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

© Chris Linder

Blog Posts

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    Polaris 2014 Reading List

    Polaris faculty--John Schade, Mike Loranty, and I--have come up with a reading list for the Core Polaris students.
  • Polaris 2014 Research Goals

    The 2014 expedition is especially exciting, because for the first time we will focus our research efforts north of the tree line, at a tundra site situated just 20 km from the Arctic Ocean.
  • 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?…
  • The 2014 Polaris season is underway!

    Last weekend in Falmouth, Massachusetts we were all given the opportunity to get together for some safety training, some team building, and time to get to know one another face-to-face at the first annual Polaris Project Retreat. It was a great way to continue our work together and to get us ready for a great field season in Eastern Siberia.
  • Research equipment has been shipped!

    Preparations are underway, and now, it’s up to our team of student researchers to lead the way in exploring new places, thinking new ideas, and addressing some of the Earth’s most pressing scientific questions.
  • CO2 and Spring Weather at Falmouth Academy

    Going back to an earlier blog post, last week I had the chance to visit the 9th grade environmental studies classes at Falmouth Academy to co-teach a lesson and give a presentation about my experiences with the Polaris Project.
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    Natural Bias: How We Think About Nature

    A few weeks ago the core group members, a few of PI’s, and I met over the internet and chatted about the upcoming summer. After going over logistics, basic information, and introductions, John gave us our first assignment. He asked that each of us spend some time in a natural area and think a little about what questions that place might inspire in us.…
  • From the Arctic, to Missoula

    Four days, numerous engaging presentations, and a lichen field-trip later, the Northwest Scientific Association conference is quickly coming to an end.
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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.
  • 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.…
  • Mentoring for a student science fair project

    I always enjoy informally talking to students who are interested in studying the environment. I find it very rewarding to share my enthusiasm for environmental science, and make a difference in a student’s education through mentorship.
  • A dual-purpose of AGU

    A mentor once told me that attending conferences such as AGU make for a perfect opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and establish new relationships with students and scientists.
  • An AGU Reunion

    While it was great to learn about what's happening in all of these fields, I have to admit that most of the talks that I sought out were about Arctic system science.
  • Read the blog "Underground" to learn about the origins of Han's research.

    A Year Ago Tomorrow: Thoughts from AGU

    In a year, I went from the pre-application process to the inside circle of arctic system science, and every step managed to surprise me.
  • 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.
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