This 10-minute video introduces several of the Polaris Project participants and documents aspects of the field experience in the Siberian Arctic. Produced by Chris Linder.

2010 Student Impact video by Chris Linder

Student Impact

In 2009, eleven undergraduates traveled more than halfway around the world to conduct cutting-edge investigations that advance scientific understanding of the changing Arctic. Four of the students returned in 2010 to continue their research and to mentor the new students. The two months they spent in Siberia changed their lives. Produced by Chris Linder.

2009 Student Project videos by Chris Linder


Nicholai Torgovkin and Joanne Heslop describe their study of permafrost at several sites along the Kolyma river. In particular they are interested in quantifying how much carbon is in these frozen soils and how mobile that carbon might be. You can read more about their research here. Produced by Chris Linder.


Kirill Tretyakov and Claire Griffin describe their work on thermokarst and floodplain lakes and describe their field and lab work to answer questions about lake chemistry ranging from individual lakes up to the landscape. Read more about their work here. Produced by Chris Linder.


Erin Seybold and Travis Drake describe their study of streams in the arctic. Read more about their project that sheds light on how carbon is transformed between the uplands and the Arctic Ocean. Produced by Chris Linder.


Kayla Henson and Max Janicek describe their study of benthic macroinvertebrates in several lakes. Little is known about this ecological community and they hope to link patterns in biological diversity to differences in lake chemistry. Read more about their work here. Produced by Chris Linder.

River Survey

Blaize Denfeld describes her work characterizing the chemistry of several different streams and rivers including the main stem of the Kolyma. Read more about her project here. Produced by Chris Linder.

Videos produced by Polaris students

Polaris 2013

Polaris 2013 Core students lived on a barge, studied arctic system science under professionals, assisted in aquatic and terrestrial surveys, and still found time to conduct their own scientific investigations. Discover life with the Polaris Project in this video. Produced by Peter Han.

A Carbon Story

Students from the 2011 field course describe their various projects and the theme that ties them all together: carbon. The Polaris scientists investigate small pieces of the landscape, from wooded hillsides to tiny trickling streams to the vast expanses of the Kolyma River, seeking to better understand how carbon is transported and transformed through Arctic ecosystems. Produced by Becky Tachihara with guidance from Chris Linder.


Moira Hough describes how carbon moves in wetlands at sites along the Kolyma. The slow decomposition rates and large amounts of soil carbon make wetlands an important piece of the carbon puzzle. Read more about her work here. Produced by Brian Kantor with guidance from Chris Linder.

Videos produced by News Media

Duvannyi Yar

Andy Revkin of the New York Times featured the trip to Duvannyi Yar at DotEarth. Although not a description of a student-led research project, this was the first of our science stories. Images in the story were taken by Chris Linder and it was produced by Thomas Lin of the Times.