Arctic Tundra Dynamics 08

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 was 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.

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.

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Meet Emily
I'm sailing away, Set an open course for the virgin sea, 'Cause I've got to be free, Free to face the life that's ahead of me, On board, I'm the captain, so climb aboard, We'll search for tomorrow on every shore Thank you Styx for the great tune Meet Emily Meet Emily, such a natural girl! Attending an Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, HI as a senior in high school is not nearly intimidating as attending another science conference as an eighth grader. Since attending the State of the Arctic conference in Miami, FL four years ago, I have become more confident in my scientific ability...
Meet Aislinn
"Girls just wanna have fun! Oh girls just wanna have... Thats all we really want! Oh girls just wanna have fun!" Thanks Cindi Lauper for the lyrics Ace presents: Plastics in the Ocean Meet Aislinn Lavoie Meet Aislinn What’s in the Bag? So, I get to Hawaii and what does my teacher make us do? Make a video about something from the Ocean Science Conference! Well,doing it on the talks from the posters is out, and so is doing it on all of our field trips, because my trip mates have already claimed those topics. But I could do it on the experience of being an eighth grader at the...
Meet Katrina
Aloha e aloha e 'Ano 'ai ke aloha e Aloha ae aloha e A nu ay ki aloha e There's no place I'd rather be Then on my surfboard out at sea Lingering in the ocean blue And If I had one wish come true I'd surf till the sun sets Beyond the horizon Thanks Lilo and Stitch for the song theme. Meet Katrina Meet Katrina Katrina is an 8th grade student, whom I have had the pleasure of teaching for the last two and a half years. Katrina is a SoTRE. A SoTRE is a Student of Teacher of Researcher Experiences. Katrina has come all the way from Florida to present two posters at the Ocean Science Meeting...
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*Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day That's the island greeting that we send to you From the land where palm trees sway Thanks R. Alex Anderson for those lyrics and thanks Jimmy B- for the tunes I am so used to hearing. I know, it’s not Christmas, but this is the song that keeps popping in my head! Of course, if you ask my father in law, everyday is a good day for Christmas music! Saying Aloha with a fresh flower lei. Aloha, from the island of O’ahu. After a long day of flying and weeks of planning to get here, I feel so thankful that I made it to...
Meet Garrett
Let the sky fall When it crumbles We will stand tall Face it all together Let the sky fall When it crumbles We will stand tall Face it all together At skyfall That skyfall Thanks Adele It’s that time when folks are leaving and we get to say “see ya back in Florida”. Many of us different flights and our numbers are dwindling. As our team numbers drop so does the temperature. John and the Girls Head South 16 F in Anchorage and Dropping Garrett and Mrs Fran Hayden saying See ya soon It's been real Tonight as I took a walk a long Cook Inlet I felt the need to do some extra bundling as...

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Project Information

10 June 2008 to 18 July 2008
Location: Barrow, Alaska
Project Funded Title: Biocomplexity Associated with the Response of Arctic Tundra Carbon Balance to Warming and Drying across Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales

Meet the Team

Elizabeth Eubanks's picture
St. Mark Catholic School
Boynton Beach, FL
United States

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.

Steven Oberbauer's picture
Florida International University
Miami, FL
United States

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.

Paulo Olivas's picture
Florida International University
Miami, FL
United States

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.

Latest Comments

Hard to believe this was such a short time ago---- seems like forever. Looking forward to Learn Green.
Way to go, Katrina! But I can't find your journal to read and grade. Ms. G
Way to go, Katrina! But I can't find your journal to read and grade. Ms. G
Way to go, Katrina! But I can't find your journal to read and grade. Ms. G
Nice video.....what's in your bag??