U.S. Science Team
"Coming home is one of the most beautiful things." -Andre Rieu As we made our way further from Cherskiy the world became strangely familiar. Even though we were still in Siberia, Yakutsk seemed…
Amanda Ruland Records Data at a Cherskiy Transect
Amanda in the Arctic: A Photo Diary Amanda Ruland Records Data at a Cherskiy Transect Amanda Ruland uses a point intersect plot to gather information on vegetation Measuring the active layer of…
Jill Young processes soils
On the Path to Becoming A Scientist Jill Young, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father was in the Air Force, in turn she spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. Her…
Seed Predation Exclosure
The Scientific Method in Action Observe. Question. Hypothesize. Design. Collect Data. Analyze Data. Draw Conclusions. Share. Repeat. Observation: Many factors attribute to whether or not a…
Larch Boreal Forest
Fire Severity and Overcoming Obstacles "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust Background Information: What is carbon?…
Shipping Containers
Remote Just how remote is Siberia? Evidence of the Arctic's seclusion from the rest of the world is scattered as far as the eye can see. What arrives in Cherskiy, Russia, rarely leaves. Rusting…
The tilt of the earth on its axis
The Arctic Circle: Where the Sun Never Sets June 21st marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Banners line the streets and music blares from nearby tents. In Cherskiy, Siberia, the…
Seed Predation Experiment
Collecting Data The meticulous collection of data is a critical component to any scientific inquiry. It is also potentially the most time consuming and logistically challenging element of any…
A Gift
The Northeast Science Station: Pleistocene Park We landed. It's in the 80s, hot for this region. Two men, dressed in fatigues board the plane to check our passports. After visiting each passenger…
Preparing Soil Samples
Soil Science: Getting to the Dirt With climate change, we are seeing trends of more severe fires in arctic boreal forests. Severity in this sense, refers to the amount of carbon lost during a…
A good book can take anyones mind off of turbulence
In Transit Flight 1: Laramie to Denver "All the planes in Denver are currently grounded," a husky voice announced over the intercom. We may be here for a while... the thought running through…
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Flags (respectively from top to bottom)
Fly Your Flag in the Arctic Circle Art Contest After learning about the Arctic environment and Ms. Ruland's upcoming expedition to Siberia, students were challenged to design a flag for the…