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Fostering the next generation of Arctic researchers and managers

We’ve heard it many times: “You are what you eat.” The concept enabled college sophomore Annie Masterman to do cutting edge research connecting humpback whales to their diet. Every organism has a distinct signature of stable isotopes like carbon and nitrogen. As a whale digests its food, the prey’s stable isotope “signature” is incorporated into…

Alaska’s Changing Environment

Alaska’s Changing Environment Documenting Alaska’s physical and biological changes through observations Alaska has recently experienced profound environmental change related to extreme weather events and deviations from the historical climate. Sustained warmth, sea ice loss, coastal flooding, river flooding, and major ecosystem changes have impacted the daily lives of Alaskans around the state. Temperatures have been…

Fresh Eyes on Ice monitors lake and river ice across Alaska

A new lake and river ice-monitoring project led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks gets kids involved in science while promoting ice safety and a better understanding of changing winter conditions. Fresh Eyes on Ice is an observing network that explores the curious and fascinating aspects of frozen water and its role in the environment…

Youths experience hands-on science at Bering Sea Days

“I’m a food chain,” yelled an enthusiastic 6-year-old. With her handmade red king crab crown, scallop finger puppet, phytoplankton sparkles and sun necklace, this young learner transformed into an ocean food chain. When asked who’s at the top of the food chain, she responded, “kindergarteners from St. Paul Island, Alaska.” This was just one of…

September 28-30- Good bye!

September 28 This is our last day at sea before reaching Arkhangelsk. More Minke whales were spotted this morning. The end is near. Well, Mother Nature didn’t let us down. We had the roughest day and night of the whole cruise pretty much when we entered the Barents Sea. I was in the computer lab…

September 27- goodbye, Ian (for the third time)

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Mooring Team Leader Ian Waddington. Ian is retiring (for the third time!). He first retired in 2007 from his government job, and again in 2017, and now, 2018, supposedly for good. Where do I begin with such a huge personality? I suppose the first thing I should comment on…

September 26- stable isotopes

We had a little bit of rough seas last night, but it is much calmer today. Packing and paperwork are consuming a lot of the expedition members’ time. Scientist Spotlight: Isotope Geochemist Georgi Laukert (GEOMAR). Just hearing the word isotope makes me wrinkle my eyebrows. I wasn’t familiar with the term isotope at all until…

September 25- stormy weather

We are now in the Kara Sea headed southwest for Arkhangelsk trying to avoid an oncoming storm. The weather is blustery and the sea is rough. Everything we loaded and unpacked on the ship in Kirkenes is being packed to be ready for unloading. The rosette lab space is almost empty, and the hangar, my…

September 24- polar bears! (and walrus too)

We arrived and anchored in the bay at the Baranov Science Station yesterday during the dark at about 4:30 in the afternoon. When I was in my cabin I glanced out the window and saw a light and thought wow, it was a ship, the first one of the cruise. But, when I went up…

September 23- ice is nice … and it’s getting darker

The further west we go, the longer it is staying dark. It is now dark between about 2:30 – 13:30 (1:30 am). There is cause for more celebration, NABOS and CATS completed their last CTD cast today. There were a total of 138 casts, ranging from 60 – 3,000 m (197 – 9,843 ft.) I…