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  • David Thesenga | PolarTREC
    Camp Members David Thesenga Member Details Name David Thesenga Occupation Teacher Organization Timberline PK 8 Location Longmont CO United States Expeditions Ice Shelf Flow and Fracture Dynamics About 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

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/member/david-thesenga (2016-02-14)
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  • Operation IceBridge Antarctica | PolarTREC
    Airport Expedition Map Journals 9 February 2016 Staying Warm Arctic Clothing and Hibernating Animals Warm Clothes Today was a day filled with new learning and fun experiences We started off by learning how to take great pictures from a PolarTREC alum Bill Schmoker and then plunged into presentations on videography with our tech team Zeb Ronnie and Joed While some of us are less practiced at these things it comes more easily now than even two days ago Kelly and I took some photos together standing by the Operation IceBridge poster we have in the room Maggie Kane Antarctic and Kelly McCarthy Arctic will work on Operation IceBridge this Read Journal 1 8 February 2016 Lights in the Sky What s That in the Sky Through science fiction movies we have become familiar with forcefields those invisible shields that protect a spaceship or planet from certain destruction But its fiction right Wrong Actually our very own planet Earth has a real forcefield called our magnetic field This shield protects us from destructive rays and particles most of which come from our very own star the sun After traveling all the way to Earth 93 million miles the suns discharged particles encounter something new our atmosphere Check out this diagram The Earths atmosphere Read Journal 4 8 February 2016 Hearing the News Hearing the News I was in class when the call came from Sarah I had been carrying my phone around with me all day because I knew I needed to answer if I was going to get THE call My students didn t know why I would take a call IN CLASS that made me huddle in the corner of the room so when Sarah quickly told me that I had been selected by the NASA researchers I had interviewed with a few weeks earlier I gasped and my kids all started asking if I was alright My eyes were wide and my breath came quickly I I said breathlessly I m going to fly over Antarctica next Fall with Read Journal 1 Project Information Dates 15 October 2016 to 15 November 2016 Location Punta Arenas Chile and airborne over Antarctica Project Funded Title NASA Operation IceBridge Meet the Team Teacher Maggie Kane Lake County High School Leadville CO United States Maggie Kane is fascinated by snow and ice studying climate science since 1985 when she ventured to Baffin Island to study the chronology of debris flow events Graduating from Hampshire College with a degree in geology and earning teaching credentials from Prescott College Maggie started 15 years of teaching middle school Earth and space science Maggie joined the TREC program studying climate change in Svalbard in 2006 and received her MS from Montana State University in 2010 Maggie chose to become an instructional coach and academic dean at high elevation Lake County High School in Leadville CO where she works with teachers and students in the 7th and 8th grades developing strong instructional practices as a new Expeditionary

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/operation-icebridge-antarctica (2016-02-14)
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  • Maggie Kane | 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 Maggie Kane Member Details Name Maggie Kane Occupation Teacher Organization Lake County High School Location Leadville CO United States Expeditions Operation IceBridge Antarctica About Maggie Kane is fascinated by snow and ice studying climate science since 1985 when she ventured to Baffin Island to study the chronology of debris flow events Graduating from Hampshire College with a degree in geology and earning teaching credentials from Prescott College Maggie started 15 years of teaching middle school Earth and space science Maggie joined the TREC program studying climate change in Svalbard in 2006 and received her MS from Montana State University in 2010 Maggie chose to become an instructional coach and academic dean at high elevation Lake County High School in Leadville CO where she works with teachers and students in the 7th and 8th grades developing strong instructional practices as a new Expeditionary Learning school A NOAA Climate Steward and enthusiastic collaborator with polar scientists Maggie has won numerous local and regional awards as well as placing 3rd in the national Thomas

