What Are They Doing?

A CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) instrument comes up from the depths of the Chukchi Sea. Aboard the USCGC Healy.
A CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) instrument comes up from the depths of the Chukchi Sea. Aboard the USCGC Healy.
This is an observational research program evaluating changes in the Pacific Arctic ecosystem in response to sea ice declines and other climate related processes. The approach is to undertake repeat sampling of specific locations that are biologically diverse or rich in production to detect change, and also to use the capabilities aboard the USCGC Healy to undertake process oriented experiments that address specific issues such as ocean acidification, changes in biological productivity and other areas of sampling that can be addressed by shipboard sampling and experimentation.

Where Are They?

An aerial view of the USCGC Healy in the Chukchi Sea.
An aerial view of the USCGC Healy in the Chukchi Sea.
They will be ship-based aboard the USCGC Healy in the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas.

Expedition Map

Ship-based, northern Bering and Chukchi Seas
Project Funded Title
The Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO)-Northern Chukchi Integrated Study (NCIS): Hydrography, Sediment, and Macrofaunal Population Dynamics
Piper Bartlett-Browne - Educator
St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Piper Bartlett-Browne is a high school science teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH. In addition to her teaching, she also serves on the Teacher Advisory Council at the New England Aquarium and runs a science internship program for high school students in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire. Piper has also personally participated in research through the RETE Program where she worked on The Living Bridge Project looking at the effects of pollutants and potential environmental impacts on local watersheds.

Piper’s teaching philosophy is to encourage students to engage in hands-on activities that generate data to investigate the application of academic concepts to real-world scenarios. She seeks to connect her students directly with the scientific community in order to foster enthusiasm and awareness, thus encouraging them to see themselves as genuine contributors to science.

Piper has a passion for the outdoors and living in New Hampshire gives her the opportunity to hike and ski. She enjoys traveling and exploring the underwater world through scuba. Piper is excited for this opportunity and to bring her experience back to her students.

Lee Cooper - Researcher
University of Maryland

Lee Cooper is a research scientist with the State University System of Maryland, and has been working in the Arctic for approximately 30 years on interdisciplinary research problems. He is interested in high latitude oceanography, but has also worked on land, and in freshwater systems. His research specialty is biogeochemistry and he presently studies biological changes in the northern Bering Sea. He is committed to public service in support of improving arctic research through service on committees, organizing workshops, and teaching and public outreach responsibilities through the University of Maryland. Read more about Lee Cooper here [http://arctic.cbl.umces.edu]

Latest Journals

In 1947, the United States Air Force (USAF) created the fascinating, and sometimes controversial, Arctic Aeromedical Laboratory (AAL) based out of the Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, AK. With the close of WWII and rising tensions with Russia, the United States saw the arctic as a potential…
As my Honors Biology students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School shuffled out of my third block class, my phone rang. It was Sarah Bartholow on the other end of the line and my heart began to race. “Dr. Lee Cooper would like to work with you for the 2019 PolarTREC season!” With remarkable calmness…

Northern Chukchi Integrated Study Resources