Perfect Evening at Molnes
After an outstandingly busy summer once I returned home, I finally have time to sit and read through my journal entries. My initial response is: "wow, I did all that!" Thoughts from Finland tumble…
Norwegian Bus
It is time for this adventure to close. I walked up Puksa behind the research station this morning, for one last look out across Kevo Lake and the fells of the Utsjoki Valley. This really has been…
Teabag Litterbags
Today is my last day at Kevo. Yesterday I had to say goodbye to the Petsikko Wetlands. We had a blast out there under a beautifully blue sky with enough cooling breeze to keep most of the bugs at…
Patterned Mire
The gas measurements we have been doing since I arrived are providing the control gas fluxes for Kim's experiment. Later in the summer, Kim will be adding chemicals to half of the collars, in an…
She has the data heebie-jeebies
Collecting data – the field work – is the fun stuff. That's all well and good, but at some point you have to sit down and figure out what story your data is telling you. Kim and I were able to sit…
Scots pine
There's something that has been a nagging curiosity since soon after I arrived at Kevo. There just are not many different tree species here. Now Fairbanks is not known for its great variety of tree…
Orava
Several times now the orava have come to visit as I sit and type by one of the windows in Juovva (where I am staying at Kevo). The Orava The orava is otherwise known as the Eurasian red squirrel.…
Carol Scott & Kim Miller
Kim and I will be participating in what we call a PolarTREC PolarConnect event this Thursday, June 13. We will be presenting LIVE from Kevo, and anyone can sign up to join us. Kim and I will…
Labrador Tea
Yesterday I attempted to explain why some soil microbes in wetland areas produce methane gas. In anaerobic conditions, carbon dioxide may be the only electron acceptor available. When this is the…
Another Soil Sample
I have mentioned in previous journals that it is soil microbes that produce the methane gas that we are measuring. So why and how are they doing that? Obviously the 'how' and the 'why' are…
Vial Labels
We are back in Kevo, and heading out to the field tomorrow. Today was therefore a day to get equipment ready. Still No Laser… The laser that analyzes gas samples in the field has not yet made it to…
Sami Kayak
A large part of the Arktikum (Rovaniemi's Lapland Museum and Arctic Science center that I talked about in yesterday's journal) was devoted to illustrating how people have lived and continue to live…