Blog

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

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Blog Posts

  • Polaris and Peace

    The Polaris Project PIs are in Northfield, MN at the 21st Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum. The forum this year honors the scientists from the IPCC who won the Peace Prize in 2007. We’re being kept busy. The PIs are taking part in a panel discussion about climate change in the Arctic.…
  • Welcome New Students!

    We have just completed the selection of students for the 2009 Polaris Project field course.  It was a grueling process because we received applications from many more exceptional students than we could accept, but we’re thrilled with the outcome.  The new students are: Travis Drake and Moira Hough:  Carleton College Blaize Denfeld and Claire Griffin: Clark University Brian Kantor and Erin Seybold: St.…
  • Arctic Research on NOVA

    A four-part NOVA special “On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea” has just been released, featuring scientists discussing their climate change research in the northern Bering Sea (including some brief highlights of my own work).  The series also focuses on the impacts of recent climate change and sea ice decline on indigenous communities in the region. …
  • Boyd and Kate line up a talk

    Boyd and Kate will be giving a talk at Clark University about their experiences last summer as part of our student outreach efforts.…
  • Field course description, photos, and more

    Potential students (and their parents) are looking over the website as the application deadline draws near. We added some new photos – especially to the estuary album – and brought in some more information about the 2008 field course. Also, we’ve added some information about the 2008 students to the team page.…
  • Excitement builds for 2009!

    We had a good meeting in SF. Great to have all the PIs together and great to have some of the students present a sliver of their science. All the PIs have a list of things to work on as we get ready for the 2009 class.…
  • At AGU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yesterday (Wednesday the 17th) we presented our poster titled “Biogeochemical characteristics of Siberia’s Kolyma watershed in relation to climate change and permafrost degradation” at the AGU conference.  We spoke to the head coordinator of the International Polar Year for education and outreach. …
  • AGU Presentation

    Today, Tyler and I presented our poster at the AGU Conference, the most prominent earth science conference in the world, in San Francisco.  Our poster was located in the biogeosciences section and was titled ‘Using Dendrochronology and Remote Sensing to Assess Drainage Rates of Pan-Arctic Lakes.’ It was a great experience and we received a lot of support, interest, questions, and feedback about our poster and research throughout the morning from several faculty and scientists from across the country. …
  • Polaris meeting at AGU

    Most of the PIs and at least four of the students from the 2008 field class are meeting this week at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. There are some 16,000 scientists attending this year and some of the highlights from the meeting will be webcast.…
  • New photos and better look and feel

    There is a new interface to the photo gallery. The site also has a more consistent look-and-feel. Thanks to Nikki D’Amico from WWU who worked on it as part of her web design portfolio. Max is going through all the pictures from the summer 2008 field class and we’ll be populating the new gallery with images and video very soon.…
  • Good press

    Here is a nice article on the Summer 2008 field class in the Worcester paper. Good job Matt, Kate, Boyd, Bill, and Karen – nice article!…
  • Website overhaul coming soon

    It is getting to the point where students at the various colleges and universities are looking at the website and contemplating applying to the field course and spending part of the summer in Siberia. As the reluctant web guy on the team, I can tell you that we are going to roll out some new features and content on the site within the next few weeks. …
  • AGU and Outreach

    A few days ago, Tyler and I submitted an abstract to hopefully present at the AGU Conference in San Francisco in December.  With the help of Andy, Max, and Karen – we sent it in!  Thank you for the feedback and input!!…
  • Site is back up…

    The Polaris Project website was down for a bit shortly after our return to the US. The site was hacked and being used for some nefarious purpose.  We are back online but lost some of our content – Max’s heartwarming summary post from the Moscow cafe was among the causalities.…
  • Homeward bound…

    We’re all currently sitting in an cafe in Moscow, reflecting on the past 3+ weeks of the Polaris Project and getting excited about the fact that we’re heading home tomorrow. Several of us were talking yesterday evening about how difficult it will be to summarize the experience to our families and friends when we get home.…
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