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/member/maggie-kane (2016-02-14)
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  • Tough Tardigrades | PolarTREC
    ice covered lakes ephemeral streams and extensive areas of exposed soil within the McMurdo Dry Valleys are subject to low temperatures limited precipitation and salt accumulation The dry valleys represent a region where life approaches its environmental limits and is an end member in the spectrum of environments included in the LTER Network The overarching goal of MCM LTER research is to document and understand how ecosystems respond to environmental changes Where Are They Crary Lab at McMurdo Station Antarctica Photo by Sarah Diers We are based out of McMurdo Station and spend time between the Crary Laboratory and the field camps in Taylor Valley The field camps include F6 camp Fryxell camp and Hoare camp The McMurdo Dry Valleys are located on the western coast of McMurdo Sound and form the largest relatively ice free area on the Antarctic continent The perennially ice covered lakes frozen alpine glaciers and extensive areas of exposed soil and permafrost within the McMurdo Dry Valleys are subject to low temperatures limited snowfall and salt accumulation Expedition Map Journals 6 February 2016 PolarTREC Orientation 2016 Yukon Quest I arrived here in Fairbanks early Saturday Morning after a long day of canceled and delayed flights My bag didn t arrive with me so I am glad I thought to put my coat hat and gloves in my carry on I came to PolarTREC orientation one day early to see the start of the Yukon Quest Twenty three teams are competing this year in the 1000 mile race It was fun walking by all of the teams as they made last minute preparations checking sleds and fitting booties on the dogs Teams started in 5 minute intervals As a team queued up the dogs were besides themselves with anticipation Read Journal 3 Project Information Dates 15 December 2016 to 5 February 2017 Location McMurdo Station and Dry Valleys Antarctica Project Funded Title Tough Tards The biodiversity and ecological role of tardigrades in Antarctic soil ecosystems and how they can serve as a model organism for engaging 7 12 grade science students Meet the Team Teacher Joshua Heward Timpanogos High School Orem UT United States Josh Heward teaches Zoology Biotechnology and AP Biology at Timpanogos High School in Orem Utah where he shares his passion for biology by involving his students in authentic research experiences He has helped his students participate in research projects on behavioral ecology of black bears biodiversity of tardigrades symbiotic relationships of nitrogen fixing bacteria and legumes and sequencing the genome of a halophilic microbe in the Great Salt Lake He is excited to involve his students in Antarctic research though PolarTREC In addition to his love for teaching Josh enjoys backpacking skiing bird watching hunting playing board games and spending time with his wife and daughter View Member Profile Researcher Byron Adams Brigham Young University Provo UT United States Byron is an evolutionary ecologist in the Department of Biology at Brigham Young University where he teaches Biology Molecular Biology and Evolutionary Biology

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  • Joshua Heward | PolarTREC
    Webinar Login For Researchers Overview Join Researcher Application Researcher Webinar Researcher FAQ Why Host a Teacher Quotes From Researchers Visiting a 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 Joshua Heward Member Details Name Joshua Heward Occupation Teacher Organization Timpanogos High School Location Orem UT United States Expeditions Tough Tardigrades About Josh Heward teaches Zoology Biotechnology and AP Biology at Timpanogos High School in Orem Utah where he shares his passion for biology by involving his students in authentic research experiences He has helped his students participate in research projects on behavioral ecology of black bears biodiversity of tardigrades symbiotic relationships of nitrogen fixing bacteria and legumes and sequencing the genome of a halophilic microbe in the Great Salt Lake He is excited to involve his students in Antarctic research though PolarTREC In addition to his love for teaching Josh enjoys backpacking skiing bird watching hunting playing board games and spending time with his wife and daughter Tough Tardigrades Team Documents Journals Title 6 February 2016

