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Kathleen Wright Studies Macroinvertebrates in Alaska Streams
28 June - 7 July 2004


Join teacher Kathleen Wright as she travels close to home for her TREC adventure at Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Kathleen will work with Dr. Carlos Pinkham from the Biology Department at Norwich University in Vermont and other researchers to survey macroinvertebrates in the relatively pristine watershed, which is reserved for ecological, hydrological, and climatic research. The research project will provide baseline information to analyze changes resulting from human impacts.

Kathleen teaches 4th grade at Woodriver Elementary in Fairbanks, Alaska. Kathleen has participated in biological fieldwork throughout Alaska and engages her students in place-based science by emphasizing Alaska and the arctic environment in her classroom. Kathleen believes that "by making connections to the world outside the classroom…we provide bridges that link classrooms to the world."

Click on the menu items on the left to learn about the project and interact with the team members:
  • Teacher's Journal: Find out more about Kathleen, read questions from her students, and read her journal from the field
  • Ask the Teacher: Message board where you can ask Ms. Wright questions about the project and her adventures
  • Photo Album: Find pictures of the research team, the local environment, and adventures in Alaska here

Caribou Poker Creek - Teacher's Journal
Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 2:22 am by Kathleen_Wright
Journal: Day 4 – 9 7/5/04

I awoke Wednesday, June 30, the day of our planned trip up the Steese, with the smell of smoke still strong in the house, a gray blanket outside, and a n...

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Caribou Poker Creek - Ask the Teacher
Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:24 pm by Janet_Warburton
In your journal entry, you said that the researchers would be even more interested in looking at Caribou Creek since the fire. Can you please elaborate on this for us? Why would they be more interest...

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