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  • Forest Response to Arctic Environmental Change | PolarTREC
    all of our samples This week I visited to Read Journal 25 July 2011 What to do With a Week Off in Alaska What does a PolarTREC teacher do when they have 10 days to fill in Alaska between expeditions The hardest part of this question is deciding just where to spend those days I chose to explore South Central Alaska and headed down to the Kenai Peninsula with my husband to explore the world of glacier and ocean two environments that are non existent in Colorado The perfect Alaska view fireweed mountains and snowfields The trip began with a long drive to Seward almost 400 miles south of Fairbanks Seward was named after William H Seward who was Lincoln s secretary of State and was Read Journal 10 July 2011 Cookie Monsters Making Cookies Dendrochronologist Style Our weather has taken a decided change for the wetter with occasional rain showers and gray clouds replacing our searingly sunny days So what can you do on grey days If you re a dendrochronologist like we are well two of us are dendrochronologists in training you make cookies Now these are not some kind of special tundra chip wonder made from some crazy blend of flour sugar butter and eggs These cookies are made from trees using sharp folding saws and a little bit of upper bodywork Kevin Anchukaitis and his special japanese folding cookie cutter We are cutting our Read Journal 10 July 2011 Gravel Bar Meanderings and the Bugfort Scale It s a beautiful evening as I sit on here on the gravel at the edge of Mancha Creek I d include a picture for you but it takes too many of those precious electrons to download pictures from my camera sort and prepare them and send them off through the ether So you ll have to use your own imagination tonight Don t worry I ll add lots of images once we return to Fairbanks next week NOTE somehow this journal didn t post while I was in the field so I am re posting it with all the bonus pictures I promised Here s the view from my creekside writing perch The light is beautiful Read Journal 13 July 2011 Back to Fairbanks We re back in Fairbanks where the electrons flow like water or perhaps just like electrons from that funny little thing that is attached to the wall of my dormitory room here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus Today is a day for drying and re packing gear catching up and updating journals and photographs I will be adding some pictures and new and improved text to some of the journals and relaxing The electrons flow like water The transition from the field to what some call the civilized world is often a bit abrupt It is even more abrupt when you are magically Read Journal Expedition Resources Timelines in Timber Inside a Tree Ring Laboratory Article Arctic High school and Up Download An

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  • High Arctic Change 2011 | PolarTREC
    if the visibility is bad the plan can t land or takeoff Luckily the visibility improved enough so we said our good byes to Ny Ålesund and here Read Journal 10 August 2011 Farewell to Ny Ålesund and Thank You to Kings Bay Closing up Shop We ve just packed up all the science equipment and are heading off to Longyearbyen where we ll spend our last two days before coming back to the U S Moving the boxes to the dock where they can be shipped home I want to take the opportunity to close out my time in Ny Ålesund by writing a bit about this remarkable community We all shout out a huge THANKS to our hosts here from Kings Bay and the Norwegian Polar Institute who have helped make this a wonderful month Given how comfortable this little town is it s not that hard to forget that you re in the Arctic That Read Journal 9 August 2011 Packing Day Yesterday we did our last bit of science we picked up the HOBO to finally bring it back to the lab Rebecca Liz Daksha and I said goodbye to the glacier for the last time It was fitting that the waves and wind were pretty strong on the way back so we had a bumpy wet ride for our last ride out there Last night we held one final webinar for PolarTREC I continue to be impressed by how clearly the REU students are able to communicate about their research While I have learned so much from Ross and Julie I have also learned a great deal from the students Daksha talking during last Read Journal 8 August 2011 Reflections by REU student George Roth Today s journal is written by REU student George Roth who is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle where he is majoring in oceanography George on a hike just outside of Ny Ålesund looking out over the fjord I ve often been asked why a kid who grew up on a potato farm in Idaho became interested in the Arctic During the summer after my freshman year I went on a month long University of Washington course experience where we traveled along the west coast of Greenland with two geology teachers learning about climate change glaciers and the Greenland Ice Sheet I loved the Read Journal Expedition Resources Field Hospitality Article Arctic Less than 1 period High school and Up Download and Share This outreach piece in Nature describes the aspects of bringing various guests on field science expeditions The PolarTREC program is a focus amongst the programs providing some best practices as the author offers advice to scientists considering the addition of guests on expeditions View Article CISE Course Earth Sciences with Mark Goldner and Team in Svalbard Norway Event Arctic About 1 period This 1 hour webinar was part of the C ISE online course being offered by PolarTREC and the University of Alaska Fairbanks

