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  • Karen Temple-Beamish | PolarTREC
    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 Karen Temple Beamish Member Details Name Karen Temple Beamish Occupation Teacher Organization Albuquerque Academy Location Albuquerque NM United States Expeditions Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra 2016 About 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 coordinator environmental club sponsor and director of the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden Karen has participated in the Woodrow Wilson Environmental Institute in Costa Rica and in the Japan Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program More recently Karen has become an EE Capacity s Community Climate Change Fellow and a 2015 NOAA Climate Steward Karen received the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching She has a B S in Biology from the University of New Mexico and a M S in Environmental Science from Indiana University Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra 2016 Team Documents Journals Title 10 February 2016

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  • Deep Roots | PolarTREC
    with spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Brooks Range respectively Expedition Map Journals 9 February 2016 Encounters with a Sleeping Squirrel As part of Day 3 of orientation PolarTREC teachers spent part of the afternoon at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North Researcher Jeanette Moore shared her work with Arctic ground squirrels including information about their long winter hibernation Much of her field work has been conducted at Toolik Station A hibernating Arctic ground squirrel photo by Rebecca Himschoot Nothing can bring out the soft spot of even the most hardened science teacher like holding a sleeping small mammal The oohs and aahs were audible and it was heartwarming to watch each teacher Read Journal 5 8 February 2016 Where is Toolik Field Station Luxury in the Alaskan Bush Since the mid 1970s Toolik Field Station has served as a research center for scientists working in the Alaskan Arctic It is located north of the Arctic Circle approximately 350 miles from the Arctic Ocean Over the years the camp has evolved and grown and it is now the main research site for scientists working with the University of Alaska Fairbanks The mission of Toolik Field Station is to support research and education that creates a greater understanding of the Arctic and its relationship to the global environment To Alaskans with an interest in science Read Journal 2 8 February 2016 The Journey Begins Orientation or Bust Fairbanks in winter Over the years I have met many PolarTREC teachers and every single one of them has impressed me with their professionalism depth of knowledge and sheer love of science It is a dream come true to finally become a PolarTREC teacher After various interviews and my ultimate placement with a research team studying deep root systems in thawing permafrost at Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska the next step is an intensive week of training in Fairbanks AK I have committed to finally taking the plunge and learning to work with a Mac system Read Journal 1 Project Information Dates 8 August 2016 to 23 September 2016 Location Toolik Field Station Alaska and Healy Alaska Project Funded Title The role of plant roots mycorrhizal fungi and uptake of deep nitrogen in the permafrost carbon feedback to warming climate Meet the Team Teacher Rebecca Himschoot Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School Sitka AK United States Rebecca Himschoot is an elementary science specialist at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka AK where she has taught for 11 years Research shows students enter school thinking scientifically and Rebecca considers it an honor to assist the 400 2 5 grade students at her school in refining their inquiry practices With a BA from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master s of Education from Gonzaga University Rebecca has extended her professional learning through experiences such as NOAA s Teacher at Sea and the National Park Service s Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program A committed Alaskan Rebecca enjoys hiking

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  • Rebecca Himschoot | PolarTREC
    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 Rebecca Himschoot Member Details Name Rebecca Himschoot Occupation Teacher Organization Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School Location Sitka AK United States Expeditions Deep Roots Featured Photos About Rebecca Himschoot is an elementary science specialist at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School in Sitka AK where she has taught for 11 years Research shows students enter school thinking scientifically and Rebecca considers it an honor to assist the 400 2 5 grade students at her school in refining their inquiry practices With a BA from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master s of Education from Gonzaga University Rebecca has extended her professional learning through experiences such as NOAA s Teacher at Sea and the National Park Service s Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program A committed Alaskan Rebecca enjoys hiking time on the water and especially dark winters spent with good books Rebecca is looking forward to her PolarTREC expedition to Toolik Station as an opportunity to help students in Alaska better understand the rapid changes in the

