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  • Mary Anne Pella-Donnelly | PolarTREC
    esearchers E xploring and C ollaborating Virtual Base Camp Members Mary Anne Pella Donnelly Member Details Name Mary Anne Pella Donnelly Occupation Teacher Organization Chico Junior High School Location Chico CA United States Expeditions Greenland Seabird Ecology About Mary Anne Pella Donnelly teaches science at Chico Junior High School in Chico California where her classes are activity rich lab oriented and focused on critical thinking skills Ms Pella Donnelly has taught science math computer science and health for 20 years and strives to help students get excited about science their environment and community involvement Ms Pella Donnelly serves on the Chico Unified District Curriculum Council is a presenter at the California League of Middle Schools Conference and is involved in the California Science Project She enjoys playing indoor soccer running and volunteers as a sport s mom for her two teenagers still at home Resources Title Type Calorimetry Lab Lesson Animal Monitoring Introduction Lesson Little Auks in California A research education collaborative model Presentation An Arctic expedition Article Little Auk Survival Challenge Lesson Journals Title 9 September 2007 I miss the quiet I miss the noiseI miss the time I miss the absense of time Read Journal 31 August 2007

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  • Kuril Islands Biocomplexity | PolarTREC
    reason has to do with transportation see below the other with the way that stores are organized here First in all of the stores things are behind the counters and you must ask the clerk for them This makes shopping more difficult when you don t speak very much Russian BUT generally the things that are Read Journal 16 August 2007 Yuzhno Sakhalinsk Well most of the work that we need to do before we head home for Seattle has been accomplished Colby Bre Matt Mike Ben and I have spent the last three days at the Sakhalin Regional Museum counting cataloging organizing sorting checking verifying cleaning photographing and making inventory lists of ceramics wood bone or lithic tools faunal materials lithic flakes samples of carbon sand and tephra and field equipment gear including tents boots tools spare sample bags life jackets shovels trowels and first aid supplies Whew We needed a finalized list count of all Read Journal Expedition Resources Salt Content and Freezing Water Activity Activity Arctic Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This activity was adapted from a TEA activity authored by Sandra Kolb Education Consultant Poulsbo Washington Kolene Krysl Westside Community Schools Omaha Nebraska Larry Rose Pleasanton Middle School Pleasanton California Wendy Slijk La Costa Canyon High School San Diego County California The original activity can be found at http tea armadaproject org activity kolb View Activity PolarTREC Reflection Journals Activity Arctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will independently explore the PolarTREC expeditions and reflect on the scientific questions discoveries and outcomes of the work that is or has been done Description Students will visit the PolarTREC website at www polartrec com where they will find a teacher who is in the field presently or was already in the field You may select one expedition a group of View Activity Permafrost Thaw Depth and Ground Cover Lesson Arctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Students are presented with an actual series of tundra photos which they use to develop a hypothesis for which sort of ground cover will have the most least permafrost depth Then they are given a set of actual data and use this to test their hypothesis Objective Students will understand what permafrost is and how it develops practice creating and testing a hypothesis learn View Lesson You are the Archaeologist Lesson Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview In this lesson students learn about what archaeologists do and then practice implementing these skills with real artifacts Objective Students will be able to define an artifact and an archaeologist use evidence to support their decisions about the origin and use of an unknown item Preparation Some of the objects that have worked well in this lesson are small odd shaped or View Lesson Mini Ocean Bathymetric Mapping Research Cruise Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than a

