Branch with leafbuds and fuzzy flowers
Right now, it is easy for many of us to lose track of time and seasonal milestones. Indeed, with all the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, I nearly missed one of my favorite seasonal milestones. It…
Jar of copepods
There Are Fish! On October 23, 2019 I posted a journal about the different strategies MOSAiC researchers were using to study fish in the Central Arctic Ocean. Studying these fish is challenging.…
People in workout gear
Note: Thanks to Maggie Kane and the students in the Odyssey School of Denver Middle School for asking some great questions! Among the 11 questions they sent my way, 3 guided this journal post: Are…
Graphic of sea ice concentration in the Arctic
Sea Ice In the Bay, Like Seeing an Old Friend As air temperatures dropped during the first weeks of 2020, areas of sea ice have formed in Kachemak Bay. Approximately two months after the Akademik…
Chart of magnetic field
Finding North As I wondered what to write about this morning, my partner and I joked about a North Pole-themed journal. It is Christmastime for my family; in books, movies, and holiday décor we see…
Diagram of Met Sled
This diagram depicts a meteorological and atmospheric surface flux station sled. Image created by and used with permission from Friederike Kruger and Thomas Rakow. During MOSAiC Leg1a aboard the…
Researchers on ice in storm
Winds, Waves, and Winter I wrote the first version of this Journal Entry on September 24, 2019 as we were transiting across the Barents and Kara Seas to the sea ice edge. Our latitude at the time…
Russian sea ice research platform
Being on a Russian ice breaker has been a truly unique experience. One of the most fascinating parts has been learning about the history of Russian Arctic science. I had no idea that USSR/Russian…
Small sample of permafrost
As promised, I've been adding photos I took during the expedition to previous Journals. Check out 'Hey Bear!' for some new photos of polar bear guards and beautiful arctic landscapes. Earlier,…
Katie with piglets
Note: Now that I'm back home, I still have a lot to share! I'll be writing new journals about the science of MOSAiC every week or so, and updating photos on prior journals with ones taken during my…
Map of Sapmi (the land of the Sami)
October 28, 2019 Landed Latitude 69 degrees 50.7163 minutes North Longitude 18 degrees 59.5221 minutes East Air Temperature 0 degrees Celsius Variable wind, 0-5 knots Air Pressure 1008.9 millibars We…
Arctic cod that were caught in the mid-water trawl net. Aboard the R/V Sikuliaq in the Beaufort Sea. Photo by Lisa Seff (PolarTREC 2017), Courtesy of ARCUS.
#MOSAiC Expedition Update 23 October 2019 We are headed to a small bay on the coast of Russia. There we will say goodbye to the MI-8 helicopters and their crew before transiting back along the coast…