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  • Southern Ocean Diatoms | PolarTREC
    our third day of PolarTREC orientation we traveled to the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks UAF to meet with researcher Jeanette Moore and one of her lab squirrels Read Journal 2 9 February 2016 The Teacher Becomes the Student What are you doing while you are in Alaska When I introduced the idea of PolarTREC orientation in Alaska and my specific expedition to my students they all expressed their support and interest in the opportunity They also started asking questions As a teacher I love hearing students questions and helping to guide them towards the correct answers unless I simply have no idea how to properly answer their question I found myself in this situation each time my students asked me about my trip to Alaska for the PolarTREC orientation The first and most popular question was Ms P Read Journal 11 8 February 2016 PolarTREC Orientation Let the Fun Begin Waiting is the Hardest Part I had been through this waiting stage before many many many times Little did I know that the wait was over I was going to Antarctica Let s not get ahead of ourselves here I am not heading to the frozen continent for about six months Instead of an update on ice ice and well ice let me tell you a little about how this process all began The Call that Changed Everything It seems like just yesterday that I received the call I was driving home from a rather challenging day at work and the phone rang I recognized the name on the caller ID and my Read Journal Project Information Dates 17 September 2016 to 23 October 2016 Location Western Antarctic Peninsula aboard the R V Palmer Project Funded Title Collaborative Research Investigating Iron binding Ligands in Southern Ocean Diatom Communities The Role of Diatom Bacteria Associations Meet the Team Teacher Cara Pekarcik North Quincy High School Quincy MA United States Cara Pekarcik received her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Southampton College of Long Island University in 2001 Upon graduation Cara began working as a staff scientist at The Whale Center of New England a non profit research organization in Gloucester MA where she studied demographics and behavior of large whales specifically humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae Cara s responsibilities also included the role of educator naturalist onboard thousands of whale watches Her enthusiasm for this aspect of the job steered her towards a career as a high school science teacher and in 2006 Cara began teaching at North Quincy High School NQHS in Quincy MA She received her Masters in Secondary Education Biology from UMass Boston in 2011 She brings her field experience to the various levels of general biology physical science marine science and zoology she teaches including incorporating an annual whale watch into her curriculum and conducting a seal necropsy with her students She also coaches volleyball and serves as the school adviser for the National Honor Society Chapter at NQHS In her time

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  • Cara Pekarcik | PolarTREC
    Member Details Name Cara Pekarcik Occupation Teacher Organization North Quincy High School Location Quincy MA United States Expeditions Southern Ocean Diatoms About Cara Pekarcik received her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Southampton College of Long Island University in 2001 Upon graduation Cara began working as a staff scientist at The Whale Center of New England a non profit research organization in Gloucester MA where she studied demographics and behavior of large whales specifically humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae Cara s responsibilities also included the role of educator naturalist onboard thousands of whale watches Her enthusiasm for this aspect of the job steered her towards a career as a high school science teacher and in 2006 Cara began teaching at North Quincy High School NQHS in Quincy MA She received her Masters in Secondary Education Biology from UMass Boston in 2011 She brings her field experience to the various levels of general biology physical science marine science and zoology she teaches including incorporating an annual whale watch into her curriculum and conducting a seal necropsy with her students She also coaches volleyball and serves as the school adviser for the National Honor Society Chapter at NQHS In her time away from

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  • Polar Gigantism in Antarctica | PolarTREC
    us virtually to give an overview of arctic science initiatives Professor Weintraub is an excellent communicator deftly weaving together Read Journal 3 8 February 2016 Polar Giants Getting Oriented I ve just seen the northern lights for the first time a long thin green ribbon of haze slowly spreading out above the lights of Fairbanks and then dissolving into the blackness of the 5 degree night air Rather than being awestruck and excited I get an overwhelming sense of peace It s 10 pm on Sunday February 7 and it s been a long weekend Leaving Friday Harbor for Seattle on the 8 am ferry yesterday I was reasonably certain that our week of PolarTREC orientation training would be thorough and even grueling It s not every day that I get flown to Alaska to join a group of 15 Read Journal 5 Project Information Dates 1 October 2016 to 15 November 2016 Location McMurdo Station Antarctica Project Funded Title Collaborative Research Body size oxygen and vulnerability to climate change in Antarctic Pycnogonida Meet the Team Teacher Timothy Dwyer Spring Street International School Friday Harbor WA United States I teach biology chemistry AP environmental science and algebra drawing heavily on my background as an experiential educator and marine ecologist to illustrate the process of science to my students I developed a foundational interest in science education working with students aboard traditional sailing vessels with Living Classrooms Foundation in Maryland and Ocean Classroom Foundation in Maine I expanded on this interest as a Marine Science Instructor with the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California where I reveled in exploring temperate subtidal community ecology with middle and high school students A native of Baltimore I hold a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and an MS in Biology Research from Northeastern University When not teaching at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor Washington I enjoy SCUBA diving cycling and sailing aboard my classic sloop Whistledown View Member Profile Researcher Art Woods University of Montana Missoula MT United States Dr Woods studies climate change and the physiological ecology of invertebrates The first major theme in his lab is temperature oxygen interactions in marine invertebrates focusing particularly on polar gigantism of sea slugs and sea spiders He studied gigantism in sea slugs during field seasons at McMurdo in 2006 and 2007 and is currently funded to work on gigantism in sea spiders The second major lab theme is the physiological ecology of plant insect interactions and he particularly focuses on climate change in the microhabitats where insects live He is an associate professor at the University of Montana Woods lab page View Member Profile Researcher Amy Moran University of Hawaii Manoa HI United States Dr Moran studies the physiological ecology and evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates with a particular focus on early life history stages embryos and larvae One major area of emphasis is the effects of temperature on the energy dynamics of growth and development and in recent