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  • Misty Nikula | PolarTREC
    Virtual Base Camp Members Misty Nikula Member Details Name Misty Nikula Occupation Teacher Organization Whatcom Day Academy Location Bellingham WA United States Expeditions Kuril Islands Biocomplexity Kuril Islands Biocomplexity 08 About Misty Nikula has taught math and science at Whatcom Day Academy in Bellingham Washington for nine years and in 2004 was awarded two Science Teacher of the Year awards Ms Nikula considers herself a scientist first then a teacher and encourages her students to see themselves as scientists as well Ms Nikula worked as a chemical engineer for five years before returning to school to get her Masters of Education Ms Nikula s own high school science teachers helped her develop a love for learning a curiosity that inspired her to seek out programs like PolarTREC where she can work in the field with scientists and bring her experiences back to her school and community Ms Nikula was a TREC teacher in 2004 Barrow Alaska and 2006 Kuril Islands Russia Resources Title Type Salt Content and Freezing Water Activity Activity Kuril Biocomplexity Project Web Link Permafrost Thaw Depth and Ground Cover Lesson You are the Archaeologist Lesson Mini Ocean Bathymetric Mapping Research Cruise Lesson Playground Profiling Topographic Profile Mapping

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  • Climate Change Svalbard | PolarTREC
    along the trail Read Journal 27 July 2007 Polar Bears Near Camp Friday morning we woke to news that there was a mother polar bear with two young cubs near base camp This of course was very exciting and we all hurried to the big windows near the kitchen to have a look We were forbidding to go outside and there were many calls placed to UNIS headquarters for counsel on our actions that day Polar bears are protected on Svalbard the last hunt was in 1972 and there are strict laws against pressuring harassing the bears They were about 200 300 meters away just poking around Photo ops were not good and not a single person had a serious zoom Read Journal 26 July 2007 Deploying Sediment Traps Thursday was a very full day of attaching temperature data loggers to rope with clinch ties cleaning the funnels and baffles of the sediment traps measuring the lines from buoy to rock anchor and placing the correct trap at the correct site in Linnevatnet I spent much of the day concentrating on the data loggers and measuring and recording trap lengths I also helped to deploy a few traps Once again hanging over the side of the boat having just muscled the large rock anchor over the side and attaching the traps to the rope in the icy water The traps cannot be attached on land Read Journal 25 July 2007 Kongessvatnet Wednesday the entire team set out for Kongressvatnet the smaller but very deep lake above Linnevatnet The hike is about 45 minutes from the south shore of Linnevatnet and the first mile or so is up a very steep rocky hill before it settles out into a flat walk the rest of the way about another 1 1 2 miles This lake is interesting because it is so deep has very clear water and has higher chemical proprties due to an inlet with high hydrogen sulfate gas The lake has such low turbididty because of low primary productivity low algae and it is not fed by the glacier which would Read Journal 27 July 2007 Linnebreen Tuesday July 24 Steve Roof and I hiked up the valley in this case up is south to service the Galcier Cam and check on the lichen stations The hike was moderatly up hill over fine rock river plaine large coarse rocks and then finally over moraines left by the glacier The pace was brisk and the weather was overcast but comfortable at about 4 degrees celcius 39 F I asked lots of questions to steve as we hiked and he patiently explained details like mass balance the relationship between glacier formation and glacier degredation and the multitude of Read Journal Project Information Dates 17 July 2007 to 2 August 2007 Location Svalbard Norway Project Funded Title Climate Change in Glacier River Lake Ecosystems in Svalbard Norway Meet the Team Teacher Matt Moore Kents Hill School Kents Hill ME United States Matthew Moore

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  • Matt Moore | PolarTREC
    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 Matt Moore Member Details Name Matt Moore Occupation Teacher Organization Kents Hill School Location Kents Hill ME United States Expeditions Climate Change Svalbard About Matthew Moore teaches High School Biology AP Environmental Science Lake Ecology Conservation Biology and Field Biology at Kents Hill School in Kents Maine Mr Moore is very interested in climate science in particular how anthropogenic factors of climate change may be influencing arctic ecosystems and cultures Mr Moore was very happy to broaden his knowledge and skills by participating in this expedition in order to better teach young people about the Earth s ecosystems and their role in it Journals Title 28 July 2007 Bears are Back Read Journal 26 July 2007 Deploying Sediment Traps Read Journal 27 July 2007 Polar Bears Near Camp Read Journal 25 July 2007 Kongessvatnet Read Journal 27 July 2007

