The expedition members visited several research sites in Greenland as part of an initiative to foster enhanced international scientific cooperation between the countries of the United States, Greenland, and Denmark.
The expedition members spent several days learning about the research conducted in Greenland, the logistics involved in supporting the research, and they gained first-hand experience conducting experiments and developing inquiry-based educational activities.
The 2009 expedition built on the 2008 expedition and was supported by the National Science Foundation. The project was developed through cooperation with the U.S.-Denmark-Greenland Joint Committee, which was established in 2004 to broaden and deepen cooperation among the United States, the Kingdom of Denmark, and Greenland.
The group traveled to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland and then to Summit Station at the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet, atop 3,200 meters of ice. Summit Station is a year-round scientific research station funded by the National Science Foundation.
Jennifer Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and outdoor recreation and her experiences as a guide, commercial fisher, naturalist, and parent eventually led her to pursue a career in education. Ms. Thompson thoroughly enjoys working with young children and engaging them in the natural world. She has taught kindergarten and first grade classes in Juneau, Alaska for ten years, and is currently spending a year in Arlington, Virginia as an Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Ms. Thompson is intrigued with polar science and thankful for the opportunities she has had to interact with scientists investigating climate change, and hopes to build additional collaborative relationships through PolarTREC. Ms. Thompson has two teenagers and loves everything outdoors—skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, climbing, boating and coastal beach walks!