The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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Day 2: Under the Ice

January 15th, 2014 No Comments

Barrow, Alaska January 14, 2014 -28°C (-18°F), cloudy, moderate wind Today — in our continued quest to find life in, on, and under Arctic sea ice in the dead of winter — we hit rock bottom. Well, ok… more of a sandy bottom. We were using a Ponar-type grab sampler to collect sediment from underneath […]

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Day 1: On the Ice

January 14th, 2014 No Comments

Barrow, Alaska January 13, 2014 -24°C (-11°F), partly cloudy, light wind We made two trips to the ice today. The first trip was to a near site, just offshore, at about 10 am. At that hour it is still dark and we needed headlamps to work — the sun hasn’t risen here since November 18, […]

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Barrow, Alaska

January 12th, 2014 No Comments

Solar noon in Barrow, Alaska. The sun hasn’t risen for weeks, remaining just below the horizon, and won’t rise again until the end of the month. I’m here for the next week with two graduate students from UAF. We’re studying the evolution and diversity of bacteria, fungi, and small animals that live in the sea […]

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The Art of Ice Coring

June 12th, 2013 No Comments

Molly Rettig, who was up at the Sea Ice Field Course with us for a few days, has posted an article on the Alaska Science Forum using one of my photos from the course. Read The Art of Ice Coring at ASF or at the UAF Cornerstone Also check out another article she wrote earlier, […]

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April [snow] showers bring May… mud.

May 10th, 2013 No Comments

please note: this is an entry for the official Barrow Sea Ice Course Blog. Please check it out and follow along during the course!   Our friends and neighbors down south are enjoying the warm sunny days of spring, but here in Barrow the ground is still covered with a thick blanket of snow. At […]

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