Carin in the "other polar region",
holding an Antarctic resident (penguin).
Carin Ashjian, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – Chief Scientist
Carin will organize the cruise and work with the Coast Guard to plan each day.  She is also working on zooplankton studies, including plankton abundance and distributions, copepod and krill grazing and respiration, and the fine scale distribution of plankton from data collected using a Video Plankton Recorder.
6Steve Okkonen, University of Alaska – Co-Chief ScientistSteve will help Carin organize the day-to-day activities of the science party.  He will be working on the physical oceanography as well as helping to sample the plankton.  He is interested in how the ocean temperature structure transitions from summer to winter conditions.
2Bob Campbell, University of Rhode Island
Bob will be working on the zooplankton portion of the study.  He is particularly interested in copepod and krill vital rates and condition, including grazing, respiration, and body lipid and carbon content.  He also is interested in differentiating populations of copepods and krill using genetics.
Sam Laney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Sam will be looking at overwintering phytoplankton to understand their distributions, metabolic state (are they dormant?), and how quickly they might “wake up” when exposed to light such as would be encountered in spring. 
Krista Longnecker, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Krista is interested in the sources of dissolved organic matter in the ocean during the Arctic winter.  This organic matter provides fuel for bacteria that may convert it into bacterial carbon.  Krista will also be working with Carin and Bob to see if bacteria can use organic carbon produced by copepods.
Dean Stockwell, University of Alaska
Dean will be describing the distributions of chlorophyll, a pigment found in phytoplankton, in these Arctic seas during early winter. 
3Philip Alatalo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Phil will be working on the zooplankton studies.  He will also be in charge of the care and feeding of the Video Plankton Recorder and the Multinet.
Erik Arnesen, Oregon State University
Erik is providing science support for the cruise.  He will be helping us especially with the CTD sampling and data collection.   He is also known as "Erik the Red".

Eric Burns, United States Coast Guard
Eric is providing support for our computer systems while we are on Healy.  He is also known as "Eric the Blue".
5 Celia Gelfman, University of Rhode Island
Celia will be working on the zooplankton studies, especially the identification of copepod species and copepod and krill grazing studies and genetics.
Dave Leech, University of Alaska
Dave will be working mainly on the CTD sampling. He also will be in charge of deploying a mooring near Icy Cape. 

Joel Llopiz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Joel is part of the zooplankton and CTD team.  He would love to find some late-stage fish larvae unfortunate enough to have to fend for themselves under such conditions. But he'll likely have to settle for looking for appendicularians—aka, to him at least, the cooler-than-copepods zooplankton. An avid cyclist, he might also set the well-known record for riding a carbon fiber racing bike at the highest-ever latitude (though attached to a fluid trainer).
Toby Martin, Oregon State University
Toby is doing science support for the cruise. He will be working especially with the CTD. 
Chad McLaren, National Ice Center
Chad is an Ice Analyst who will be working with the ice images that we receive from the National Ice Center.  We use ice images to help navigate through the sea ice by finding the easiest path.

David Pavlik, US Fish and Wildlife Service
David will be observing birds and mammals during the few hours of daylight from the bridge.  He will record the numbers and species of each.

Steve Roberts, UCAR
Steve is doing science support, particularly underway data collection and data display.  He is the master of the “MapServer”, the program that displays a map of our location, where we have been already, where we are going, sea ice cover, and other data.
4Chantelle Rose, Graham High School, St. Paris, OH
Chantelle is a high school teacher who will be joining us through the PolarTrec Program (  She teaches science to her students and has been engaging them in Arctic studies this fall. She will continue to send back projects for them while she is on the cruise.  Please check out Chantelle’s PolarTrec page.
Kristina Terpis, University of Rhode Island
Kristina will be working on the zooplankton studies. This is her first oceanographic cruise.
7Donna van Keuren, University of Rhode Island
Donna will also be working on the zooplankton studies.  She will be the ‘chlorophyll boss’ for the zooplankton grazing studies.

The Captain, Officers, and Crew of USCGC Healy
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