Back to basics: Measuring pH of tundra pools

Hellooo everyone! Welcome to field blog 2017! We are up in Prudhoe Bay working on the Boulder Patch kelp bed (which, incidentally now has its own website: http://arcticstudies.org/boulderpatch/index.html) until the beginning of August, then heading east to Kaktovik for about two weeks, then back to the Boulder Patch for a couple days in mid August. Onto today’sContinue reading “Back to basics: Measuring pH of tundra pools”

Weather Days

It’s really windy out. In fact, it’s been windy since we got here four days ago. While this wind event is not nearly as bad as the one two years ago, it still makes us antsy to start dive operations (but our McConaughey attitude helps us out). In the meantime, we have time to: Assemble allContinue reading “Weather Days”

Welcome to field season 2016!

Another year, another trip to the Arctic! Our first stop is the Boulder Patch (map above, more info here). Over the past 12 months, sensors in the Boulder Patch kelp bed have been collecting data on temperature, salinity, currents, and underwater light. As you may expect, those conditions change dramatically over the course of theContinue reading “Welcome to field season 2016!”

Welcome to the Boulder Patch!

Part of my graduate research focuses on the biological community living in a unique habitat known as the Boulder Patch. This ancient deposit of rocks on the seabed is the largest rocky reef in the coastal Alaskan arctic, and may be an important ‘stepping stone’ linking biota of the North Pacific to those in theContinue reading “Welcome to the Boulder Patch!”

Science Camp snapshot: erosion survey

The Arctic is rapidly experiencing the effects climate change, and Kaktovik is no exception. Like all small villages on the North Slope, Kaktovik is seeing massive coastal erosion that may soon threaten local infrastructure. To investigate the extent of erosion occurring in their own backyard, we equipped the students with GPS units and took aContinue reading “Science Camp snapshot: erosion survey”

Kaktovik Science Camp

Kaktovik is a small town on Barter Island on the North Slope of Alaska, surrounded by the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The vast majority local population is Inupiat, the first peoples group that has inhabited the North Slope for thousands of years. Here is a great map of Alaskan first peoples groups and languages. Since 2008, UTMSIContinue reading “Kaktovik Science Camp”