Archive for May, 2012

Last day at Toolik

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I take off from Toolik the day after tomorrow. Here's a time series of photos from our experiment, starting on April 28, and ending on May 27. The acclerated plots melted about 10 days before the control plots. Control plot: Snowmelt acceleration plot: Here's the whole series from last year.  

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Solar Eclipse at Toolik

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

5:20 p.m. Taken through a piece of welding mask glass.

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Vole attack

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We were monitoring plants in our freshly melted tundra plots and we noticed that this Eriophorum had signs of herbivory. The vegetation and organic material had been turned into hay piles by a vole. Then, like Kane, as we stood up and looked around, we realized they were EVERYWHERE.


More caribou pictures

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Click for bigger versions Caribou (dots on lower right) grazing by moonlight in front of the Brooks Range. I think they are eating the tasty vegetation in the long-term fertilized research plots. This was about 10:30 p.m. last night. Temp was around –5°F. They are very focused on eating and rarely look ...