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  • Anne Schoeffler | PolarTREC
    Classroom Access Resources Here Preexisting Relationships Resources Overview About Products Expedition Reports Collections Media Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Virtual Base Camp Members Anne Schoeffler Member Details Name Anne Schoeffler Occupation Teacher Organization Seton Catholic School Location Hudson OH United States Expeditions Climate Change and Pollinators in the Arctic 2016 About Anne Farley Schoeffler has been teaching sixth seventh and eighth grade science near Cleveland Ohio since 2003 and focuses on problem solving and investigation skills She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a much more recent Masters in Science Education from Montana State University She has backpacked and canoed in the backcountry in Minnesota Ontario Montana and Peru She shares this passion for the outdoors with her students through outdoor education camp outdoor classes an on campus ecosystem restoration project and service learning water quality testing and invasive species remediation She is the facilitator for an extracurricular philanthropy education program and is also an 18 year Girl Scout volunteer For fun she loves to hike read travel and spend time with her family Climate Change

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  • Arctic Sunlight and Microbial Interactions 2016 | PolarTREC
    the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has hosted hundreds of researchers and students every year since 1975 From the field station the team traveled to their sites by foot truck boat and occasionally by helicopter Expedition Map Journals 11 February 2016 A Lesson on Hibernation A Trip to the Museum On Tuesday we took a trip to the University of Alaska Museum of the North Although we could not see Denali from that point on campus I managed to take my first ever panorama picture of the horizon with the Alaska Range looming in the distance This is the view from outside the University of Alaska Museum of the North On the far horizon the shadows of the Alaska Range are barely visible And I was very pleased to see several committed cyclists demonstrating that with good gear we can brave winters much more severe than the ones in Chicago This cyclist is Read Journal 3 9 February 2016 A note on Alaska s size My students are aware that I grew up in Alaska So I must have just headed home correct It s a family vacation Not quite Alaska is Big Really Big From north to south Alaska spans 1420 miles that is a little bit more than the distance between Chicago and the Mexican border So here in Fairbanks I am more than a 5 hours drive away from my hometown And the climate is way different than anything I encountered near the southern coast of Alaska A map showing the distance between my hometown Big Lake and Fairbanks Alaska But that doesn t compare to how far away I ll be this Read Journal 1 8 February 2016 An Aurora Welcome to Alaska Electrons Colliding in the Atmosphere The Aurora in the air last night over our hotel room were bizarre to watch They are a seemingly alien thing moving and dancing thanks to the interaction between a star and the magnetic molten center of a watery rock The Aurora borealis appear when electrons from solar winds are accelerated by the Earth s magnetic fields and then collide with gases in the atmosphere The ends of the Earth are a special place where it is possible to observe phenomena that reveal so much about our planet as a whole The achievement of science astounds me sometimes Read Journal 4 Expedition Resources Chino Valley People Dieuwertje Kast Article Arctic Dieuwertje Kast was mentioned in the Champion Newspapers of Chino Valley Her quote mentioned PolarTREC Her quote was Dieuwertje Kast of Chino was included by Forbes Magazine in its 30 under 30 listing representing the field of science Her work at the University of Southern California JEP Joint Educational Project includes STEM education outreach and curriculum development with schools K View Article Project Information Dates 15 June 2016 to 15 July 2016 Location Toolik Field Station AK Project Funded Title Photochemical and microbial processing of newly exposed carbon in the arctic ecosystem

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  • Ivy McDaniel | PolarTREC
    Classroom Access Resources Here Preexisting Relationships Resources Overview About Products Expedition Reports Collections Media Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Virtual Base Camp Members Ivy McDaniel Member Details Name Ivy McDaniel Occupation Teacher Organization Golder College Prep Location Chicago IL United States Expeditions Arctic Sunlight and Microbial Interactions 2016 About Ivy McDaniel is in her third year teaching biology and AP biology in the city of Chicago In addition to teaching Ivy also coaches the after school underwater robotics team She holds a master s degree in science education from the University of Chicago and a master s degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Berkeley Ivy is particularly focused on empowering students to take control of the classroom and teaches science through a combination of open inquiry and student led discussion of research Ivy sees the classroom as the perfect place to exercise scientific thinking and practices and can t wait to bring what she learns in the Arctic back to her students Arctic Sunlight and Microbial Interactions 2016 Team Documents Journals Title 11 February 2016 A

