PolarTREC Updates

New PolarTREC Alumni Highlight Video

Betsy Wilkening

Watch PolarTREC teacher Betsy Wilkening explain how her students now connect their actions and environment in Arizona with the impacts and effects in the Polar Regions. Due to her PolarTREC experience, Mrs. Wilkening has become a ‘global teacher’ teaching global issues. “It is all worth it” when students are inspired by her science classes and pursuing science and engineering careers.

Accepting Researcher Applications

Researchers Apply

Apply Today! Teachers interested in applying to the PolarTREC program can now submit applications for the 2016-2017 year. Application Submission Deadline is Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

Accepting Teacher Applications!

Lucy Coleman hiking up Observation Hill.

Apply Today! Teachers interested in applying to the PolarTREC program can now submit applications for the 2016-2017 year. Application Submission Deadline is Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.

New Alumni Highlight Video

Carol at Lab

PolarTREC alumni teacher Carol Scott discusses her Arctic Wetland Dynamics expedition at the Kevo Research Station, Finland, and how it impacted her personally and professionally. Her work with an early career researcher at Kevo exemplifies the 'incredible way to reach a teacher and get your science out there’ to students and classrooms.

Setting Sail on the USCGC Healy

USCGC Healy in Dutch Harbor, AK

PolarTREC alum Bill Schmoker is aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy for 65 days, including time at the North Pole. As a part of the GEOTRACES team, he will be researching trace elements that are critical for marine life and therefore influence the functioning of ocean ecosystems and the global carbon cycle.

PolarTREC Informational Webinar

PolarTREC Informational Webinar (Web Seminar) for Teachers & Researchers

PolarTREC Informational Webinar (Web Seminar) for Teachers & Researchers
The webinar was held 29 July 2015. The informational webinar gives an overview of the PolarTREC program, its goals and objectives, program components, the application process, and will address frequently asked questions.

New Alumni Highlight Video

PolarTREC teacher Michael League

PolarTREC teacher Michael League participated in the Adaptations of Marine Worms in Antarctica expedition in 2011. In this new alumni highlight video, Michael discusses the benefits of the expedition and the impact the program has had on his teaching.

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Sea Ice Concentration Map from U.S. National Ice Center 27 August 2015
Cruise Day 19 Speed 0 knots (kts) (on station) Course n/a Location Makarov Basin, approx. 375nm S...

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What material was used to deflect/attenuate the altimeter's sonar signal? In the photo it appears to be foam panels. Did the pressure near the sea floor deform or compress the make-shift apparatus...
I just started "In the Kingdom of Ice" by Hampton Sides which is also about that cruise. I felt a little chill for y'all up there as I turned the first page!

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Overview Biodiversity is a central concept in understanding ecosystem functioning. Students explore how biodiversity is measured, impacted and can shift due to environmental changes to develop their understanding. Based off of the Microbial biogeography studies that Dr. Byron Crump is doing in the...