Arctic Sea Ice Ecology

Polar ice is home to large communities of algae that thrive in the frigid Arctic environment, including microscopic bacteria, unicellular algae, diatoms, worms and crustaceans. These tiny organisms have a big impact on the marine ecosystem and the entire planet -- including us. Andy Juhl and Craig Aumack, scientists from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, are in Barrow, Alaska studying algae in and below sea ice, and how our warming climate may impact these important organisms.

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Location: Barrow, Alaska
Team: Andy Juhl, Craig Aumack, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Purpose: Climate and Sea Life
Start Date: May 2013