(for Julia and me, anyway!)
1. You wake up to views like these:
2. You say hello to your millions of fans (they eat breakfast along with you!).
3. You take measurements.
5. Sometimes, you’ll take samples to bring back to the lab for – you guessed it – more measurements!
6. You work some really variable hours.
Here we are digging soil samples at midnight..
.. then back at 9AM for a full day’s work.. we were out that same night until 2AM!
Gotta love tundra hours!
7. You conduct experiments and, in the process, get to use some pretty awesome equipment (I swear, watering backpacks are the new trend!).
8. If you’re lucky, sometimes you might get to see some pretty interesting organisms (can you spot both the musk oxen and the caribou in this picture?).
9. And meet other researchers who are studying other parts of the landscape!
(here we are working with some folks from NASA!)
10. Every night, after hours hauling water, digging soil pits, or hiking equipment, you realize how lucky you are to be doing exactly what you are doing. Because after all, how could you not care about the impacts of climate change in the Arctic when you come across views like these at 1AM?