I spent June and August of 2013 living and conducting field research in Kaktovik, AK. Kaktovik is a small (population <300 people) Inupiat village on the Eastern coast of the Beaufort Sea in arctic Alaska. I was part of a team of researchers from UTMSI studying terrestrial inputs to coastal lagoons of the Beaufort Sea. My job was to help with field work and sort and identify benthic infauna. I also began fieldwork for my masters project, which involved collecting muscle tissue samples from large animals such as whales, seals, caribou and geese. All of these samples were given to me by local fishermen and hunters.
In addition to fieldwork, I taught a Summer Science Camp for local children in June. The camp was open to all kids aged 4-9 years. An amazing team of 5 teachers from Port Aransas, TX, Homer, AK and Kaktovik taught the camp. I had a great time getting to know the local kids and learning the Inupiaq names of animals from them.