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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

Expedition Resources

Project Information

Dates: 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


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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.