Microbial Activity in Thawing Arctic Permafrost 2012
Meet the Team
Teacher - Cristina Solis
Life as a middle school science teacher isn't strictly academics. In addition to teaching life and physical science, Ms. Solis has also taught math, leadership, cooking, and even belly dancing in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Ms. Solis earned her Masters from Columbia University in New York City, earned her Bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, and completed a study abroad at Oxford University in England. Always looking for ways to improve her practice and grow as an educator, Ms. Solis actively participates in professional development with organizations such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), and the World Forestry Institute (WFI). In 2009, Earthwatch selected Ms. Solis to assist in research on coastal ecology in the Bahamas. Ms. Solis is currently a National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Teacher Fellow.
Researcher - Lars Angenent
Lars Angenent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His research interests include the conversion of organic waste into bioenergy, the development of biosensors, photobioreactors and bioaerosols, and the creation of biocomputing devices that are based on microbial electrochemical technologies. Learn more about Dr. Angenent's research at his faculty webpage [http://angenent.bee.cornell.edu/DrLarsAngenent.html]
Researcher - David Lipson
David Lipson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University. His research interests include soil microbial ecology, plant-microbe interactions, and linking microbial diversity to ecosystem processes.
Researcher - Ted Raab
Researcher - Elliot Friedman
Where are They?
What are they Doing?
To collect their data, the research team will combine research methods from biology, ecology, and biotechnology. This year the team will be performing experiments to determine the role that bacterial processes play in the production of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases from peat soils. They will collect data in the field including gas flux measurements, soil cores, thaw depth, water table depth, pH and dissolved oxygen content. Additionally they will monitor bacterial respiration and conduct related lab experiments.
|Middle school teacher brings arctic research to the classroom||1 January 2013||Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles profiles one of its alumni, teacher Cristina Solis who also...||Article|
|Soil Study||Overview Students will conduct a soil study by investigating pH and water absorption. Objectives...||Lesson|
|What Is My Footprint?||Overview Students will investigate what a carbon footprint is and calculate their own personal...||Lesson|
|Cristina Solis and the Microbial Activity in Arctic Permafrost Expedition||27 July 2012||PolarTREC teacher Cristina Solis and her team presented their work on microbial activity in the...||Event|
|Destination: North Pole for Torrance Teacher||2 July 2012||Article from the Daily Breeze (Los Angeles) describes PolarTREC teacher Cristina Solis's upcoming...||Article|
|Elliot Friedman and Terrestrial Methane and Microbiology||4 April 2012||This 1 hour event is for educators interested in learning more on natural methane cycling,...||Event|