Posted by: crhammond | October 20, 2011

Upcoming Saturday Talks: Matthem Druckenmiller & Andrew Chang

Please join us this Saturday, October 22nd at 1:30pm for back to back Saturday Schoolyard talks at the Barrow Arctic Research Center (the new science building at NARL)!

All ages are welcome and as always, refreshments will be provided.

Need a ride?  A van will be in front of the Hospital door C at 2:25 and then at Tuzzy Library at 2:30pm to take people to and from the presentation.

Host Nokinba Acker, BASC, will introduce our two speakers for the afternoon:

Trails to the Whale: Interfacing geophysics and local knowledge to monitor shorefast ice during spring whaling 

Matthew Druckenmiller

Visiting fellow at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado.

Saturday, October 22, 2011  at 1:30pm in the Barrow Arctic Research Center

For the past five years, Matt has worked with many from the community to map Barrow’s spring ice trails. Using satellite imagery, discussions with hunters, and geophysical techniques to continuously measure ice thickness along trails, he has built a unique dataset on the condition of shorefast ice during spring whaling. In this presentation, Matt will summarize what he has learned and discuss his plan to keep the ice trail mapping project going into the future.

Andrew Chang

Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Environmental Research Center & University of California Davis

Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 2:45pm in the Barrow Arctic Research Center

Andy will describe the citizen science monitoring networks that his team is setting up in collaboration with educators along the Pacific coast. They are measuring the diversity and impacts of nonindigenous marine invertebrate species that are spreading northward along western North America. The aim is to establish baseline data showing what marine invertebrate species are present now, and then track them over time as climates change and new species arrive. By working with educators and students, they hope not only to get great research done, but also to work with local communities and use the project as a way to teach students about marine life.

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