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  • The 2015 team arrives

    After 40+ hours of buses, airports, and planes, we have arrived safely at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, a bit bleary eyed, but happy to have successfully figured out the new coffee maker.
  • Congratulations to our Alums

    I have always marveled at the remarkable achievements of our students, before, during and after the summer research expedition. This year is no exception, and I take great joy in congratulating our alumni for the following accomplishments.
  • Home Safely

    We have returned safely back home, with mixed feelings, at least in my case. I’m happy to be back, but miss the friends we left behind at the Northeast Science Station, and the immersion in a world unlike anything else I ever get to experience.…
  • Independence Day

    As Julian put it during last night’s reflection, ‘there is an energy crackling in the air around us’ as new ideas spring up and conceptual understanding deepens.
  • What does the Great Sippewissett Marsh have to do with Siberia?

    As John Wood mentioned in his blog about the Polaris Project Retreat, we spent some time in the Great Sippewissett Marsh last weekend in preparation for our trip to the tundra in Eastern Siberia. How does visiting a marsh in Cape Cod help us with our work on the Arctic tundra?…
  • Welcome Polaris 2014 Students

    I take great pleasure in welcoming the team of students, new and old, that will be joining the Polaris Project 2014 and traveling to the Northeast Science Station and other points on the Kolyma River this July. We are very excited to have such a talented and accomplished group, and we have very high expectations for the quality of work we will all accomplish, both individually and together as a team.…
  • Polaris invades AGU

    This has been a busy week for the Polaris Project family. We have hit the science community with a tidal wave of data, ideas and conversation, aimed at continuing our quest to tackle the big questions in Arctic System Science.
  • My bags are packed

    My bags are packed, and I believe I have not violated any weight restrictions. Seems like a miracle. I am a little nervous, but a lot excited that the day of departure is close. I have been following the activities of the group currently at the Northeast Science Station with great interest, and their observations are reminding me of my affection for the place, the people, and the project.…
  • Random thoughts from the Patio

    Back home safe and sound, and sitting on my patio. The garden has grown huge in my absence, the weeds aren’t totally awful, and my French press, coffee grinder and good coffee beans have been waiting patiently for my arrival. Life is pretty good.…
  • From the new lab facilities

    Yesterday we were given a tour of the new laboratory facilities here at the station (and I am in fact blogging from there right now). This is a significant event for the Zimov’s and for us and for the scientific community in general.…
  • Yakutsk art museum

    July 5th was a very unique and interesting day in Yakutsk. We attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Yakutsk Art Museum, an exhibit of the art of Siberian schoolchildren, mostly from Zhigansk, that Max Holmes and Kate Bulygina have put together.…
  • Reflections on a meat donut

    July 14, 2008 Day three on the barge, and we are currently in the middle of the Kolyma river. The barge is being pulled along south so we can experience the range of environments along the river, and eventually bear witness to dynamic changes in permafrost when we reach Duvannyi Yar.…
  • Thoughts from the Moscow airport

    July 7th, 2008 From the Moscow airport We have been traveling for a long time now and are waiting for, in some cases, our third red-eye in four days, as others have already mentioned.  We have used this time to get to know each other and to begin what will be an ongoing conversation about Arctic science. …