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Toolik Lake: Pollutants - Research Project
Laurie Carr Studies Tundra Biodiversity in Alaska 5 June - 24 June 2004
Toolik Field Station Laurie Carr and Michelle Mack will be working in the field and the lab at Toolik Lake Field Station to investigate how plant diversity will affect the response of tundra ecosystems to global change. This project will involve working with experimental plots to focus on dwarf birch (Betula nana), an important species that influences how Arctic tundra responds to warmer temperatures.
Toolik Field Station Logo The Toolik Field Station (TFS) is located over 250 km above the Arctic Circle, and is administered by the Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The mission of TFS is to "support research and education that creates a greater understanding of the Arctic and its relationship to the global environment." Go to the Toolik Field Station homepage for more information, including maps and photos.

Meet the Teacher:

Scott McComb Laurie Carr teaches earth science in at White Mountains Regional High School in New Hampshire. In addition to TREC, Laurie has participated in several research summer programs, including projects with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and Access Earth. Laurie hopes that her TREC experience will challenge her physically, intellectually, and socially, as well as translate into tangible rewards for her students during the next school year.

Meet the Researcher:

Yu-Ping Chin Michelle Mack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Florida. Michelle is originally from Seattle, WA, so despite her current home in Florida, she is pre-adapted to the cold and wet weather that is often experienced during arctic summers. Michelle has been working on projects in arctic Alaska and Russia for the past three summers to understand the effects of climate change on arctic ecosystems. Through her TREC experience, Michelle hopes to learn more about how to communicate her research to a non-scientific audience.

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