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Stubbins joins Arctic cruise

Skidaway Institute scientist Aron Stubbins has spent the last couple of months working in Germany. He reports in on a cruise he is about to join. I’m off to the Arctic on Germany research vessel Polarstern. I will be collecting samples to determine the export of dissolved black carbon from the Arctic to the Atlantic… Read more »

 

Back to Alaska!

Hello from Barrow, Alaska! This is Victoria Baylor and Zac Tait, members of the Frischer lab at Skidaway Institute. We are here to collect our final summer season samples and perform some experiments. We arrived safely in Barrow on August 11th after spending most of the 10th traveling and spending a night in Anchorage. The… Read more »

 

Monday 2 May 2011 – Mystery Object

Today is another day of cleaning and packing. Before getting back to the packing job we decided to pack-up all our samples, get them into the dry liquid nitrogen shipper (See previous discussion in this blog.)  and attempt to send them home. If you recall we were concerned about this because the only shipper in… Read more »

 

Sunday 1 May 2011 – Last Lab Day

Today was our last full lab day and the beginning of the end for this trip. After breakfast in the cafeteria, Zac and I began to purify bacterial messenger RNA (mRNA) from the water we had filtered yesterday. mRNA is the molecule that acts as the intermediate between DNA and proteins. All the information necessary… Read more »

 

Friday April 29, 2011 – Moving Ice Camp

Today was another lab day, and although our special pipettes still hadn’t arrived we felt we had to go ahead and process our RNA samples.  During our first trip to Barrow last spring we had experimented with holding these samples until we got home before processing them. The results were not good, and so we… Read more »

 

Thur 28 April 2011 – Back on the ice

After our relatively slow day in the lab, today we were back out on the ice collecting another set of samples.  We returned to our ice camp that we had previously sampled on Tuesday. Although we were a little bit disorganized getting going, by a little after nine we were all loaded up and our… Read more »

 

Thur 28 April 2011 – Back on the ice

After our relatively slow day in the lab, today we were back out on the ice collecting another set of samples.  We returned to our ice camp that we had previously sampled on Tuesday. Although we were a little bit disorganized getting going, by a little after nine we were all loaded up and our… Read more »

 

Tuesday 26 April 2011 – Ice Camp! First Sampling Day.

Finally, the labs are set-up (took most of yesterday), all our gear is clean, organized, and ready for use, and was a sunny (almost 19 hours worth) and not too cold day, at least compared to wintertime temperatures.  On the ice the temperature was 7°F (-14°C) and inside the tent, even without the heater, was… Read more »

 

24 April 2011 – Easter Sunday Setting up

Sleeping was tough last night as our bodies are still adjusting to all the sunlight.  Despite being so tired I think both Zac and I had a hard time sleeping and woke early.  Oh well, more time for work.  Not all that much exciting to report for today.  Most of the day was spent continuing… Read more »