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