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  • Vegetation Impacts on Permafrost | PolarTREC
    the river bank is eroding and thawing the permafrost we sometimes find mammoth bones Expedition Map Journals 10 February 2016 The Arctic Ground Squirrel Arctic Ground Squirrels Stan Skotnicki handles a hibernating Arctic ground squirrel Today we took a break from the classroom and headed to the Museum of the North to meet with Jeanette Moore from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks to discuss the Arctic ground squirrel Jeanette has a lab designed to simulate temperatures required for the ground squirrels to hibernation in the wild Towards the end of our discussion she pulled out a cooler with a squirrel in it s hibernating cycle for all of us to hold This species is native to the Arctic and lives primarily on the tundra where it Read Journal 8 12 February 2016 Reflection Reflecting Reflecting on our week of orientation in Fairbanks AK I ve transformed from feeling overwhelmed to well prepared to embark on this journey This is due to the incredible staff from PolarTREC and ARCUS This team is responsible in sending 15 teachers from all over the country to remote places of Alaska Greenland Siberia and Antarctica Not to mention they will be studying on research vessels military planes camping on ice shelves working in the arctic tundra and even a diver studying under the ice in the frigid waters of Antarctica Logistically speaking I can t wrap my Read Journal 3 7 February 2016 Travelling to Faibanks AK from Buffalo NY Travelling to Faibanks AK from Buffalo NY Buffalo NY is well known for its cold temperatures and snowy climate maybe as a reference to the great Blizzard of 77 or more recently the Snowvember event of 2013 where local areas received upwards of 11 feet of snow in a matter of three days To Buffalonians this is the norm and we would consider Alaska to be frigid which was apparent as we stepped outside of the warmth and comfort of the Fairbanks airport The air was crisp and cold as every breath immediately condenses and any exposed skin feels tight Steps in the snow at temperatures well Read Journal 2 Project Information Dates 18 June 2016 to 1 August 2016 Location Cherskiy Russia at the Northeast Scientific Station Project Funded Title Vegetation and Ecosystem Impacts On Permafrost Vulnerability Meet the Team Teacher Stanley Skotnicki Cheektowaga Central Middle School Cheektowaga NY United States Stan Skotnicki teaches Earth Science and Physical Science at Cheektowaga Central Middle School outside of Buffalo New York He is in his eleventh year of teaching science and holds a B S in Earth Science Education and a M S in Educational Technology from SUNY College at Buffalo State In the classroom Mr Skotnicki helps his students to see how their daily activities impact climate change locally and on a global scale He hopes to inspire curiosity and questions in the minds of the young scientists in his classroom When not teaching Mr Skotnicki enjoys spending his time with his wife discussing

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  • Stanley Skotnicki | PolarTREC
    Media Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Virtual Base Camp Members Stanley Skotnicki Member Details Name Stanley Skotnicki Occupation Teacher Organization Cheektowaga Central Middle School Location Cheektowaga NY United States Expeditions Vegetation Impacts on Permafrost About Stan Skotnicki teaches Earth Science and Physical Science at Cheektowaga Central Middle School outside of Buffalo New York He is in his eleventh year of teaching science and holds a B S in Earth Science Education and a M S in Educational Technology from SUNY College at Buffalo State In the classroom Mr Skotnicki helps his students to see how their daily activities impact climate change locally and on a global scale He hopes to inspire curiosity and questions in the minds of the young scientists in his classroom When not teaching Mr Skotnicki enjoys spending his time with his wife discussing books or exploring the outdoors by cycling surfing hiking and skiing During the summer of 2015 Mr Skotnicki worked as a field assistant studying how vegetation impacts the depth of permafrost in Alaska He is excited to continue the research by becoming part of

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  • Chukchi Sea Borderland | PolarTREC
    does one prepare for research in the Arctic Sessions on logistics have included topics such as safety gear clothing what to do in case of a bear encounter and using a satellite phone to communicate from remote areas Although some topics may seem to be mundane each is a critical component of preparing for travel and research in the Arctic or Antarctic This preparation helps to keep everyone on a research expedition safe so we can better focus on the science at hand Sandra Thornton successfully gets into a mustang suit While on the USCGC Healy I will have plenty of Read Journal 9 February 2016 The Elusive Aurora Borealis If one travels to Fairbanks the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a must see Reality however has shown the aurora to be an elusive treat The University of Alaska at Fairbanks has an aurora forecaster and there are additional web based forecasters available Even when conditions are favorable this is no guarantee that one will see the aurora After late nights early nights and periodically checking through the nights our group has caught only brief glimpses of the lights Last night the group traveled beyond the lights of Fairbanks in pursuit of the aurora Despite no aurora Read Journal 7 8 February 2016 My PolarTREC Journey Begins I sat in the Norfolk airport awaiting my early morning flight Warm boots backpack stuffed with snow pants heavy socks and an assortment of turtlenecks to keep me warm in Fairbanks Alaska As I contemplated my motivation for wanting to be a part of PolarTREC s research in the Arctic or Antarctic I thought about the challenge of the new and unknown Change pushes us beyond our comfort zones but it is through this change that we learn and grow So six months after submitting my application I m off to Fairbanks for PolarTREC orientation This week will afford me opportunity to meet my Read Journal 1 Project Information Dates 2 July 2016 to 10 August 2016 Location USCGC Healy Northern Chukchi Sea Project Funded Title Ocean Exploration Chukchi Borderland project Meet the Team Teacher Sandra Thornton Broadwater Academy Exmore VA United States Sandra Thornton teaches biological and physical science courses at Broadwater Academy on the Eastern Shore of Virginia A narrow peninsula that separates the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean the Eastern Shore s abundant natural resources set the stage for extending classroom studies in marine and environmental sciences A lifelong love of science fostered by parents and teachers who encouraged her to explore the world around her motivates Mrs Thornton to instill this same love of learning in her students Thornton holds B S and M S degrees in Biology and feels fortunate to have a career that allows her to combine a passion for science with working with teens When not teaching Mrs Thornton is an avid reader who loves to travel and explore with her husband View Member Profile Researcher Iken Katrin University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks

