I just wanted to provide a quick update that I’ve arrived in Thule, northwestern Greenland, and am about to deploy to a remote field site for two and a half weeks to conduct research that will ultimately become part of my dissertation. I was very sad to leave the rest of my IGERT team as they headed to Nuuk, but am excited to be beginning the next chapter of my work in Greenland. I’m also happy to return to Thule, where I spent a month last summer.
This season I’m looking forwards to working with Dartmouth College Earth Sciences faculty Meredith Kelly and Erich Osterberg, post doctoral fellow Eric Lutz, graduate student Matt Bigl, and undergraduate students Ellen Roy and John Thompson. We’ll be working from several different remote field camps north of Thule, and employing a variety of approaches including collecting ice cores, lake sediment cores, samples from glacially-deposited boulders for beryllium-10 dating, and samples of fossilized organic material for carbon-14 dating. Our goals are to study how temperature has varied over the Holocene (the past ~11,000 years), and to investigate how temperature changes impacted the size of both the Greenland Ice Sheet and a smaller body of ice called North Ice Cap.
Alas, I will have no internet access while in the field. However, I’ll provide updates upon our return. Please check back the end of the month!