August 2015


At Anchor

27.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

  Early Tuesday morning, we left our study area to head up to Pt. Barrow. Why? Because the marine forecast for our region was calling for 35 knot winds and 12 foot seas.

Walruses, auklets, and brittle stars, oh my!

24.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

  Walruses are part of that special group of animals that are so ugly they are cute. In more scientific terms, walrus are part of the pinniped clade, which also includes seals and sea lions, and like to eat clams. We have seen quite a few of them over the…

The Night Shift

21.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education, Uncategorized

While the seabird and marine mammal observers sleep at night, other scientists are afoot. At every sample station (red dots on the map), they are on deck deploying gear to collect physical, chemical, and biological samples. The first thing to go into the water at a station is the CTD,…

Life on the R/V Norseman II

17.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

When you are living and working on a boat, two things stand out—you are stuck on the boat, and that boats can move in multiple directions at the same time! As far as being stuck on a boat goes, the Norseman II is an excellent choice! It is comfortable and…

The Wheelhouse Gang

12.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We have been transiting from Prudhoe Bay to our first sample station for the past several days (yellow star in location map above shows current location), and were lucky to start out with glassy seas. Unfortunately, that was not meant to last, and conditions returned to their normal gray, windy, and…


10.08.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

The kids on the Commander Islands have just returned from their summer camp.  We’re really excited to hear about the camp activities, it sounds like it was an action-packed adventure.  And, we can’t wait to hear their camp song! Many thanks to this report from camp leader Natalya Fomina. The…


10.08.2015 in At-sea research, Education

What is the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) project? The AMBON project is one of three pilot projects whose goal is to help establish a national network to monitor the biodiversity of U.S. waters, from micro-organisms to whales. The AMBON project focuses on the Chukchi Sea, while the other…

Checking nest-boxes

03.08.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Seabird activities continue on St. George.  Abram gave a talk about the red-legged kittiwake project, that included using Google Earth to check out the small hand-full of islands where they breed.  It’s amazing to think that 70% of the world population breeds on St. George Island! The crew then headed…

Foggy Start

03.08.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps

Seabird Camp on St. George had an unplanned start.  The plane carrying Ann and Peter circled the island a few times, but it was too foggy to land and they had to return all the way back to Anchorage (an 11 hour round trip!).  This is not unusual for St….