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  • Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica | PolarTREC
    70 journals with over 500 photos 22 on line sessions with students Read Journal 20 October 2011 One Final Splash The Diving It s really hard to put into words the experiences we shared under the ice The 2011 diving season had some amazing moments for our group There are too many to try to name so I ll just leave the diving with a few amazing pictures from my last dive and a couple of accomplishments from our diving group A beautiful photo of the underwater landscape with the ice overhead and the sea floor covered Photo courtesy of Steve Rupp We saw lots of Weddell seals active in the shallow water on our last dive Photo courtesy of Steve Rupp We saw this amazing sea star moving with Read Journal Expedition Resources STEM Education through PolarTREC Expeditions Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Article discussing STEM implications of Michael League s expedition studying Marine Worms in Antarctica View Article Will Antarctic Worms Warm to Changing Climate Article Antarctic All Ages n a PolarTREC teacher Michael League and researchers at the University of Delaware are examining tiny worms that inhabit the frigid sea off Antarctica to learn not only how these organisms adapt to the severe cold but how they will survive as ocean temperatures increase This article from the University of Delaware website outlines the research being undertaken to determine whether the environment View Article CISE Course Event with Annamarie Pasqualone in Antarctica Event Antarctic n a This event was a 1 hr overview of Marine Life Science in Antarctica by Annamarie Pasqualone for the CISE Fall 2011 course and other interested educators View Event Michael League with Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica expedition at McMurdo Station Event Antarctic n a This PolarConnect live event is a one hour presentation by PolarTREC teacher Michael League and the research team studying Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica The team covers field logistics what they have found and what the next step is in the scientific process View Event Real Cool Class Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Article on teacher Michael League s PolarTREC expedition to study marine worms in Antarctica View Article Michael League and the Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica Expedition Event Antarctic n a This PolarConnect Event was with teacher Michael League and a team of researchers in Antarctica They are looking at adaptations of marine worms The event focused on adaptations and biomes Length approximately one hour View Event Michael League and the Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica Expedition Event Antarctic n a This PolarConnect Event was with teacher Michael League and a team of researchers in Antarctica They are looking at adaptations of marine worms The presentation was given a part of a teacher training in energy curriculum Length approximately one hour View Event Michael League with the Adaptations of Marine Worms expedition at McMurdo Station Antaractica Event Antarctic About 1 period This PolarConnect Event was with teacher Michael

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  • Antarctic Sub Glacial Lake and Stream Studies | PolarTREC
    the way home Right now I m in Sydney Australia waiting for my flight to the U S It will be a 15 hour flight that takes me to Dallas Texas I m NOT looking forward to the plane ride but I ll be happy to be home By the way I m writing this on December 14 in Australia but it s only the 13th in the U S I have several journal entries to post but I m going to do it when I m at a better and more secure internet connection Please check back over the weekend or on Monday for some new entries This tree Read Journal 10 December 2012 Helicopters The WISSARD project won t be using helicopters but many of the projects do There is no way you can ignore them They are thumping around in the sky all day long and the heliport area is just outside the Crary lab where I spend quite a bit of time To learn more about helicopter operations in the Antarctic today the outreach team went down to visit with John at the heliport John s job is to schedule helicopter time oversee the heliport and make sure that cargo and equipment are ready to go It s an important job for the research teams because for many of them the only way they can Read Journal Expedition Resources Chilling Adventures Lesson Antarctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Exploration of the Antarctic continent did not occur until the late 1800 s and the South Pole was first reached on December 14 1911 Courage planning and technology have been the main components of Antarctic exploration from the earliest days This classroom activity is designed to highlight the historical elements of the past 100 years of exploration in Antarctica and provide View Lesson Invasive Species Under Ice Lesson Antarctic About a week High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Antarctica is the coldest driest place on Earth with a fairly limited number of native species which have adapted to these extreme conditions over millions of years As a result it s not very likely that a non native species would survive there right Actually ever since exploration and exploitation of the Antarctic region began in the 1800 s new species have been showing up View Lesson Life Under Antarctica s Ice Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share This story in Discover magazine profiles the work of the WISSARD Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling project team and the challenges faced by drilling thousands of feet into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to reach a lake buried for millennia View Article Really Down South Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Article about earth science and environmental science teacher Mike LeBaron s expedition to Antarctica as part of the WISSARD project Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling at McMurdo Station Antarctica View Article Race Is On

