GVSU and FUI team
Our class mascot, SloMo and I have arrived back home to Texas. The last month has been such an incredible experience. I learned so much about phenology, plants, and ecosystems, but mostly how science…
Jeremy May
How do we assess vegetation health in the Tundra? Using the LI-COR machine to assess photosynthesis Watch the video below to learn all about NDVI and a LI-COR machine.
Ground Squirrel
Ground Squirrels can be spotted everywhere around Toolik Field Station on a daily basis. They come across our path as we walk to the lab, or the run across the boardwalk as we head out to the plots…
Jeremy May
My last week in the Arctic has begun! Although I am sad, the team keeps me busy and I try to help out with whatever I can. Jeremy May at the Imnavait Tram Site Over the last few days we have…
Hanna and Becca
Permafrost is permanently frozen soil and you can find it underneath the entire North Slope of Alaska. It can be about 90-600 meters thick here, but near Toolik lake it is 200 meters thick.…
Toolik Lake
Toolik Lake is a kettle lake, which means it was formed by the melting of large blocks of buried glacier ice. It is 1.5km2 and at its deepest it is 25 meters. Two Food Webs Benthic The benthic zone…
Caribou at Imnavait
Most caribou are further north, where they can raise their young away from the constant buzzing and biting of mosquitoes, but if we are lucky, we can spot a few lone caribou near Toolik. Caribou at…
Moose and babies
The weather was beautiful so we did our best to finish field work early and took a trip in the afternoon south on the Dalton Highway. We drove over Anaktuvuk Pass out of the tundra and into the…
Polar Connect Event
Polar Connect Event We had a great time talking to you guys on Tuesday! Check out the YouTube video below to watch our live Polar Connect Event.
Snowy Tundra
Snowy Tundra in Barrow, Alaska The short answer is... we aren't entirely sure and people are still arguing about it. What we do know is Alaska's northern tree line follows the 10 degree C limit of…
SloMo and Vole
I had the opportunity to go out into the field with the vole researchers at Toolik Field Station. They go out three times a day to check the status of the traps they have laid out over a grid. One by…
Muskox
We went looking for muskox and we were not disappointed. These guys were hanging out along the Dalton Highway, eating away at the grass and willows, totally unphased by us taking pictures and video…