International Continental Shelf Survey
Meet the Team
Teacher - Bill Schmoker
Bill Schmoker is an Earth Science teacher at Centennial Middle School in Boulder, Colorado. He holds a Secondary Earth Science Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's degree in Secondary Science Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has been teaching for 17 years. Additionally, Mr. Schmoker works with pre-service teachers, is a member of Centennial's Technology Committee, has authored, edited, and consulted on many Earth Science Education products, and has held many leadership roles at the building and district levels throughout his career.
Mr. Schmoker is also passionate about birding and bird photography. For several summers he has conducted bird monitoring transects for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. He has been an instructor for the American Birding Association's Youth Birding Program and for their Institute for Field Ornithology. Bill has photographed over 600 species of North American Birds, and his photos appear internationally in numerous books, magazines, web sites, and interpretive signage. When not teaching or birding Bill treasures time in his gardens and with his family.
Researcher - Helen Gibbons
Helen Gibbons is a public information scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. Ms. Gibbons works with USGS scientists around the country to publish informative articles about their coastal and ocean research in the monthly newsletter Sound Waves (http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/). She also helps researchers create written materials, displays, and hands-on activities for members of the general public interested in USGS science. She is looking forward to sharing ideas with the two teachers participating in the August 2010 Canada-U.S. joint Arctic expedition. Helen will serve as web coordinator for logs and images posted at the Continental Shelf Project Website (http://continentalshelf.gov/) before and during the expedition.
Researcher - Jonathan Childs
Jonathan Childs is a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. Mr. Childs scientific interests include using seismic reflection data to study and map the seafloor and studying the unique laws of the worlds oceans.
Researcher - Brian Edwards
Brian is a sedimentologist with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center who will serve as Chief Scientist aboard Healy during the joint U.S.-Canada extended-continental-shelf survey in August. He brings to the job more than 30 years of sea-going experience on 60-plus coring and geophysical cruises along the west coast of the United States, the Ross Sea (Antarctica), the North Pacific Ocean, and the Bering Sea. Brian specializes in sedimentary processes and stratigraphy, integrating insights gleaned from seafloor rock and sediment samples with information from remote-mapping products, such as close-up photographs of the seafloor, high-resolution bathymetric maps, and seismic-reflection profiles (sound "slices" through the seafloor that create an image like rocks exposed on the walls of the Grand Canyon). His recent studies have focused on how sediment moves from the land to the deep sea, processes controlling submarine landslides, saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifer systems, marine pollution, and seafloor habitats.
Where are They?
The team will live and work from the United States Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy. The USCGC Healy is a research vessel designed to conduct a wide range of research activities and can break through 4 ½ feet of ice continuously. The research team will board the ship in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, traverse the Bering, Beaufort, and Chukchi Seas and will disembark in Barrow, Alaska. The Healy will work in tandem with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent.
What are they Doing?
This joint U.S.-Canada research cruise will use two icebreakers to collect data to identify the edge of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. As needed, the Healy will break ice for the Louis S. St-Laurent while it collects data to map the geology of the subseabed. Scientists aboard Healy will also measure seafloor bathymetry, collect high-resolution subseafloor data, make ice observations, collect water samples, and monitor marine mammals and ocean noise through high frequency audio recording.
Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the continental shelf is defined as the stretch of the seabed adjacent to the shores of a particular country. Information from the cruise will help each country determine where they have rights over the natural resources of the seafloor, which include mineral resources, petroleum resources such as oil and gas, and animals like clams and crabs.
To learn more about the science of the expedition, please visit the Extended Continental Shelf Project website. In addition to a PolarTREC teacher, Caroline Singler, a NOAA Teacher at Sea teacher will also be aboard and you can follow her journals here.
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|Black-legged Kittiwakes & Herring Gull in the Arctic Ocean||Black-legged Kittiwakes are joined by an immature Herring Gull (maybe Vega Gull??) in the Canada...||Video|
|Gravity Coring Opps on USCGC Healy in Southern Beaufort Sea||Conducting gravity coring operations aboard the USCGC Healy in the Southern Beaufort Sea during the...||Video|
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|USCGC Healy experiencing the first ice of 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey||USCGC Healy experiencing the first ice of 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey in...||Video|