Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Arctic Plant Phenology - Learning through Engaged Science (APPLES) (Award# 1525636)

PI: Post, Eric (post@ucdavis.edu)
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Institute/Department: U of California, Davis, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\PSI
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom (elrom@nsf.gov )
Discipline(s): | Biology\Climate Change |

Project Web Site(s):
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=15...
Data: https://arcticdata.io/

Science Summary:
The PI will develop and pilot a scalable strategy for involving educators in polar research and making data from polar research programs accessible to students. Plans include engaging grades 6-12 and undergraduate science educators in a long-term, ongoing research project in Greenland that examines changes in the phenology (e.g. seasonal life cycle events - in this case, the onset of springtime plant growth) of arctic plants and how this relates to climate. Educators and students will conduct similar observations and experiments in their local environment and will contribute their data to the ongoing research efforts. Participants will consist of approximately 24 middle school, high school, and undergraduate educators from schools across a range of geographical locations and school districts serving underrepresented and underserved students. The PI will conduct a workshop each year with the educators and develop online resources for the educators. Educators will be engaged in an ongoing study of plant phenology at a field site near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and they will learn observational and experimental methods of studying plant phenology that they can use with their students in their local environment. Educators from Fort Lewis College, Colorado, Blue Hill Consolidated School, Maine; and St. Paul Island, Alaska, will participate in this project. Additionally, the development of online resources will provide access to data from long-term research on arctic plant phenology, related lesson plans, and media representations of research activities in Greenland to an expanded network of educators. These on-line resources will serve educational needs beyond the duration of this project. The proposed activities present outstanding opportunities for the involvement of student groups, including Native American and Alaskan Aleut students, in research through hands-on training and inquiry-based educational experiences.

Logistics Summary:
Participants on this project will develop and pilot a scalable strategy for engaging middle school, high school, and undergraduate educators in polar research that will also prepare them to engage their students in similar research in the classroom. Plans include engaging K-12 and undergraduate science educators in a long-term and ongoing research project in Greenland, examining changes in the phenology of arctic plants and how this relates to climate change. Participants will consist of middle school, high school, and undergraduate educators from schools across a range of geographical locations and school districts serving underrepresented and underserved students. In 2016 and 2017, the researchers will send two people to Greenland in early spring to prepare experiments and five to seven people to Greenland for the duration of a flight period each season. In 2018, two team members will travel to Greenland commercially in May. One team member will travel to Greenland in June, and depart in July, via the Air National Guard. During these visits they will retrieve sensors and imagery data from a network of plant phenology cameras. This is the original grant awarded to Post while at Pennsylvania State University, and changed to 1748052 when the PI transferred to UC Davis, all logistics remain under the original grant.

CPS will provide ANG coordination for the participants and cargo and select camp/safety equipment. All other logistics will be organized by the researcher and paid through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2016Greenland - Kangerlussuaq04 / 25 / 2016 07 / 19 / 20167
2017Greenland - Kangerlussuaq05 / 08 / 2017 07 / 29 / 20179
2018Greenland - Kangerlussuaq05 / 17 / 2018 07 / 01 / 20184
 


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