Author Archive

  • I’ve Got Gas, Let’s Leave…

    Streams make up only a few percent of the total surface area of a watershed, but as we have seen with lakes in ponds in Siberia, small parts of the landscape can have disproportionate impacts.
  • The Calm after the Storm

    The core group has been gone from Cherskiy for not an hour, and already an eerie silence has settled over the Northeast Science Station. Craig Connoly, Seth Spawn, and myself, along with some German students, are all that remain here.
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    Permafrost, Methane, and Radio Waves

    I was recently interviewed on the weekly show ScienceCSU, broadcast  locally on 90.5 FM, KCSU.
  • Late nights in the lab

    Good evening/morning!  While the rest of the group is sleeping, Elliott, Emily and myself are on a vacuum-filtering marathon in the soils lab.  It’s about 1:30, morale is high, and we hope to be done by breakfast later this morning.  Late nights in the lab are special time for all those involved and gives us an opportunity to see another face of this place and of the people we are here with.  …
  • The funny gas…N2O

    Yesterday, Nikita, Blaize and I journeyed to the Omalon in support of two projects here in Siberia (See Max’s blog below).  The river survey group have already introduced themselves, but Nikita and my project is a more recent development and has not yet been described here.…
  • Privyet!

    We’ve successfully made it to Yakutsk!    Right now, Andrew, Sudeep, John, Kate B, Polaris Alum Anya (2008), and I are sitting in the third floor lobby of our hotel, all on our laptops, trying to determine how long our internet will last (150 Mb limit).  …
  • Ready…Set…

    ACID WASH!  Hello from Northfield, MN, where Erin and I are washing scint vials like mad people.  We’ve been here since classes let out doing some wetland/prairie research and preparing for our trip to Russia.  Our research has been winding down as our preparations have wound up and we are very excited to be leaving soon   <– Clearly we need to get out of the lab more.  …
  • Hello!

    I guess I’ll get the ball rolling for the new students. My name is Sam Dunn, I am Junior at St. Olaf College majoring in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies.  I’ve previously done work in streams and wetlands with methane and nitrous oxide flux, but for my time in Siberia I am thinking about the functional diversity of tundra plants and how they affect the movement of Carbon et al.…