Science Camp Snapshot: Remotely Operated Vehicle

The theme for this year’s Kaktovik Oceanography Program was ‘Exploring our Oceans’. The idea was to expose students to both traditional and state of the art techniques and technologies that scientists use to make discoveries about the ocean. A very exciting tool we brought to Kaktovik this year is a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV. ROVs areContinue reading “Science Camp Snapshot: Remotely Operated Vehicle”

Science Camp Snapshot: Groundwater

One of the coolest parts of the Kaktovik Oceanography Program is teaching local students about how the science we do relates to their local ecosystems. This year, fellow UTMSI PhD student Craig Connolly led an activity on groundwater. In the Arctic summer, water moves through the thawed soil layer and enters the lagoons, bringing withContinue reading “Science Camp Snapshot: Groundwater”

Field Find Friday: Clay!

Carrie, Ken, Cliff Strain, and I are back in Kaktovik for the summer science program with local students. This week, we have learned quite a lot about local geology by taking sediment cores and exploring local habitats. Kaktovik is located on Barter Island, adjacent to Kaktovik Lagoon, and some of our investigations involve asking howContinue reading “Field Find Friday: Clay!”

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”