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Fairing well in Fairbanks!

Boreal forest on the drive to UAFA view of the boreal forest from the van as we drove to UAF We arrived in Fairbanks late Saturday and began our first day of PolarTREC training Sunday morning. We are officially PolarTREC educators and the 2019 cohort is full of eager, dedicated, and inspiring teachers! I've already learned a lot, and not just from PolarTREC administration, but from these educators. Hanging out with them over the last 24 hours has galvanized me.

Getting ready to work at UAFThe sign on our way to the elevator

Before leaving Texas, I was immensely nervous about the challenge that awaited me. Texas weather is nothing like Fairbanks, let alone the arctic environment of Barrow and Toolik, where I will join Dr. Steven Oberbauer and Dr. Jeremy May for field work in June. In addition to that, us educators have an important job ahead of us. We will be field assistants and we will be sharing important research with not only our schools and local community, but the world. My mind has definitely been put at ease, though, after hearing about past educators experiences, and getting to meet this new cohort of teachers that will also be joining field researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic. I feel so lucky to be a part of this team.

We have arrivedUnloading the van at UAF and walking into the building on our way to IARC

Throughout the last couple of days we have gone over what is expected of us and what we can expect out in the field. We've started to strategize and plan our work flow. The support of the PolarTREC staff and the enthusiasm and ideas that have been flowing from our cohort is infectious. I can't wait to get started!

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LAURA SANCHEZ said:

I would like to visit the arctic one day !!
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Sophia Castillon said:

How long was the ride to get there? That place looks amazing!!!!
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

It was about a 30 minute drive from Fairbanks.
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Arely said:

How long was the flight?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

Over 12 hours including layovers at the airport!
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Ricky chavarria said:

It's nice that you get to meet other teachers that have the same cause go to Alaska.
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Miguel Ramirez said:

It looks amazing
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Dominic Perez said:

What where your first thoughts when you arrived to Fairbanks?
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dayanara said:

WOW!! It all looks very beautiful.
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Juan said:

How nervous were you on a scale of 1-10
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

10!
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Nathan Salinas said:

Did u like traveling that long?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

It was a little bit of a headache, but worth it because once I got there it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.
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Shelby Salazar said:

The sunset looks pretty
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Aleck de la Cruz said:

It looks really pretty there.
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Nathalie Moreno said:

How much time did it take to get there?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

A little over 12 hours.
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Caleb Medellin said:

Was the building located in a collage or is it its own building/ buisness ?
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Jorge Ramirez said:

That is very nice.
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Michelle Martinez said:

I bet the views were amazing to see on the way over there.
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Guest said:

How big was the UAF?
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Ethan Kypuros said:

If you were ask to go to Sahara desert or Antarctica. Where would you go??
Emily's picture

Emily said:

How long did it take to get to the UAF?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

It was only a 10 minute drive from our hotel.
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Zuhailey Diaz said:

What other inspiring teachers were there with you?
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Paola Sedeno said:

Alaska looks so beautiful!
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Natalie Gomez said:

Whenever you officially got there , Was it as cold as you expected?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

I didn't not expect it to be that cold at night. It was very cold!
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Ashley Pina said:

How cold was it in the arctic?
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Janell Velasquez said:

The sunrise looked so pretty with its different colors
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Monica Moran said:

What was your reaction when you were told you got picked to be apart of the team?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

I was very happy at first, and then I got nervous.
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ximena segura said:

how many people were with you
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Annette Rodriguez said:

I would be just as nervous.
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Christopher Garcia said:

How tall were the trees?
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Alany said:

Looks like a very fun place to visit!
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Abigail Ledesma said:

What was one of the most interesting animals/plants that you saw
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

The moose we saw was really cool!
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Alan Villarreal said:

how low was the tempature
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Gabriel said:

what kinds of animals live in the area and do they have different features than the same animal but somewhere else example( I don't know if this is true but it's just an example) A fox that lives in a warmer area has a coat that is not as thick as a coat from one that lives in a colder area. (What adaptations do they have)?
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

The definitely have adaptations that are for colder climates. Some even blend in better in the snow.
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Garcia said:

The sunrise looks pretty!
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Emily Vazquez said:

Mrs.Martinez would you go again to Alaska to visit again.
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Alejandra Martinez replied:

Definitely.
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Isabella Alcala said:

That looks really fun.
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John Moreno said:

Must've been a really long, but cool trip.