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  • Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea | PolarTREC
    Here are some of Boo s basic stats Female Weight 374 kg 825 lbs Standard Length 244 cm 8 ft Boo was born in 2002 making her a little over 9 years old at the time this photo was taken She was likely Read Journal 19 October 2012 Meet the seals Part one Meet the seals Part one Since my return from Antarctica the questions I ve most often received are Did you name the seals and if so what were their names How did you pick the names What was the largest seal you tagged What was the smallest seal you tagged How many of the seals were male and how many were female How old were the seals These are all excellent questions so I thought I d give you some of these basic facts along with a glamor shot or two of each Seal 1 Aussie Meet Aussie the first seal we tagged Aussie s name was chosen because during Read Journal 4 October 2012 Oh where oh where are those seals Oh where oh where are those little I mean big seals Have you asked yourself that question I know I have And my curiosity has gotten the better of me So what am I doing about it you ask That s a great question and to find the answer I ve checked out the following website http seaturtle org I know I know you are probably asking yourself why I m looking at a Sea Turtle website when our team tagged Weddell seals A logical question I might add But the nice folks at Seaturtle org let our team use their website so YOU could follow our seals too Wasn t that nice By Read Journal Expedition Resources Antarctic Mini Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum Presentation Special Event i e science nights Antarctic All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC alumni Alex Eilers created this mini exhibit about Antarctica for the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis Tennessee The exhibit highlights a variety of topics as well as Ms Eilers personal experiences in Antarctica Topics explored include dressing for the cold Antarctic climate research on the Weddell seal the history of human exploration in Antarctica and extreme facts about the View Presentation Alex Eilers and Outreach for Weddell Seal Science Event Antarctic About 1 period This one hour webinar gives educators the opportunity to learn from PolarTREC educator Alex Eilers Her projects for education and outreach on the weddell seal project with Dr Burns provides great examples of bringing polar science to students and communities View Event Jennifer Burns and the life science of Weddell Seals Event Antarctic About 1 period Dr Jennifer Burns presented a one hour webinar about her work studying weddell seals in the Ross Sea Antarctica This presentation is for educators and in conjunction with the PolarTREC professional development course in Life Sciences View Event Weddel Seal Movements Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Provided by Dr

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  • Human Impacts in Antarctica 2011 | PolarTREC
    of McMurdo Terry and I hiked up to the top of Ob Hill after dinner There were pretty steep sections of the path but it was worth it to get a great view of the station Michelle Brown at the top of Ob Hill The view of McMurdo Station as seen from Ob Hill Remembering Scott s Expedition At the top of Ob Hill is a cross to commemorate Robert F Scott and his Read Journal 9 December 2011 Snow Sampling Visit to Shackleton s Hut Cancelled Sadly our visit to Shackleton s hut on Cape Royds was cancelled today We have been trying to get to Cape Royds to collect control samples for three days now but the helicopters will not fly if the weather is bad Luckily we have plenty to do The McMurdo ice runway Yesterday and today our research team has been zipping around on snow mobiles collecting snow samples from the McMurdo ice runway The C 17 planes land on this runway early in the season when the sea ice is thick However as the temperatures rise the sea ice becomes thinner until it is Read Journal 8 December 2011 The History of Cape Royds Going to Cape Royds Our research team has been trying to get to Cape Royds to collect control samples however poor weather has kept us from leaving Hopefully we will make it there tomorrow Historic Antarctic Expeditions I am eager to get to Cape Royds because it is the location of Ernest Shackleton s hut In 1901 Shackleton accompanied Robert Scott in his Discovery Expedition to Antarctica Unfortunately Shackleton became ill and had to return home before reaching the South Pole Shackleton returned to Antarctica seven years later in his own ship the Nimrod His team climbed Mt Read Journal 7 December 2011 Hanging Out with the Penguins All about Adelies Yesterday I spent the afternoon at an Adelie penguin rookery at Cape Byrd Adelie penguins are smaller than most penguins They are approximately 18 30 inches tall and typically weigh 8 to 13 lbs They have a white ring around each of their eyes and a long tail that makes their coat resemble a tuxedo An Adelie penguin stands on the ice at Cape Bird It was fun to watch the Adelies waddle and hop around their rookery There were also some interesting interactions between the penguins Watch the video below to see some of their behaviors http www youtube com Read Journal Expedition Resources Michelle Brown and Human Impacts in Antarctica Expedition Event Antarctic About 1 period PolarTREC teacher Michelle Brown and her research team conducted this PolarConnect event from McMurdo Station Antarctica Learn more about Michelle and her team as they study human impacts in Antarctica View Event PolarConnect Celebrating Antarctica Day 2011 Event Antarctic About 1 period This one hour PolarConnect event Celebrates Antarctica Day 2011 with PolarTREC teacher Michelle Brown at McMurdo Station and esteemed polar researcher Dr M Kennicutt II The two presenters share

