What Are They Doing?

The team continued their work from 2007, investigating the role of carbon in arctic tundra ecosystems. Approximately one quarter of the world's soil organic carbon is stored at high northern latitudes in permafrost and soils. As the arctic environment warms, this carbon may be released to the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). The goal of this project was to understand how changes in a warming and drying arctic environment may affect the balance and stability of the arctic soil carbon. The team measured soil moisture, permafrost depth, carbon dioxide and methane gas in the soil and atmosphere, and surveyed plant composition, function, and primary productivity. They also used remote sensing as part of a larger project to investigate patterns of change across the tundra at various scales, from small local changes to landscape level changes.

Where Are They?

Ms. Eubanks and Dr. Oberbauer lived in the village of Barrow, Alaska and worked at sites outside of the village. Much of the field work took place at the Barrow Environmental Observatory, where many long-term environmental studies have been undertaken.

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Biocomplexity Associated with the Response of Arctic Tundra Carbon Balance to Warming and Drying across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales
Elizabeth Eubanks - Teacher
Teacher
St. Mark Catholic School

Elizabeth Eubanks is a New Orleans native who has spent much of her youth crabbing, fishing, exploring the bayous, and camping out west with her family. Being exposed to a broad spectrum of nature sparked her drive to pursue a zoology degree at Auburn University and a Master’s in Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mrs. Eubanks has taught integrated middle school science for 11 years and presently teaches at St. Mark Catholic School in Boynton Beach, Florida. Mrs. Eubanks teaches in order to share her passion for science with kids. Her lessons are filled with hands on activities in a stimulating environment in which students utilize real science to question, reason, think outside of the box, and to feel empowered by knowledge. Her motto is “We Are All Connected-We Are All Affected”. Mrs. Eubanks’ hobbies include photography, yoga, hiking, birding, camping, music festivals, travel, painting, knitting, and learning.

Steven Oberbauer - Researcher
Researcher
Florida International University

Steven Oberbauer is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Oberbauer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from San Diego State University, where he was first introduced to arctic research. He completed his Ph.D. at Duke University studying the ecophysiology of tropical trees in Costa Rica. Dr. Oberbauer currently researches climate change effects in both the Arctic and the Tropics, specifically how plants adjust to changes in their environment and resource availability.

Paulo Olivas - Researcher
Researcher
Florida International University

Paulo Olivas is a Ph.D student in the Department of Biology at Florida International University, under the supervision of Dr. Oberbauer. Paulo is originally from Costa Rica. He completed his undergraduate degree in Costa Rica in 2000 at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, where he majored in Forestry. He also holds an M.S. in Biology at Florida International University (2007). Paulo has been involved in several tropical and polar research projects.

Arctic Tundra Dynamics 08 Resources

In this article, PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recounts her experience bringing her students - three eighth-graders and two seventh-graders to a week-long research conference in Alaska. "Having my students present at an international professional science conference is above and beyond any experience that I can offer them as a science teacher".

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PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks traveled to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium with her students. They presented a poster about their experience as her students.

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Elizabeth Eubanks and St. Mark Catholic School students attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

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PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks hosted a webinar from Costa Rica with Arctic Tundra Dynamics team from Barrow, AK. They are completing similiar research at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

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Teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recently returned from a research trip to Costa Rica along with Steve Oberbauer, a professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. In 2008, they had traveled to Barrow, Alaska to study the role of global warming on Arctic ecosystems as part of a PolarTREC exition. In Dr. Oberbauer's words, "Elizabeth was so good in Alaska, I

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I, Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 – Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson to introduce my students to utilizing technology to document and share what they know, want to know and have learned about polar studies and environments.

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The objective of this lesson is for students to utilize recording devices (audio with or without video) and

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Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 – Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson to introduce her students to a wide variety of polar scientists and their research. Students will use the PolarTREC and other websites to learn about the various research projects that are going on at the poles. After students have tracked 10 polar scientists they are then

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Owl Research Institute Newsletter, the Roost, features PolarTREC teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks and the work she conducted in Barrow, Alaska in the summer of 2008.

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The Keep America Beautiful Network News newsletter highlighted the beach clean up coordinated during the summer 2008 in Barrow, Alaska by PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks. The "Changes in Latitudes" highlight is on Page 11.

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Los Angeles Times article highlights PolarTREC teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks preparations for her PolarTREC research experience in the arctic tundra of Barrow, Alaska.

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Short article highlights Elizabeth Eubanks presentation to Boynton Beach science teachers.

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Online version of the Arctic Sounder newspaper article describing the Arctic Ocean beach cleanup coordinated by PolarTREC teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks in Barrow, Alaska while she was there with researcher Steve Oberbauer on a PolarTREC expedition.

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This 2:43 minute NPR radio segment highlights the permafrost, tundra, and climate change research being conducted at the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium in Barrow, Alaska. Interviews during the report include researchers Steve Oberbauer, Paulo Olivas, and Steve Hastings. Report created by the Palm Beach Post and produced by Christine Dimattei.

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Online version of the front page article from the Palm Beach Post, highlighting the work of Florida International University researcher, Steve Oberbauer and PolarTREC Teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks who are working in Barrow, Alaska.

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This is a web version of an online article from the Palm Beach Post are about researcher, Steve Oberbauer, and his work in Barrow, Alaska. The article describes the work and some of the challenges he and the team are facing in conducting their research.

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Online version of the Palm Beach Post article showcasing winners of the 2008 Dwyer Award. PolarTREC Teacher Elizabeth Eubanks was one of five winners and will be traveling to Barrow, Alaska in the summer of 2008.

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Article from the online version of the Florida Catholic publication, highlighting Elizabeth Eubanks' Dwyer Award and upcoming PolarTREC expedition to Barrow, Alaska.

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Online article from the Palm Beach Post about PolarTREC researcher, Steve Oberbauer, and his work this summer in Barrow, Alaska.

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Article highlighting PolarTREC teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks' expedition and webinar from her expedition to Barrow, Alaska.

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News article from the online version of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about PolarTREC Teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks preparations for the field with her classroom in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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