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  • Timothy Dwyer | PolarTREC
    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 Timothy Dwyer Member Details Name Timothy Dwyer Occupation Teacher Organization Spring Street International School Location Friday Harbor WA United States Expeditions Polar Gigantism in Antarctica About I teach biology chemistry AP environmental science and algebra drawing heavily on my background as an experiential educator and marine ecologist to illustrate the process of science to my students I developed a foundational interest in science education working with students aboard traditional sailing vessels with Living Classrooms Foundation in Maryland and Ocean Classroom Foundation in Maine I expanded on this interest as a Marine Science Instructor with the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California where I reveled in exploring temperate subtidal community ecology with middle and high school students A native of Baltimore I hold a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and an MS in Biology Research from Northeastern University When not teaching at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor Washington I enjoy SCUBA diving cycling and sailing aboard

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  • Ice Shelf Flow and Fracture Dynamics | PolarTREC
    including cooking cleaning field repairs and vehicle maintenance The only forms of communication at base camp are satellite phone and radio However there will be internet access at McMurdo Station before and after the time at field camp Journals 9 February 2016 Vancouver Vancouver This is it It all started with an exploding mountain In 1980 Mount St Helens erupted in Washington state destroying over 270 square miles of forest in a few seconds and sending a billowing cloud of ash and smoke 80 000 feet into the atmosphere The devastating effects of the eruption are clearly visible in this 2002 photo from the International Space Station On May 18 1980 the most amazing thing happened in the Pacific Northwest where I lived Mt St Helens erupted explosively sending a massive amount of material into the air for what seemed like days The title of this journal entry are Read Journal 4 8 February 2016 Return to Alaska Let s Do This The Prodigal Son Returns It s late and it s cold well I suppose those two things always seem to be true for Fairbanks Alaska in February In actuality it s 11 00pm and its 2 F not so bad when you consider the big scheme of things and how bad it could be It s been nearly 7 years since I returned to Fairbanks and even longer since I returned to Alaska in the cold of winter The Chena River running through the heart of Fairbanks doubles as another roadway during the winter I return to Fairbanks to begin my journey to Antarctica By October of this year I will Read Journal 1 Project Information Dates 3 October 2016 to 12 November 2016 Location McMurdo Station Antarctica Project Funded Title Collaborative Research Flow and Fracture Dynamics in an Ice Shelf Lateral Margin Observations and Modeling of the McMurdo Shear Zone Meet the Team Teacher David Thesenga Timberline PK 8 Longmont CO United States David Thesenga has been teaching physics chemistry and the earth sciences for 16 years to both middle and high school students in Pasadena New York Chicago and Longmont Colorado From watching the eruption of Mt St Helens to climbing the Cascades growing up in Oregon fueled his interest in the world around him and a desire to understand how his landscape was formed With an original interest in glaciology David earned his BS in Geology Geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and shifted to the mining industry in Cripple Creek Colorado After leaving mining he earned his Masters of Science in Teaching from Boston College and never looked back He has been a curriculum developer for the 7 10 Project of the California PreCollege Science Initiative CAPSI at the California Institute of Technology a faculty associate for math and science teacher preparation at Claremont Graduate University and is currently the editor of The Earth Scientist the journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association He was most recently named an Albert Einstein Distinguished

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