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  • Seafloor Organisms and Changing Ocean Conditions in Antarctic | PolarTREC
    I was supposed to move to the hotel today but the pier is washed out and a seawall has broken We actually had to leave the dock because everything is such a mess I hope to get to the hotel tomorrow but the streets in Punta Arenas are closed It s been quite a day Marine Projects Coordinator Jamee Johnson Read Journal 11 March 2012 Cape Shirreff I m back in Punta Arenas we arrived last night while I was sleeping It s a rainy gray day I ll be moving off the ship tomorrow and in the mean time need to return my ECW gear and get repacked and organized for my flight home on 3 14 I m really excited to get home but am also feeling a bit blue that my adventure is drawing to an end I got off the ship for a walk at about 8 30 this morning and met up with 3 stray dogs who followed me around for about an hour By the time I got back to the ship I was drenched Different people are heading home on different days and I ll be sorry to Read Journal 10 March 2012 The Bird Whisperer Donna Patterson Fraser is a seabird ecologist and a bird whisperer for certain The opportunity to get out in the field with Donna and field biologists Jen Blum and Shawn Farry during my time at Palmer Station was incredible Donna has been studying birds in Antarctica for the past twenty two years and was very willing to share her excitement about and knowledge of giant petrels with me She is a petite woman with a sizeable spark who navigates her way in and out of zodiacs and over slippery rocks with ease grace and speed The day I was in the field with Donna she was collecting data Read Journal Expedition Resources An Educational Adventure with teacher Nell Herrmann Article Antarctic All Ages n a PolarTREC teacher Nell Herrmann writes a compelling article for Town and Gown the local newspaper in her home town of State College PA Nell reports on her adventures with a team of scientists in Antarctica and the profound way in which her journey has influenced her both personally and professionally Note The online article starts on p 50 of the publication View Article Nell Herrmann with the Seafloor Organisms and Ocean Conditions Expedition Event Antarctic About 1 period This 1 hour webinar presentation was conducted by Nell Herrmann and her team including Dr Amsler and Dr McClintock The team presented from Palmer Station Antarctica on seafloor organisms and the changing ocean conditions View Event Packing for Palmer Station Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Nell Hermann shows us what she is packing for her expedition at Palmer Station View Video The Lady Can Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Nell Herrmann sharing her living arrangements on the ship

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  • Greenland Education Tour 2011 | PolarTREC
    so great to be around like minded teachers student centered teaching and inquiry driven lessons It is an important reminder for me that these programs aren t just about the actual research project experience that the teacher will be involved with or the lessons that they create that will impact Read Journal 18 July 2011 Day 21 Summit Today s teacher commentary Submitted by Jakob Greenland Home sweet home tent city at Summit where scientists sleep Photo by Jakob Moller Bach 2011 After a good night in the tent with minus 150C we were ready for the day program We started at 0730 with breakfast while the station manager told us about the activity on the station to day After breakfast we talk to Brian about station life and after that we went with Nate Miller to see and hear about his atmosphere project were he looks at clouds and have it affect the temperature on ground the ice sheet snow crystal snow Read Journal 9 July 2011 Day 12 Whales Danish Meteorological Institute DMI and Field Research Today s commentary Submitted by Lauritz Greenland Maria USA Ellen Greenland and Emil Denmark Well we started our day with a very interested slideshow by one of the teachers who was talking about whales It was really amazing because we learned a lot about whales and how they live and migrate towards this area Kasper tells us about whales Photo by Laura Lukes 2011 After our teachers interesting speech we headed towards the local weather forecast and learned how all the things role there and how weather forecast is an essential factor for the country especially for air Read Journal 6 July 2011 Day 9 Field research and a real polar bear Today s commentary Submitted by Avaruna Greenland Evan USA Emil Danish and Titte Greenland The focus of today was to break into our groups and work in the field on each of our specific topics that we chose earlier There were six different groups Atmosphere Sea Tomatoes Geology Musk Ox Chemistry and Health We were all shuttled out near the start of the trail to the waterfall which was where all the groups started It was very rainy out so we all brought our rain gear to stay dry while gathering samples and recording data Teams atmosphere and sea tomato collect data at a Read Journal 23 July 2011 Day 26 Saying goodbye and packing Taking bags to the Kangerlussuaq airport Photo by Laura Lukes 2011 Rebecca reluctantly says goodbye Photo by Laura Lukes 2011 Saying goodbye to the Danish students Photo by Laura Lukes 2011 Recycling pays in Greenland Jeannie and Vince earn 150 Danish Kroner about 50 Photo by Laura Lukes 2011 Recycling pays in Greenland Jeannie and Vince earn 150 Danish Kroner about 50 Photo by Laura Lukes 2011 Agenda Highlights 1 Our last breakfast together 2 Saying goodbye at the airport 3 Packing cleaning and finishing reports Vocabulary atoqqillugu Read Journal Expedition Resources Taking the Classroom

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