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Amazing Nature: Science competition team tackles ocean acidification
Once again I find myself in classrooms at Kodiak Middle School talking about ocean acidification. The causes and background, the chemistry, and the effects on shell building animals and why it all matters for us in Kodiak are topics we discuss and explore with lectures and hands-on experiments. Due to a curriculum change I get to teach about ocean acidification in two grade levels this year; last year we learned a...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Student Science takes a look at Arctic Future
Last weekend was the statewide High School Ocean Science competition called the Tsunami Bowl. The competition is an annual event organized by the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and part of the National Ocean Science Bowl. Nineteen teams from around the State travelled to cold and snowy Seward to spend three days at the High School comparing their prowess in ocean scie...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Arctic is New International Frontier
This article was not written in Kodiak. This January, I have travelled far to the West and North to Tromso, the fifth largest town in Norway, to attend a conference called “Arctic Frontiers.” Upon arrival, we were greeted by subzero temperatures and a sparse but existent snow cover. It was the week of the sun’s return, and after months of semi-darkness the sun appeared for a few minutes as a large red ball between...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marine fungi: Forgotten ferocious feeders
I will refrain from complaining about the weather; you have probably heard enough of that lately. Standing in the pouring rain I was talking to a woman the other day. She said that with all the rain she was beginning to feel like a mushroom. What a delightfully optimistic point of view. A mushroom would probably appreciate the ongoing precipitation. Mushrooms are a group within the kingdom of the fungi. While we t...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra
As pungent eucalyptus trees soaked up inches of California rain, a few researchers inside San Francisco’s Moscone Center spoke of the treeless third of Alaska at the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The annual gathering of Earth and space scientists attracted more than 20,000 of them to San Francisco in late December. Alaska’s tundra landscapes carpet a good portion of the state, from the North...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Causes for sea star wasting still a mystery
During the winter holidays we surround ourselves with the symbols of Christmas; snowflakes, lights, bells, evergreen trees and stars. Some of these season’s cheers have an obvious origin (snowflakes for winter time, and lights to give cheer to your local electric company), in others the symbolism is more complicated and relates to various traditions from around the world. I would love to know how many Kodiak famil...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Marine snow is food for deep sea life
When I took a leasurely walk this morning I admired the beautiful snow capped peaks of the mountains all around. This time of year people either talk about how they are glad that the snow is not yet impacting traffic or they wish for the fluffy stuff in anticipation of time spent crunching through a white wonderland, skiing, sledding, building snow figures or digging tunnels and piles. Scientifically, snow is noth...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sustainable fisheries factor in ‘happiness index’
This semester, I am both teacher and student. I signed up for an online class from UAS titled “Local and Global sustainability.” It makes me view the issues of our times and my own actions from a different angle. First off we discussed at length how a sustainability approach integrates the five domains of Environment, Economy, Socio-cultural, Policy, and Technology. If you were to change your approach to how to ma...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Monkeyface pricklebacks and glob sculpin: uglies on the fish line
Sometimes life becomes so busy that it feels like a contra dance where one thing follows another just like the dancers in a line. It seems like fall is a time in Kodiak where many people are engaged in these dances, juggling many different tasks and taking care of work, play and volunteer business. As I am thinking about the last two weeks searching for something that would be of interest for an article, many seri...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ocean shows signs of planet transition
The view out of my office window shows a quiet ocean engulfed in a tranquility that seems impossible to rock as if it had been stable for millions of years. Yet I know from experience how the sound of a boat slicing through the surface water or the sharp whine of a floatplane trying to get airborne can tear apart this serene image in seconds. Not only the way we use the ocean changes, but the environment beneath t...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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