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Faculty member, student to perform research in Siberian Arctic
July 1, 2008
As many other Oles bask in the warmth of summer, St. Olaf Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies John Schade and biology student Katie Abbott '09 will spend a month performing research in the Siberian Arctic.
"One reason we chose the Arctic is the uniqueness of the environment. With its midnight sun in the summer and unique organisms, it is attractive to students and myself as a place to experience what is, in effect, a strange new world," Schade says.
|This map shows the location of the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Russia. St. Olaf Professor John Schade and student Katie Abbott '09 will spend most of July performing research at the station.|
Over the course of the Polaris Project, faculty and student participants will study carbon and nitrogen cycling in areas of the Siberian tundra where permafrost is melting because of climate change. Schade notes that six or seven St. Olaf students will likely be involved with the project over the next three years. They will be among the 30-35 undergraduates from six institutions that organizers estimate will participate in the program. Students, including Abbott, will also share their research experiences with children at local schools to increase the impact of the Polaris Project.
"Our goal is to engage early career scientists and students and to expand the number of people actively involved in polar research," Schade says.