Hi! My name is Claire Behnke. I am a Biology and Spanish major and will be starting my final year at Augustana in the fall. This summer I will be working in Greenland with Augustana’s geography professor, Dr. Jennifer Burnham as well as her husband Dr. Kurt Burnham and other researchers from the High Arctic Institute. The team has been doing research on birds breeding in Greenland for many years. This summer I will be helping with their project to better understand the migration of Black-legged Kittiwakes and Arctic Terns. We will be doing our research near the Thule Airbase located in Northwest Greenland. I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing research process and cannot wait for what this summer holds!
These past few days since leaving Chicago have flown by fast, despite having to hurry up and wait at times as I talked about before. We’ve been doing a lot preparation for the field season, which has been good hard work! Before I get into that, however, let’s catch up on the second half of [...]
One thing I will start to learn in these next six weeks is how to rush and get things done, and then have to wait until the next step. Already I’m beginning to understand the phrase “hurry up and wait.” This morning I flew out of Chicago and to Baltimore to catch a plane to [...]
Before adventuring to Greenland, we will be holding the Polar Palooza. We invite families and children to the event to come and learn about the Arctic, how animals survive the cold, and other cool things! The event will be held April 28th from 9am-12pm in the Swenson GeoSciences Building. Hope to see you there!