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Polaris Project to continue research in Siberia

By Mara Kumagai Fink '11
April 7, 2011

Part of the Polaris research station along the Kolyma River in the Siberian Arctic, where a number of St. Olaf students have spent their summers.

Renewed funding for the Polaris Project will send at least three St. Olaf students to the Siberian Arctic this summer and will provide funding for four more summers of researchers in the future.

The Polaris Project recently received a $183,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to renew funding for four more years. The Polaris Project is a field course and research experience that takes students to the Siberian Arctic, where they conduct research on the impact of carbon and nutrient transports on global climate change.


At St. Olaf, the program manifests itself in both an on-campus course and an opportunity for select students to travel to Siberia for the research experience with Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science John Schade. This year up to four students will participate in the research in Siberia, including Sam Dunn '11, Laurel Lynch '12, and Sarah Ludwig '13.

Read past stories about the project from 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Contact David Gonnerman at 507-786-3315 or