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21 June 2020 June Solstice
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…
31 May 2020 On Fragile, Speedy 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…
24 April 2020 So...Whatever Happened to the MOSAiC Expedition?
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…
20 March 2020 March Equinox
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…
20 February 2020 There are Fish!
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.…
26 January 2020 Living Healthy at 87 degrees North
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…
19 January 2020 Sea Ice in the Bay, Like Seeing an Old Friend
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…
25 December 2019 Finding North
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…
17 December 2019 How's the Weather Up There?
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…
4 December 2019 Winds, Waves, and Winter
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…
27 November 2019 Polyarnik and Russian Drift Stations
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…
20 November 2019 Sub-sea Permafrost -- It exists!
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,…