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Cristina Solis


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Occupation: Teacher
Organization: LA Academy

In addition to teaching life and physical science, Ms. Solis has also taught math, leadership, cooking, and even belly dancing in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Ms. Solis earned her Masters from Columbia University in New York City, earned her Bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, and completed a study abroad at Oxford University in England. Always looking for ways to improve her practice and grow as an educator, Ms. Solis actively participates in professional development with organizations such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), and the World Forestry Institute (WFI). In 2009, Earthwatch selected Ms. Solis to assist in research on coastal ecology in the Bahamas. Ms. Solis is currently a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Teacher Fellow.

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Buggy bugs

Hi Steve,

Some of the other insects I've seen are flies, bees, and water boatmen insects. The flies and bees are bothersome, but the water insects are not.

We use a sophisticated and highly sensitive machine to conduct our greenhouse gas measurements so when the bugs follow us...{read more}

July 30, 2012 - 10:10pm

Thanks Bill!!

I'm so happy that you're reading my journal entries!! Thanks! I'm having a good time out here. I have a corny sense of humor (ask my students!!) And it's nice that my researchers are goofy too!


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July 29, 2012 - 4:45pm


Thank you for reading my journals!! The snow was fun! Being from Los Angeles, where we NEVER see snow, it was just crazy experiencing a snow fall in the summer!!!

One thing that I found out that's a total bummer is that if you want to do cartwheels in the grassy Arctic...{read more}

July 29, 2012 - 4:50pm
Mosquito season

Hi Alexandra and everyone in Florida!!

Great question!!

The mosquitoes in Barrow are most prevalent during July and August. The remaining months of the year, the temperature is too cold and there is too much wind.


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July 29, 2012 - 4:54pm
Swimming with the fishes, errr, sea ice

Janet and Lisa,

Yes, the water was super cold. I think my fellow polar bear plunger, John Lenters, said it best "Well, I'm awake now!!!"

And yes, Lisa, I think you'll agree with me, no trip to the Arctic Ocean is considered complete, unless you have a "plunge."


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July 22, 2012 - 4:06pm
Research Parameters


I thought I recognized you!

The area we're testing in is 3 different depressions in the same lake basin. The depressions are about 2-4 meters away from each other. The soil chambers are all the same height and made the from the same size diameter PVC tubing.

Side...{read more}

July 17, 2012 - 10:17pm
Living in Barrow

Hi Steve,

The most difficult part about living and working in Barrow is predicting the weather. As I mentioned to Susan in another "Ask the Team" post, the day may start off cold and foggy, but end up hot with swarming mosquitoes. When I go out into the field, my backpack is full of "...{read more}

July 11, 2012 - 11:28pm
Food in Barrow


Thank you so much for writing!!

Food in Barrow, Alaska is very expensive since everything has to be shipped up here on airplanes - there are no roads that connect us to any other cities!! But the food we eat here is very much like other places in the USA. The main grocery...{read more}

July 11, 2012 - 10:38pm
Running Hot and Cold


The weather is crazy out here - it's foggy and cold one minute and then another minute it's hot, sweaty, and there are a ton of mosquitoes around. I start the day with 5 layers and I finish the day with 2 layers.

So we'll be taking soil samples once a week. With all this...{read more}

July 11, 2012 - 10:50pm
Hi Katrina, I'm so glad you

Hi Katrina,

I'm so glad you wrote!!

So my favorite part of my Barrow Independence Day was the Top of the World Baby Contest! Who doesn't love cute babies! Did you see the cute photos in my journal entry?

Back in Los Angeles, my typical Independence Day would be BBQing at a...{read more}

July 9, 2012 - 11:07am

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