Winter Sampling


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What Are They Doing?

During this cruise, the team collected some of the first winter information ever collected on the biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas. In particular, they studied a very small crustacean called a copepod. Copepods make up the base of the ocean food chain. In addition to studying the ecology, scientists on board were looking at chlorophyll, marine mammals, and birds. Data collected during the cruise was used to predict future impacts of climate change on the oceans.

Where Are They?

Carin describing where they are sampling.Carin describing where they are sampling.

The team lived and worked from the United States Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy. While on board, they traversed the Bering Sea and broke sea ice to reach the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The Healy was designed from the keel up for icebreaking and polar research in diverse fields of science and engineering. There are accommodations for up to 50 scientists. The Healy is designed to break 4 feet of ice continuously at 3 knots and can operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees F.

Expedition Map


Nearly two months have passed since I walked down the gangway of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy for the final time. Getting home the week of Christmas ensured there was plenty to do and last minute preparations to be made. Celebrating the holidays and the New Year, returning to the classroom and resuming my coaching duties made the past two months fly by. It is only now that I have time to put my reflections into writing. Having the opportunity to participate in an authentic research experience on the United States Coast Guards' ONLY operational icebreaker while working with...
After 28 hours of travel time through 4 airports, I have arrived at home at last. There are just a few days remaining before Christmas to prepare for the holidays. I will be posting some final reflections, travel pictures and of course more resources in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who followed our Winter Sampling expedition. It was truly an adventure of a lifetime!
The sun was gorgeous when we arrived off Dutch Harbor
Yesterday, we were able to conduct a final net tow before heading into Summer Bay, just off Dutch Harbor. As the Main lab was being “put away” around him, Dr. Campbell worked diligently to pick some last copepods for genetics analysis back in the lab. Dr. Campbell picking copepods The sunrise was beautiful in the Bering. It was as if the weather somehow knew we were nearing the end of our voyage and it should be cooperative. We caught glimpses of islands and plenty of birds throughout the day. You could not have asked for a more pleasant day to be on the water. Sunrise on the Bering...
What an honor...
Last night Healy took some major waves over the fantail, such large waves that the Aft Staging area door was damaged. HUGE wave over the fantail! The Aft Staging area is the location where much of the science equipment (VPR, multi-nets, ring net, Bongo nets) is stored. It is a compartment between the fantail and main science lab. There were reports of 5 feet of water in the room with “hot” electric lines and running heaters in the area. The DC's and EM's worked to repair the damaged door and manage any electrical issues. DC's working to repair the damaged Aft Staging area door...
Large wave crashes over the fantail
The weather in the Bering Sea is continuing to make Science operations difficult. We are operating in the worst seas we have seen this voyage. Huge waves crashing over the fantail caused a few problems. The fantail and focsule areas of the ship were secured due to high seas. Large wave crashes over the fantail The MST's and MK2 Schumacher were called to the fantail to close vents. These vents were leaking seawater into the steering room every time a wave crashed over the fantail. They also fastened a few loose items down. The Science party gathered in the AftCon to watch the...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

2 November 2011 to 22 December 2011
Location: USCGC Healy in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas
Project Funded Title: A Winter Expedition to Explore the Biological and Physical Conditions of the Bering, Chucki, and Southern Beaufort Seas

Meet the Team

Chantelle Rose's picture
Graham High School
St.Paris, OH
United States

Chantelle Rose has been intrigued by the out-of-doors her entire life. As a child she enjoyed camping trips with her family, canoeing expeditions, and spending every day of every summer outside. Her resulting sense of adventure has led her to travel to three continents and earn a seat on a sub-orbital spaceflight. She choose the field of education to inspire, excite, and engage students in the amazing opportunities that abound for them! She has been teaching since 1995 and has taught every grade level. Chantelle received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Urbana University in 1995. She received her Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton in 1998.

Ms. Rose currently teaches at Graham High School, where she has taught Environmental Science, Physical Science, Science in Ohio, Science Proficiency Lab, and Biology I. Her students have the opportunity to explore aviation in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers, visit Ordovician bedrock to learn about ancient Ohio, and utilize their school land lab to study the local flora and fauna.

Ms. Rose also serves as a Volunteer for Girl Scouts and organizes school and recreation Pee Wee Cheerleading. Her hobbies include traveling and spending time enjoying nature with her family.

Carin Ashjian's picture
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA
United States

Dr. Carin Ashjian studies marine biology and ecology with a special interest in the ecology of zooplankton in the Polar Regions, as these ecosystems may be significantly impacted by climate change. Her studies have taken her to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. For eleven years, she worked near Utqiaġvik/Barrow AK using a research vessel to study how and why this region is a feeding hotspot for bowhead whales during their fall migration from Canada to the Bering Sea. She also has worked from much larger research vessels, the USCGC Healy and the R/V SIkuliaq, to study zooplankton in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas. Past research has taken her to the Sea of Japan, the Norwegian Sea, Georges Bank, the Gulf Stream, and the California Current. She is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she has worked since 1995.