Birds silhouetted against the sky
Migratory birds fly over Homer, Alaska. Photo courtesy Nina Faust, Kachemak Crane Watch (2020) Here in Homer, Alaska signs of fall are all around us. Leaves are changing color, fireweed and…
Three people push a sled of equipment across the ice
After leaving the 'ice fortress' on July 29 the Polarstern motored slowly through the surrounding ice. Over the next few days, researchers and expedition crew from the Polarstern recovered equipment…
Chart of sea ice extent in July, 2020
An Update from MOSAiC The icebreaker Polarstern, nearby ice camp, and an atmospheric research balloon viewed from a helicopter. In early July, the ice floe was already riddled with many melt ponds…
Sun through ferns
The sun was still high in the sky when this photo was taken, at 5 pm on the June Solstice. As I write this, it is the June Solstice. The exact moment of solstice occurred a few hours ago, at 21:44…
A ship moves through a patchwork of Arctic sea ice
On Fragile, Speedy Ice The expedition jacket I have from the MOSAiC Expedition reads “A Year In the Arctic Ice.” While this statement was never true for any individual expedition member, it did…
People boarding helicopter.
Well, life has changed and I’ve been neglectful of my promise to post journals a couple times per month throughout the MOSAiC Expedition. I’m sorry. But I’m trying to be gentle with myself. Life…
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…