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/member/joshua-heward (2016-02-14)
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  • Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory 2016 | PolarTREC
    which time temperatures become too low for planes to operate safely About 40 people stay there the rest of the year which is known as wintering over IceCube has two people dedicated to overseeing the operation of the telescope during this period at the South Pole Journals 11 February 2016 Seeing the Northern Lights It s 4 30am and I wake up to a phone call The Northern Lights are out Come Quick I throw on a sweatshirt and sprint to a friend s room on the north side of the hotel Wow This was my first true sighting and The Lights did not disappoint A band of a greenish glow arched across the sky ending in a curtain rippling back and forth It proved quite difficult to photograph the lights with my measly iPhone so here s a look at The Lights a few days earlier taken with a high exposure camera courtesy DJ Kast People describe the lights as dancing and it s quite true they re very Read Journal 9 February 2016 Holding a Hibernating Arctic Ground Squirrel Today I held a hibernating squirrel Yep you heard that right A HIBERNATING SQUIRREL An Arctic Ground Squirrel to be exact Holding a hibernating squirrel a first for me Isn t she cute Photo credit Russell Hood Okay hold on back up a minute How can I a human hold a hibernating squirrel without waking it up Let s start from the beginning What is Hibernation Hibernation is the extended time period during which the animal experiences a reduced body temperature stops eating stops going to the bathroom enters an inactive state Who Hibernates and Why If you Read Journal 3 8 February 2016 How to Stay Warm When Antarctica s Oh So Cold Today I found out that the current temperature at the South Pole Station where I ll be going is about 40F with a windchill of about 70F Yep that s some bone chilling unbelievably freezing what did I get myself into cold Fortunately I will be issued Extreme Cold Weather ECW gear a head to toe outfit from the United States Antarctic Program USAP to keep me warm while I m down there Had to take the ECW gear outside to test it out Very toasty In case you can t tell I m wearing boots snow pants a jacket two gloves goggles to protect my eyes a scarf two hats and a Read Journal 2 7 February 2016 Can I Handle the Cold A Trial Run in Fairbanks So here I am in Fairbanks attending PolarTREC Orientation the first leg of a long adventure to come I am honored to be chosen as one of 15 teachers traveling to the arctic regions this year The research we re doing is absolutely mind blowingly amazing From polar gigantism think giant daddy longlegs living at the bottom of the ocean to surveying ice sheets using lidar from an airplane to my own project of detecting high

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  • Kate Miller | 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 Kate Miller Member Details Name Kate Miller Occupation Teacher Organization Washington Lee High School Location Arlington VA United States Expeditions Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory 2016 Featured Photos About Kate grew up a competitive gymnast but it wasn t until a high school physics class that she could truly make sense of the twists and flips Her curiosity was sparked as her two passions began to merge Kate continued to study physics at the University of Michigan and later earned a Master s of Education at the University of Pennsylvania Now Kate helps students explore their own curiosities at Washington Lee High School in Arlington Virginia She looks forward to sharing her Antarctic experiences with her students hoping to deepen their interest in physics by discussing cutting edge research about our universe Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory 2016 Team Documents Journals Title 11 February 2016 Seeing the Northern Lights Read Journal 9 February 2016 Holding a Hibernating Arctic Ground Squirrel Read Journal 8

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/member/kate-miller (2016-02-14)
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  • High Arctic Change at Ny Alesund | PolarTREC
    09 Project Location Ny Alesund Svalbard Norway Project Funded Title Svalbard REU Understanding climate change in Tidewater environments of the High Arctic Project Expeditions High Arctic Change 2014 High Arctic Change 2011 High Arctic Change 09 Project Members High Arctic Change 2014 Peggy McNeal Organization Los Coches Creek Middle School Occupation Teacher Julie Brigham Grette Organization University of Massachusetts Occupation Researcher Ross Powell Organization Northern Illinois University Occupation Researcher High Arctic Change 2011 Mark Goldner Organization Heath K 8 Elementary School Occupation Teacher Julie Brigham Grette Organization University of Massachusetts Occupation Researcher Ross Powell Organization Northern Illinois University Occupation Researcher High Arctic Change 09 Mike Rhinard Organization Riverglen Junior High School Occupation Teacher Julie Brigham Grette Organization University of Massachusetts Occupation Researcher Ross Powell Organization Northern Illinois University Occupation Researcher Project Description The Svalbard Archipelago has an arctic climate and is home to several large bodies of ice alpine glaciers in the mountains and tidewater glaciers that descend into the sea For the past 10 000 years the glaciers of this region have been receding and more recently researchers have noted a regional reduction in sea ice The research team which included undergraduate geoscience students participating in the Research Experiences Undergraduates REU Program traveled to Svalbard to research how high latitude glaciers melt water streams and sedimentation in the fjords reflect climate The Svalbard region is ideal for the study of past climate because several different types of measurements on and around glaciers can be conducted there Working out of small boats in the fjord and hiking to sites on land the team collected data to determine what relationships exist between current sedimentation glaciers oceans and climate Using the historic sedimentation record can help the researchers understand and better predict how glacial systems react to climate change Location Project Lessons

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/projects/high-arctic-change-ny-alesund-project (2016-02-14)
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