Blog

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

© Chris Linder

Blog Posts

  • Methane Madness

    Who I Am I am an aquatic an aquatic ecologist and biogeochemist interested in carbon and nutrient cycling between terrestrial and aquatic systems, the cryosphere and atmosphere. I am also one of the organizers of the Polaris Project. I have worked in Cherskii since 2000, and have a passion for science in Russia, particularly when it involves methane and fire!…
  • Holy Cross Professor Eager to Extend Reseach and Teaching Efforts to Arctic Ecosystems

    I am a stream biogeochemist and ecologist who has studied the fate of terrestrial-derived organic matter and aquatic primary production in a variety of aquatic ecosystems spanning from small headwater streams to large estuaries. I have instructed courses in Freshwater Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, and Environmental Biology at Holy Cross College annually since 2002.…
  • Meet the team…

    The Polaris Project is moving forward. The team is in the process of selecting the inaugural class for the field class and we are going start blogging about our activities in earnest. The various team members are going to start making short posts that highlight their research and tell us something about who they are and what they do.…
  • The winter weather in Cherskii

    While perusing wunderground.com, I checked out the temperature in Cherskii. It’s cold over there right now, which makes sense at 69°N. Here is a link to the Google Map for the area. It was -38°C today (-40°C is -40°F) .…
  • 14,000 and growing…

    Every December a huge number of scientists gather in San Francisco for the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This year there were over 14,000 attendees, and the number grows every year. Though the meeting covers almost all aspects of earth and planetary science, climate change and polar regions were clearly dominant themes.…
  • Sea ice

    Arctic ice, both sea and land, has been in the news quite a lot lately and I expect we’ll hear more about it once the world’s leading ice scientists present at AGU in a few weeks. however, in the last few days I’ve come across two really interesting things.…
  • Welcome to the Polaris Project website and blog

    ‘Global warming’ is all over the news these days, mainly because of changes that are happening far away or because of events we fear may happen some time in the future. But in the Arctic, big changes are happening now.…
  • Northward Bound!

    The Polaris Project will give undergraduate students the opportunity to witness the changing Arctic first-hand as they participate in a field course and research experience in northeastern Siberia (8 time zones east of Moscow!). After completing an on-campus course associated with the Polaris Project, a select group of undergraduate students will travel with project scientists to the Siberian Arctic.…
  • The Polaris Project Web Site is Live

    Well, somehow I didn’t hide underneath the desk fast enough when Max asked how we were going to get a Polaris Project web site up. I thought he was just asking me for things I thought should be on the site.…
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