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  • Expedition Search | PolarTREC
    The research team explored remote regions of the seafloor around McMurdo Station Antarctica with a specially developed remotely operated vehicle ROV for underwater research The ROV could be deployed through a small 15 cm hole in the sea ice enabling access to regions beyond scuba diving depths at 40 170 m The researchers located historical experimental structures on the sea floor around McMurdo Station and investigated the colonization of these structures by species of sessile Follow Expedition Oden Antarctic Expedition 07 Dates 24 November 2007 to 11 January 2008 Location Icebreaker Oden Teacher Lollie Garay What Are They Doing Lollie Garay journeyed across the world to participate in a unique co operative endeavor between the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and the U S National Science Foundation NSF Along with researchers teachers and other personnel from Sweden and the United States Ms Garay boarded the Swedish icebreaker Oden in Punta Arenas Chile and traveled to McMurdo Base in Antarctica finally returning home via Christchurch New Zealand The scientific objectives of the cruise were to collect a Follow Expedition 2008 Human Impacts in Antarctica Dates 12 November 2007 to 20 December 2007 Location McMurdo Station Antarctica Teacher Ann Linsley What Are They Doing Antarctica represents one of the most strictly monitored habitats on Earth In addition to the desire to protect the flora fauna and atmosphere of a relatively pristine environment Antarctica serves as a baseline barometer of global pollution McMurdo Station is the largest human community on the Antarctic continent and as part of its obligations under the Antarctic Treaty s Protocol on Environmental Protection the U S is developing a long term monitoring program designed to describe the Follow Expedition Antarctic Ice Sheet Studies Dates 26 November 2007 to 1 January 2008 Location West Antarctic Ice Sheet WAIS Antarctica Teacher Brandon Gillette What Are They Doing Mr Gillette and a team of researchers and technicians from the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets CReSIS spent two months documenting conditions at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet WAIS divide using a variety of techniques including weather observations GPS ice coring radar and seismic sensing The team characterized the base of the ice sheet by determining for example the amount of water and sediments under the ice which were used to help interpret ice core data Similar Follow Expedition South Pole Ozone Changes Dates 4 December 2007 to 16 January 2008 Location South Pole Station Teacher Elke Bergholz What Are They Doing Ms Bergholz traveled to Antarctica in 1999 as a TEA teacher to collect data on atmospheric ozone Since then ozone depletion and global warming have become even more urgent international concerns Late 2007 Ms Bergholz joined Dr Hofmann once again at the NOAA Clean Air Facility at the South Pole Station to collect new data on atmospheric ozone to compare with the data they collected in 1999 Ms Bergholz and Dr Hofmann measured the positive influences of the Montreal Protocol on Follow Expedition Antarctic Weather Stations Dates 21 December 2007