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  • Sandra Thornton | PolarTREC
    Classroom Access Resources Here Preexisting Relationships Resources Overview About Products Expedition Reports Collections Media Archive Find a Resource Contribute Fast and Fun Facts En Español Search form Search T eachers and R esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Virtual Base Camp Members Sandra Thornton Member Details Name Sandra Thornton Occupation Teacher Organization Broadwater Academy Location Exmore VA United States Expeditions Chukchi Sea Borderland About Sandra Thornton teaches biological and physical science courses at Broadwater Academy on the Eastern Shore of Virginia A narrow peninsula that separates the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean the Eastern Shore s abundant natural resources set the stage for extending classroom studies in marine and environmental sciences A lifelong love of science fostered by parents and teachers who encouraged her to explore the world around her motivates Mrs Thornton to instill this same love of learning in her students Thornton holds B S and M S degrees in Biology and feels fortunate to have a career that allows her to combine a passion for science with working with teens When not teaching Mrs Thornton is an avid reader who loves to travel and explore with her husband Chukchi Sea Borderland Team Documents Journals Title 11

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  • Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra 2016 | PolarTREC
    and all supplies have to be brought in either by snow machine or on foot depending on conditions The cabin is also home to a team of sled dogs so things get pretty noisy around meal times The sampling site Carbon in Permafrost Experimental Heating Research CiPEHR is a tundra ecosystem warming experiment located in Alaska s discontinuous permafrost zone Expedition Map Journals 10 February 2016 How Cold is it Really in Alaska Too Cold for a Desert Rat For a desert rat like me from New Mexico Fairbanks Alaska in February curls the hairs in my nose and chatters my teeth But yet Fairbanks is still balmy compared to the arctic circle where the mean annual temperature is 10 C How does a mammal survive this extreme cold At the Museum of the North I learned that Urocitellus parryii the arctic ground squirrel has evolved to survive and thrive in this frozen landscape by hibernating from September to April Hibernating is not an uncommon survival strategy in cold climates However the arctic ground Read Journal 4 9 February 2016 The Importance of Color in Alaska A Blanket of White As you may know winter in Alaska means snow Here in Fairbanks the snow is not piled high just inches really but the streets are permanently icy because the cold prevents any of the snow from melting Not even the application of salt lowers the temperature enough to melt the ice on the road As a result the roads are mighty treacherous cars seem to slide easily and even just walking around takes concentration if you are not to slip and fall Shadows in Fairbanks Alaska at noon on February 14th during the PolarTREC orientation Fairbanks Alaska Bright is Read Journal 5 8 February 2016 Return to the North The Return of the Crazy Not So Young Girl The lure of studying an arctic ecosystem has tantalized me ever since my first visit to Alaska over thirty years ago when as a young crazy girl I tramped through the Brooks Range hitched hiked the Alaska highway from Skagway to Anchorage and tried my hands at a fish hatchery on the Kenai Peninsula I applied to PolarTREC with the hope of returning to this North land to soak in both beauty and ecology And Also As an environmental scientist and educator I have been deeply concerned about how climate change is impacting the earth s Read Journal 2 Project Information Dates 30 July 2016 to 30 August 2016 Location Approximately 8 miles off the Parks highway near Healy Alaska Project Funded Title Carbon in Permafrost Experimental Heating and Drying Research CiPEHR and DryPEHR understanding the effect of warmer drier conditions on permafrost thaw and carbon cycling Meet the Team Teacher Karen Temple Beamish Albuquerque Academy Albuquerque NM United States Karen Temple Beamish has taught 8th grade Earth Systems Science and high school Environmental Biology at Albuquerque Academy for 18 years In addition to teaching science Karen is her school s sustainability

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