Hi We're Craig Aumack and Andy Juhl, marine biologists currently doing research in the high Arctic. Ask Us Anything!
My name is Craig Aumack and I’m a scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Currently, I’m on a National Science Foundation funded field expedition in the Arctic Circle, based out of Barrow, Alaska. My research team includes Lamont-Doherty colleagues Andy Juhl and Rebecca Fowler, and graduate student Kyle Kinzler from Arizona State University.
I study organisms that live in and just below Arctic sea ice to ascertain their contribution to marine food webs. These organisms comprise the base of the polar web, feeding larger marine organisms like fish, seals and whales. This information may provide a clearer understanding of the relationship among sea ice and communities in a changing Arctic ecosystem.
We’re here to answer questions about our research, what it’s like to live and work at an Arctic field camp and any other questions you may have.
Our project website: http://lifeintheice.wordpress.com/ and our posts on Columbia University’s Earth Institute blog: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/tag/arctic-sea-ice-ecology/
Juhl/Aumack lab website: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~andyjuhl/Welcome.html
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory website: https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/
Lamont-Doherty on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LamontEarth (use the hashtag #LDEOarctic to find tweets related to our project)
Edit: Thank you all so much for your questions and interest in our research. We're stepping down from the computer and heading back out into the field. To learn more about this project and follow our progress in the Arctic, visit our website and blog: https://lifeintheice.wordpress.com/