 24 hours? It is the USCGC Healy. The Healy is the largest and newest Coast Guard cutter in the fleet. With new technology, the Healy can operate with fewer crewmembers than other...

March 30, 2009 Experiments from Students

What happens to marshmallow when left out in the cold air for 2 days? Lets check the before and after pictures of the marshmallows.   A polar bear has black skin and white fur along with a lot of fat. Check out our model of a bear paw to see if the temperature is really warmer in the glove...
What happens to marshmallow when left out in the cold air for 2 days? Lets check the before and after pictures of the marshmallows.

Project Information

Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (BEST)-Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem
USCGC Healy, Bering Sea
8 March 2009
31 March 2009

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.

Resources

Title Date About Type
Salty or Not: A Taste of the Bering Sea Overview What happens to the salinity in the Bering Sea during ice and no ice conditions? Does it... Lesson
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

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