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 »


Spring In Barrow April 23 – May 4, 2011

23 April 2011 Dr. Marc Frischer Hi All, it’s back to Barrow Alaska for another sampling adventure.  As I’ve discussed before in this blog, the intent of our project is to reach a new and quantitative understanding concerning how microbes (bacteria and phytoplankton) may respond to climate induced changes in the Arctic. Although there is… Read more »


The Final Days – February 1-5, 2011

The last days are always a blur in Barrow. For those of you who have been following this adventure, I didn’t want to leave you hanging. Our experiences from packing to getting home are chronicled below. February 1 With all our sampling and lab work complete, Tuesday was spent largely cleaning-up the labs, gathering, cleaning,… Read more »


Packing Up – January 31, 2011

With all our samples collected today was spent processing samples and starting the long process of packing up the labs. First, the two male students (Steve and Zac) hosted a pancake breakfast at their hut. They earned major brownie points is all I can say. Besides it being an excellent meal, it was nice to… Read more »


Two Down, One To Go – January 29, 2011

Due to a minor communications mix-up between Barrow and Skidaway, this blog entry is out of date-sequence. Sorry. Today we spent most of our day in the lab processing samples, planning for upcoming trips, and discussing our science.  After getting Zac started in the lab extracting RNA from yesterday’s samples, it was off to a… Read more »


Last Sampling Day – January 30, 2011

Mission almost accomplished!  We made it back out to our ice camp today to collect our third and final set of samples for this trip. I once again dared to ride the sled (and yes with Zac driving) because I wanted to take some video of the trip out there. However, this time I rigged… Read more »


A Second Sampling Day – January 28, 2011

Today was our second scheduled sampling day.  We started off the day with the most amazing start of the twilight time ever. I managed to take a picture but it doesn’t begin to do it justice.  The temperature has actually warmed up quite a bit, which means it can snow, and it did. But that… Read more »


Happy Birthday Lollie – January 27, 2011

Dr. Marc Frischer continues his blog postings on his current research expedition to Barrow, Alaska. Day 6 into our trip, just past the mid-point. After spending most of the day in the lab, the first set of RNA samples have been processed and are awaiting shipment back to Skidaway. One of the primary goals of… Read more »


Samples! – January 26, 2011

Dr. Marc Frischer continues his account of his research expedition to the north coast of Alaska. Today was the day. The weather was relatively mild (only -25 deg F); the crack seems stable; and everyone was ready to go. So, after a brief lesson in snow machine operations, we were off. Because of the ice… Read more »