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”

Dataloggers are our science babies

In my posts here and elsewhere, I mention dataloggers a lot. Dataloggers are the basis of many many types of science. The ones that I use are made to log data on specific environmental variables (temperature, salinity, underwater light, currents) at specific intervals throughout the year (e.g. once every hour). As you may have alreadyContinue reading “Dataloggers are our science babies”

Algae rocks!

Whither a Boulder Patch without rocks? The whole reason the Boulder Patch kelp bed exists is because of a large deposit of rocks in Stefansson Sound. These rocks originated in Canada and were dumped by glacial activity in the otherwise silty, muddy Alaskan Beaufort. Over thousands of years, algae and animals began growing on and around these rocks, developingContinue reading “Algae rocks!”

Field Find Friday on a Sunday: Sea Raspberry coral

Did you know that coral lives in the Arctic? This is not a reef building coral, but a soft coral, called Gersemia rubiformis. This species also lives in the North Atlantic and North Pacific, as far south as North Carolina and California. Its close relatives live in the deep sea. Like a typical coral, eachContinue reading “Field Find Friday on a Sunday: Sea Raspberry coral”

Field Find Saturday: Sea Spider!

We finally had a long dive day yesterday! As part of our science outreach/ as a thank you to all the folks working where we are staying, we put up an aquarium of Boulder Patch critters. One of the animals we picked up for the aquarium was this guy: This is a pycnogonid, or sea spider.Continue reading “Field Find Saturday: Sea Spider!”

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”

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”