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…
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,…