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> Climate Change and Arctic Tundra: Toolik Lake, Alaska

Arctic Ocean from the Air


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Description: Sea Ice floating in the Arctic Ocean.

Arctic Sea Ice


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Description: Sea Ice between Prudhoe Bay and Barrow, Alaska

Tundra Polygons


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Description: These are Tudra Polygons. They are a common feature of the arctic landscape. They are 5 to 50 meters in diameter and are formed when the ground cracks as it freezes. The network of cracks in the ground that outline the tundra polygons take decades or centuries to develop.

Touching the Arctic Oc...


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Description: I had to put my hand in the ocean. Having been in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico, touching the Artic Ocean for me was a dream come true!

Fox at Prudhoe Bay


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Description: A fox running from the road. There were several Cotton Grass plants in the background.

Geese and Lunes


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Description: Swimming with their babies

Prudhoe Bay Hotel


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Description: One of two hotel at Prudhoe Bay, also known as Dead Horse, Alaska

Arctic Caribou Inn


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Description: One of two hotels at Prudhoe Bay and the place to make reservations for an oil field tour to see the Arctic Ocean.

One Last Sunset


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Description: I had to get a picture of the last sunset that I would experience in the Arctic.

Weather Systems


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Description: It is amazing to realize that the weather systems that hit Texas begin in the Arctic of Alaska!



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Description: Chironomids collected from arctic lakes in Alaska

Invertebrates in Jars


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Description: The invertebrates collected are sorting into different jars

Cameron Lewis and John...


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Description: The samples are carried back to the lab where the invertebrates are sorted, put in jars, identified, dried, and then sent home to the lab. Cameron Lewis (bottom) and John Hart-Smith (top) are research assistants at both attending the University of North Carolina.

Invertebrates II


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Description: Invertebrates collected from Toolik Lake

Invertebrates I


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Description: Invertebrates collected from Toolik Lake

Sifting Sediment


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Description: After the lake sediment has been collected, they are rinsed in a 500 mm net to remove all of the dirt from the sample.

Robert Northington


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Description: Robert Northington, University of North Carolina, lifting the Eckman out of the lake.

Field Equipment


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Description: This is a hand-held sonar to measure the depth of water.

Shop Talk


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Description: On Tuesday nights at Toolik, they have “Shop Talk”.

Research equipment


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Description: This machine measures oxygen levels while the Arctic Ground Squirels are sleeping.

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