Hana Christoffersen and Mackenzie Lift look at the plants in a plot at the Barrow dry site.
Phenology is the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena. It is basically the science of when. When do polar bears hibernate? When is the caribou rut? When do plants bloom? Tundra Vegetation…
Steve Oberbauer and Jeremy May setting up the MISP Tram
Vegetation There are several ways to figure out what is going on with the vegetation on the tundra. Satellites can provide an overview of what is growing, but cloud cover can obstruct the ground and…
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Watch a video below about the Inupiaq and whaling! Our featured flag! Student Flag
Being from Texas, I'm not used to walking in the snow, but the hike to the field site in Barrow is relatively short and everyday there is less and less snow. The ground is like a sponge in some areas…
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As we were hiking out to the field someone spotted the tiny rodent. The brown lemming (Lemmus trimucronatus) feeds on tender grass shoots and sedges. Because they follow the same routes from their…
Slomo on phone
One of the first things you have to do before going out into the field is complete Arctic Field Training. Kevin Pettway of the Polar Field Service gave us a day long workshop about what dangers we…
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After a long day in the field, we need a comfy place to rest and The Nest provides that! It's located at the old Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, or NARL, outside Utqiagvik (Barrow). Here is a quick…
Group Photo
We jumped right in on my first day in Barrow! Hana Christoffersen led Rebecca Daigle, Hannah Clarida, Mackenzie Lift, SloMo, and I out to a few of the field sites. Group photo of our team for the…
I flew out of San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, stayed over night in Anchorage, then continued the trip on to Barrow, Alaska on Wednesday. It was a whirlwind day! Stay tuned for my first trip out on…
As part of PolarTREC Educator Orientation we took a couple of field trips. One of these was to Chena Hot Springs where we got to tour their Ice Museum. Enjoy the video below!
ECW Gear
During one of our breaks during Educator Orientation we filmed a little video. This gear will be worn by the educators traveling to Antarctica. It wasn't too heavy but it was really warm! Trying on…
Aboard the JOIDES Resolution
After travelling with me on an expedition in 2016 aboard the deep sea drilling ship the JOIDES Resolution, SloMo, a sloth puppet, joined my 7th grade class. SloMo during an evacuation drill aboard…