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Polaris

The core of the Polaris Project is a field course studying arctic system science at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Siberia (north of the Arctic Circle on the Kolyma River). It is one of the most remote corners of the planet--and also potentially one of the most important. As our planet's climate warms, carbon that has been frozen away in the permafrost is thawing and seeping into the rivers and lakes. As microbes eat this freshly thawed carbon, they release potent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Siberia's "carbon bomb" can have far-reaching impacts on our entire planet and way of life.

I joined the 2009, 2010, and 2014 summer Polaris expeditions to document the students, the science, and the environment using still photographs and audio/video recordings. In 2010 I also mentored Max Wilbert, an environmental journalism major from Western Washington University.

Resources

In the news

  • July 8, 2013 - interview with Marcie Sillman on Seattle's NPR station, KUOW, about my work photographing the Polaris Project in Siberia
  • August 11, 2009 - KNPB TV Reno uses several of my Polaris Project photos in an online multimedia interview with Dr. Sudeep Chandra and Joanne Heslop.
  • July 24, 2009 - my photos from the Polaris Project in Siberia are featured in a multimedia slideshow on the New York Times Dot Earth blog.

Funding

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The Polaris Project is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Woods Hole Research Center, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.