Blog

During, before, and after the field course, Polaris students and faculty share their thoughts through journal entries.

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Blog Posts

  • Seattle to Moscow

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  • Greetings from Moscow!

    Happy Independence Day from Moscow! We arrived safely; no bags lost, no injuries, and no deportation! A good trip by any standards – so far. In order to stave off jetlag we skipped sleeping and explored Red Square, the of the city of home of world famous landmarks like the Kremlin.…
  • Glad to be back!

    At last, we have returned to the land of mullets, track suits, and buttery food. It is good to be back. Currently, we four returning students are lounging in a room on the third floor of a hotel-like structure on the outskirts of Moscow.…
  • Look right for tweets…

    …while the Polaris Project is traveling they will issue updates via twitter. See the list of tweets on the right side of the main blog page or follow us on twitter @PolarisTweet…
  • More friends! Friends of friends.

    The Polaris project is off to Moscow – in the air for a mere 14 hours. Until the next update happens you can amuse yourself by getting us more friends – on facebook. Please become a fan of the Polaris Project on facebook if you aren’t already.…
  • On the way…

    Seven of us are now sitting in Dulles Airport, having traveled from Boston earlier today. Over the next few hours, our group will grow to 25 people (hopefully!), and at 4:50 pm we’ll depart together for Moscow.  We’ll arrive in Moscow at 11 am on Saturday, Aug.…
  • Last Minute Preparations

    Well there are only three days left before we leave on our trip. As you can see from Melissa and Joanne’s blogs the three of us just returned from Castle Lake a few days ago. Thanks to the crew at Castle Lake, Melissa and I feel more prepared to handle our individual projects.…
  • Bummin’ a ride

    Hi, this is Mike Loranty. Several colleagues and I are heading to Siberia too.  I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Research Center working with Dr. Scott Goetz. Although not officially affiliated with the Polaris Project, we have become quite familiar with it through Max Holmes.…
  • Winter in June

    Hi everyone! Only six more days until our departure! As Melissa mentioned in her post, this past week the UNR Polaris crew was up at Castle Lake, Northern California training for our Siberian field work. Surprisingly, even though it’s late June the lake was still frozen and we pitched our tents on the snow!…
  • Preparations

    Despite the excitement of commencement and reunion, the Carleton College website found room to publish a story I wrote about the Polaris Project. You can check it out here: http://apps.carleton.edu/news/features/?story_id=644697 Thanks to Chris Linder for the photo selection! In other news, after the whirlwind of ending my time at Carleton and working as a class host for reunion, I can now focus my attention on preparing for the Polaris Project.…
  • 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.  …
  • Counting Down the Days

    As I count down the days until we leave for the trip (as of today twelve), I am occupied with packing, reading and preparing. Last week I had the chance to meet with Principle Investigators Bill Sobczak and Karen Frey to discuss general plans for sampling this summer.…
  • A Taste of the Field

    Well, just finished packing all of my field gear and soon Emily and I will be on our way to Castle Lake, near Shasta CA, to do preparatory training for the field work we’ll be doing in Siberia. While up at Castle, we not only get to test out all our new gear and perfect the skill of packing light while still managing not to freeze (it’s the middle of June and we’ll still be sleeping on snow pack!), but we’ll also be mastering PPR, gill net fishing and processing, benthic sampling and more.…
  • greetings from kate in washington state

    hello! my name is kate. and im a new member to the polaris team this year! im a senior at western washington university majoring in environmental science with a minor in chemistry. i work at the institute for watershed studies at wwu– working a lot in the lab and field doing water quality analyses for our area’s lakes and stream systems.…
  • From Sweden to Siberia!

    Hej! My name is Jorien Vonk, born & raised in Holland, but I just finished my PhD at Stockholm University a few weeks ago. I have been looking at terrestrial carbon (from thawing permafrost) from a marine point of view; what happens to this material once it arrives in the coastal ocean?…
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