Arctic Tundra Dynamics 08
Meet the Team
Teacher - Elizabeth Eubanks
Elizabeth Eubanks is a New Orleans native who has spent much of her youth crabbing, fishing, exploring the bayous, and camping out west with her family. Being exposed to a broad spectrum of nature sparked her drive to pursue a zoology degree at Auburn University and a Master’s in Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mrs. Eubanks has taught integrated middle school science for 11 years and presently teaches at St. Mark Catholic School in Boynton Beach, Florida. Mrs. Eubanks teaches in order to share her passion for science with kids. Her lessons are filled with hands on activities in a stimulating environment in which students utilize real science to question, reason, think outside of the box, and to feel empowered by knowledge. Her motto is “We Are All Connected-We Are All Affected”. Mrs. Eubanks’ hobbies include photography, yoga, hiking, birding, camping, music festivals, travel, painting, knitting, and learning.
Researcher - Steven Oberbauer
Steven Oberbauer is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Oberbauer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from San Diego State University, where he was first introduced to arctic research. He completed his Ph.D. at Duke University studying the ecophysiology of tropical trees in Costa Rica. Dr. Oberbauer currently researches climate change effects in both the Arctic and the Tropics, specifically how plants adjust to changes in their environment and resource availability.
Researcher - Paulo Olivas
Paulo Olivas is a Ph.D student in the Department of Biology at Florida International University, under the supervision of Dr. Oberbauer. Paulo is originally from Costa Rica. He completed his undergraduate degree in Costa Rica in 2000 at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, where he majored in Forestry. He also holds an M.S. in Biology at Florida International University (2007). Paulo has been involved in several tropical and polar research projects.
Where are They?
Ms. Eubanks and Dr. Oberbauer lived in the village of Barrow, Alaska and worked at sites outside of the village. Much of the field work took place at the Barrow Environmental Observatory, where many long-term environmental studies have been undertaken.
What are they Doing?
The team continued their work from 2007, investigating the role of carbon in arctic tundra ecosystems. Approximately one quarter of the world's soil organic carbon is stored at high northern latitudes in permafrost and soils. As the arctic environment warms, this carbon may be released to the atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). The goal of this project is to understand how changes in a warming and drying arctic environment may affect the balance and stability of the arctic soil carbon. The team measured soil moisture, permafrost depth, carbon dioxide and methane gas in the soil and atmosphere, and surveyed plant composition, function, and primary productivity. They also used remote sensing as part of a larger project to investigate patterns of change across the tundra at various scales, from small local changes to landscape level changes.
|Students brave cold for research expedition to Alaska||20 February 2013||In this article, PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recounts her experience bringing her students...||Web Link|
|Teacher, students take a field trip to Alaska||8 March 2013||PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks traveled to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium with her...||Article|
|Florida Students Attend Alaska Marine Science Symposium||24 January 2013||Elizabeth Eubanks and St. Mark Catholic School students attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.||Web Link|
|Elizabeth Eubanks and the Arctic Tundra Dynamics team in Costa Rica||17 October 2012||PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks hosted a webinar from Costa Rica with Arctic Tundra Dynamics...||Event|
|Saint Mark school teacher brings Costa Rica back to the classroom||31 October 2012||Teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recently returned from a research trip to Costa Rica along with Steve...||Article|
|Technology Enhances KWL||Overview I, Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 – Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson...||Lesson|
|Polar Scientists: Polar Science||Overview Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 – Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson to...||Lesson|
|The Roost: Education||1 November 2008||Owl Research Institute Newsletter, the Roost, features PolarTREC teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks and the...||Article|
|Keep America Beautiful Network News||18 May 2009||The Keep America Beautiful Network News newsletter highlighted the beach clean up coordinated...||Article|
|Science Teacher Heads to the Arctic||31 May 2008||Los Angeles Times article highlights PolarTREC teacher, Elizabeth Eubanks preparations for her...||Article|