Rolf Gradinger – Scientists

Rolf Gradinger Associate Professor School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of Alaska Fairbanks What questions related to the Arctic are you trying to answer? I have been working in the Arctic since my first expedition as a graduate student in 1984. Since my first trip, I was fascinated by sea ice. I was […]

Steve Zack – Scientists

Steve Zack Wildlife Conservation Society Portland, Oregon What questions related to the Arctic are you trying to answer? We are trying to understand how wildlife in the Arctic is affected by both a changing climate and increasing oil development. The wildlife we do our work with in Alaska are the migratory birds that arrive in […]

Simon Belt – Scientists

Simon Belt Centre for Chemical Sciences School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences University of Plymouth United Kingdom What questions related to the Arctic are you trying to answer? My main area of interest in the Arctic concerns the sea ice. This is the part of the Arctic Ocean that freezes in the winter […]

More Resources – Scientists

Scientists – More Resources The International Polar Year’s webpage for Educators has a catalog of lesson plans, activities, classroom posters, discussion groups, podcasts, live chats with scientists in the field, and other resources for teachers. Classrooms can launch a virtual balloon to show their involvement with the IPY and participate in IPY Science Days every […]

Action! – Scientists

Scientists – Action! You don’t have to go through years of training to help with scientific research. Many Citizen Science programs exist where hobby-scientists do some of the field work necessary to help professional scientists. Visit Citizen Science in Action to find a list of projects where you can help research a variety of topics- […]

Discussion Starters – Scientists

Scientists – Discussion Starters Teachers: Use the following information to spark discussion in your classroom. Familiarize students with the events, people and organizations in the following paragraphs and then encourage students to discuss their opinions and reactions. There are several example questions and suggested areas for discussion. Remind your students that discussion requires well-supported opinions, […]

Lesson Plan – Scientists

Scientists – Lesson Plans Central questions: How do scientists learn about our world? What questions are scientists currently asking about the Polar regions? What is it like to be a scientist in the Polar regions? Objectives: Each student will read about a scientist and his/her work. Students will introduce their scientist to their classmates. Students […]

Scientists: Overview

Discussion Starters Lesson Plans Action! More Resources Adventure Learning Scientists: Profiles Achim A. Beylich Brenda Hall Dr. John S. Kimball Dr. Maarten J.J.E. Loonen Steve Zack Simon Belt Another word for “scientist” is investigator. Scientists look at the world and find gaps in our understanding of how things work and they design investigations to try […]

More Resources – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – More Resources The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Arctic Studies Center has a feature on Arctic wildlife and on 19th Century explorer and Naturalist Edward Nelson who documented many of the species of the Arctic. National Geographic’s Animals website gives information on animals from all parts of the world, including the […]

Action! – Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals – Action! The Natural Resources Defense Council has an action page where you can learn about the effects of global warming on polar bears and then personalize and send a letter to the Bush Administration requesting action to slow global warming and list the polar bear as a threatened and endangered species. Although […]