Sharing Letters

04.01.2016 in Commander Islands, Education

Students living on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs) and Bering Island (the Commanders) are enjoying getting to know each other through pen-pal letters. Учащиеся, живущие на острове Святого Павла (острова Прибылова) и на острове Беринга (Командорские острова), с удовольствием узнают друг о друге посредством переписки.

The Arctic Eis Team

11.12.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve discussed in the past how important teamwork and collaboration is for research. Ship-based research is often an extreme example of collaborative work.

Data analysis…

02.12.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We’ve learnt a lot about doing seabird surveys at-sea.  But, what happens after you’ve collected all those data?  Maybe this is when the hard work really starts?  Catherine Pham (above) explains:

Pen-pal letters begin

01.12.2015 in Commander Islands, Education

Начался обмен письмами друзей по переписке Russian translation is provided below: Перевод на русский предоставлен ниже: Last month, at Bering Sea Days, we initiated the pen-pal project between students on St. Paul and students from the village of Nikolskoye on the Commander Islands.


19.11.2015 in Education, Kittiwake Behavior

Here’s a flashback to the 2015 field season studying red-legged kittiwakes breeding on St. George Island, by Rachael Orben: In early May (before the grass had really started to turn green) Abram and I arrived on St George. We even managed to land on our first flight!

Plastics in the Ocean activity set

14.11.2015 in Education

We’ve just added a new set of seabird activities! Marine debris and plastics in the ocean are topics frequently visited during Seabird Camps, Bering Sea Days, and by visiting scientists, such as Veronica Padula, who study the impacts of debris (specifically plastics) on marine life. This is not an issue…

Bering Sea Days 2015

16.10.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

It’s been a crazy full week.   The school on St. Paul Island has been buzzing with activity, learning, and excitement. It’s been really fun to pass doorways, and hear talk of bones, pressure, plants, ocean acidification, fur-seals, birds… and more! We had a biodiversity field trip out to a fur-seal…

Crested Auklet video

21.09.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

We’re continuing to learn about the amazing seabirds that breed on the Pribilof Islands. After a great field trip to the cliffs, kids attending Seabird Camp split off into different groups to put

That’s all folks!

04.09.2015 in At-sea research, Education

We are out of candy, so we are heading in to Wainwright. Well, we are out of candy, but that’s not why we are heading in to Wainwright. The 2015 AMBON cruise is coming to an end on Saturday.

Charismatic microfauna

01.09.2015 in At-sea research, Education

Seabirds are charismatic megafauna—they are large animals that have popular appeal due to their cute or beautiful appearance. So what about all the little critters out there? They deserve our attention too, though it may take a microscope to truly appreciate them. I asked planktonologist Caitlin Smoot to tell us…

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 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…

Momentum is building

20.06.2015 in 2015 Seabird Camps, Education

Count Down:  Only two days until the start of Seabird Camp! Preparations have been rolling along here on St. Paul. We continued to build paper mache masks and props for our plays.  It has been quite the workshop down at the school, with kids dropping by to help out.  Marjorie…

Seabirds at sea

28.04.2015 in Education

Catherine looking for seabirds near the ice, photo by Alex Andrews   Why study seabirds at sea? Catherine Pham is a student at Hawai’i Pacific University. She studies seabirds, but with a special twist… Catherine does all her research from a boat, trying to figure out what seabirds are up…

Invasive Species

19.04.2015 in Education

Least Auklet and Rat (above) © Ian Jones   What is an invasive species? An introduced species, also called an alien or exotic species, is any species not native (or original) to an ecosystem. An introduced species that significantly changes or disrupts an ecosystem and presents a threat to the…