Baby sik sik
Mosquitoes, Baby Squirrels, and Final Trapping Days I have been back in Oklahoma for just over a week now, cooking in 90-104 degree temperatures. I miss the 40-50 degree days back in the Arctic, but…
Tundra transformation
Did I mention that things change quickly in the Arctic? During my month at Toolik Field Station, Toolik Lake transitioned from almost completely frozen (with researchers walking on the ice) to…
Team Squirrel
Dealing with Goodbye Today was it. My last day working on the tundra. My last full day in the Arctic. My last day with Team Squirrel. Team Squirrel: Kate Wilsterman, Jeanette Moore, Cory Williams…
Team Squirrel's truck
Before the school year ended, some of my students asked great questions about my summer work in the Arctic. I think I have touched on most of them during the course of the past month, but I’ll do a…
Photo board
The photo board in the Dining Hall at Toolik is a great place to check to remind yourself of the names of other people in camp. People are sorted by the name of the lab space they work in, but not…
Alicia with Arctic ground squirrel
Alicia holding an Arctic Ground Squirrel (Purple-White; one of our favorites!) You’ve seen lots of pictures and video of captive Arctic ground squirrels, but not many of them in the wild. This…
storms at Atigun
Rainbows It rained off and on most of the day yesterday, preventing us from trapping in the morning. Even though it looked like more rain might be on the way, we decided to try to get some trapping…
Alicia cleans cages
We are now in the next stage of our phase shift experiment! The first steps Remember, we have two groups: the control group and the experimental group, with eight Arctic ground squirrels in each…
Midnight sun at Toolik
24 hours of light? All of these pictures were taken after midnight at Toolik Field Station So, you already know that it’s daylight the entire time I am here at Toolik Field Station (earning the…
Flowers near Atigun RIver
Fantastic Flowers The tundra went from brown to green in just a matter of days! Ground that was covered with dirt just last week is now blanketed with flowers and low, green shrubs. Mid-June at…
caribou bones
I ask a lot of questions here at Toolik. Some of them I pose to myself and puzzle over the answers independently, some I share with others. I have interviewed a few scientists while I have been…
Observation
When I first started teaching science, I adopted an idea from one of my colleagues (thanks, Jaime B!) to help students understand what it means to “observe” in science. Basically, observation…