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Journals 2008/2009

Karen Rudio
Calcutt Middle School, Central Falls, RI

"Long-term Observations in the Northern Gulf of Alaska: Ecosystem Response to Climate Variability"
R/V Tiglax
September 12-19, 2008
Journal Index:
September 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15
                 16 - 17 - 18

September 10, 2008
Travel Day

I'm Karen Rudio, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, Rhode Island. I am one of ten lucky science teachers chosen this year to participate in the National Science Foundation's ARNADA Project administered by the Office of Marine Programs at the University of Rhode Island. The ARMADA Project is placing me on the R/V Tiglax. Tiglax is the Aleutian word for Eagle, literally "big claws." It is owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior. It is being rented for the week by Dr. Russ Hopcroft, a professor from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Hopcroft received a grant from the North Pacific Research Board, a non-governmental organization (NGO), to do oceanographic research in the Gulf of Alaska.

But I have to get there first. The taxi picked me up this morning at about 5:45 am to meet up with the commuter rail to Boston. The train got me to Boston in plenty of time for my 10:00 am flight to Anchorage, Alaska by way of Dallas, Texas. I finally arrived in Anchorage about 18 hours later. Sleep was my top priority!