Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: PolarTREC - Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (Award# 1630463LT)

PI: Teevan, Lenore ()
Institute/Department: Booker T. Washington High School,  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ARE\TREC
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom ( )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach\Formal Science Education: K-12 |

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Science Summary:
The Artic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) will administer and implement, "Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (PolarTREC)", an international program that brings together U.S. teachers to participate in cutting-edge field research with polar scientists in various, and often remote, locations in the Arctic and Antarctica. Through hands-on field experiences in the Arctic and Antarctica, participating teachers (pre-service and in-service) will improve teaching strategies, develop resources for their careers, and change how they teach STEM in the classroom. The program goal is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing educators and polar researchers together in professional collaboration. By integrating research and education, PolarTREC will help sustain and grow the considerable scientific and public enthusiasm for polar research and education. ARCUS will support a total of twelve teachers for Arctic field seasons in 2017 and Antarctic field seasons in 2017/2018. ARCUS will recruit, select, and match teachers and researchers, maintain a website for dissemination of information about the expeditions, provide orientation training for the teachers that includes field safety and communication training, provide travel support for the teachers to meet with scientists prior to deployments and for them to join the scientific expeditions in the field, and evaluate results of the program. Dissemination efforts via the website and public presentations are expected to reach many additional teachers, students, scientists and the public.

Logistics Summary:
PolarTREC teacher, Lenore Teevan, will join Dr. Mary Beth Decker's project (Lead PI is Bi, NSF grant 1602488) aboard the R/V Sikuliaq, in the Eastern Bering Sea to study jellyfish populations. The ultimate goal is to estimate the reproductive capacity and success of this jellyfish in relation to climate variability and to investigate the potential for jellyfish population increases to become a recurring pattern in the Bering Sea under future climate scenarios. In the Bering Sea ecosystem, key questions are whether increases in jellyfish abundance are a recurring phenomenon under climate change and fishing pressure and how these population increases affect ecosystem structure. For more information refer to grant 1602488 in this database

SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2017Arctic Ocean and Seas - Bering Sea0

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