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  • Bering Ecosystem Change | PolarTREC
    ice is dynamic it flows with the wind direction much like a glacier or river flows with gravity The ice flowing southward stacks up on the northside of the island and flows to the outside edges At the outside edges of the islands the ice forms ridges The ridges are formed when two ice floes are pushed together pushed upward and downward forming a Read Journal 23 March 2008 Thick Ice South of St Matthew We were within sight of St Matthew Island yesterday Tony Fishbach USGS biologist with the Alaska Science Center wanted one more shot at tagging a walrus in the polynya south of St Matthew He had a tag that he wanted to place in the southern end of the Bering Sea Ecosystem study area Lee Cooper chief scientist with the science expedition agreed to give him time to look for walrus in helicopter It would give Dr Cooper time to experiment with his underwater camera system that was having problems earlier in the cruise It had warmed up to 10F with only 25 mph winds One of the lasers Read Journal 23 March 2008 Easter Sunday Wow Lobsters in the Bering Sea Who would have known that we would come across a relative to the Maine Lobster on the Healy And Angus cattle Actually it is Easter Sunday so the Coast Guard opened up the rations and found some steak and lobster for dinner A great meal was had by all of the science and US Coast Guard crew This morning started out with a terrific sunrise actually the sunrise in past couple of days has been nothing short of spectacular Today was special There were two sundogs equidistant from the sun It was near zero degrees Fahrenheit with wind speeds approaching Read Journal 21 March 2008 What tales What in this world Dr Sue Moore NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center National Marine Mammal Laboratory is conducting research with acoustic sonobouys hydrophones and qualitative observations of marine mammal distributions The use of acoustic sonobouys has become a reliable tool in detecting the distinctive calls of large whales in offshore waters such as the Bering Sea The sonobouys are deployed over the side of the ship approximately 1 2 miles from the Healy to minimize ship noise as it approaches a sampling station A hydrophone is deployed through a hole in the ice when the scientific teams are Read Journal 21 March 2008 Spectacled Eiders Bingo Researcher Jim Lovvorn of the University of Wyoming saw two Spectacled Eiders Somateria fisheri flying low to the Northeast I was with Dr Lovvorn in a Bell Ranger helicopter flying on a Spectacled Eider survey south of St Lawrence Island in the north Bering Sea on Wednesday March 19 2008 We were on our last transect of the night We followed the birds for about a half mile until they dipped down lower to a large open lead We lost them in the background of the open water Even though we

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  • Greenland Atmospheric Studies | PolarTREC
    the hardest adjustment With time and air conditioning I am learning to cope with the scorching temperatures But let Read Journal 14 July 2008 Finding my way home July 14 2008 Monday Finding my way home There s no place like home Packing up equipment and long travels have left me weak and worn but I after 2 nights sleep in a MY BED I am refreshed once again and I wanted to take time to fill you in on the trip home So settle in this is fixin to be a short novel instead of a journal entry July 10 2008 We were scheduled to leave Summit Camp at 7am we were all ready to go when we heard that the plane was having mechanical problems in Kanger and wasn t able to leave on time Finally several hours later the Herc arrived to drag us Read Journal 12 July 2008 Homebound July 12 2008 Saturday Homebound Sorry there has been no communication from me in several days I have made it from Summit to Kangerlussuaq to Scotia NY and now I am finally in the airport in Albany NY waiting for the next plane to take me to Minneapolis then finally to Billings I didn t have internet because I was stayng at the Hotel Umimmak in Kangerlussuaq Greenland instead of the KISS building Kangerlussuaq International Science Support operated by the US National Science Foundation to post updates so I will make a short one now from the airport and tomorrow I will Read Journal 9 July 2008 July 9 2008 Wednesday Saying my Goodbyes July 9 2008 Wednesday Saying my Goodbyes We have been breaking down and moving equipment for 17 hours In 4 hours I will be up and readying my gear to leave the ice sheet I would write more but I am worn to the bone Tomorrow afternoon we should arrive in Kangerlussuaq I will give a full report of our departure and adventures in Kanger at that time I can t believe I am actually leaving after 37 days And I ll be home in 3 more Stay Warm Read Journal 8 July 2008 Teachers at Summit July 8 2008 Tuesday Teachers at Summit The next few journals might be a little shorter than usual We are feverishly tearing down equipment in order to have everything packed and ready by Wednesday evening Katrine and Christine haul the first of MANY pieces of science equipment out of Sat Camp Today we were lucky enough to welcome several teachers and students from the US Greenland and Norway They flew in early this morning and were immediately rushed out to Sat Camp so we could give them a tour of all the research projects They will stay here for two nights and will Read Journal Expedition Resources Teacher will bring experience of Greenland Article Arctic All Ages Download PolarTREC Teacher Craig Beals talks about his experiences at Summit Greenland in this online version of an article

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