Bear Guards Mitigate Risk of Working in Polar Bear Country

For years now, Barrow-based CPS partner UMIAQ has provided scientists with dedicated bear guards. Most of these native, North Slope Alaskans were born and raised in Barrow, and their familiarity with the climate, the landscape, and, yes, the bears makes them ideal counterparts for researchers.

Update from Summit Station

Our spring crew is comprised of 6 people. Four are returnees, 1 is staying on, and we have 1 new to Summit, so it’s a great blend to reinforce and build on existing knowledge while adding fresh eyes to bring good perspective to our discussions and training.

Arctic Microbes, Carbon Sequestration & Warming Temperatures

Deep beneath the frozen surface of the Arctic lies an enormous stock of carbon locked into the soil. When that soil warms, as it is predicted to as a result of a warming climate, much of that carbon could be released into the atmosphere, further accelerating climate change.

Freshies at Summit Station

Earlier today, Summit Station's webcam showed an image of stirred snow, indicating that the ski-equpped Twin Otter carrying departing staff was 'off-deck.' The plane was bound for Constable Pynt for a quick refueling before delivering eight PFS personnel to Iceland this evening.

Summit Station: Halos, Flakes, Apparitions

Our team at Summit Station has been offering glimpses of the light show they're witnessing as the north polar region slips into darkness. These optical effects are caused by light bending through ice crystals.

Notes From the Field: PolarTREC, Arctic Wolf Spiders & More

Leave it to a middle school science teacher to explain the complex food chain in Alaska’s tundra with simplicity. That’s exactly what Nell Kemp, a teacher at Chicago’s Kenwood Academy and PolarTREC participant is doing on her project blog.

Send Your Calendar Submissions!

Whether you're a scientist, field tech, adventurer, journalist, or some other intrepid soul who travels north, we want to hear from you. Specifically, we want your pictures for our 2014 calendar.

Photo Contest – Arctic Visions 2014 calendar

Send your favorite Arctic/arctic photo to us at If we select your image for the Polar Field Services Arctic Visions 2014 calendar, you’ll earn fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams—or a gift card worth up to $100, whichever comes first.

Arctic Field Training, June 26 & 27 2013

It's not too late to register for next week's Arctic Field Trainings at Toolik Station! There is no charge, and the trainings will be held all-day, Wednesday June 26 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a two-hour course, Thursday June 27 (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

Polar Careers: UMIAQ employee Brower Frantz, Barrow, AK

Meet Bower Frantz, a bear guard and supervisor for UMIAQ.LLC, a Barrow-based company that provides field logistics to researchers and others. He was recently featured in the Alaska Business Monthly.

Polar Careers: Emily Roseberry of UMIAQ, Inc.

Emily Roseberry’s Arctic roots run deep. Born and raised in Barrow, Roseberry is the daughter of an Inupiaq whaling captain. As such, she grew up with traditional knowledge and Arctic stewardship, making her a perfect fit for CPS’ new Science Logistics Manager through UMIAQ.

Close encounters with polar bears in Alaska

Polar bears recently dominated the news after a proposal to ban international trade in polar bear parts was rejected at a major conference on wildlife trade. The plight of the polar bears has become dire with the rapid melting of sea ice and other impacts of global warming.

Archaeological exploration in Greenland

This summer a team of four scientists followed up on an exciting accidental discovery made during a 2006 expedition at Iita, a long-ago abandoned settlement in Greenland on the northern shore of the Foulke Fjord.

Investigating Greenland Crevasses at Raven Camp

Guest blogger Jessica Scheick reports here on a last-minute research trip to Greenland she took with her advisor, noted glaciologist Gordon Hamilton (U Maine, Climage Change Research Institute), last summer.

The American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco

We’re sending a team to the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco to represent CH2M HILL Polar Services. The AGU meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences, attracting nearly 20,000 earth and space scientists, educators, students, and policy makers.

PFS 2.0

Here the Pagenkopp boys find themselves tending to our AGU bear, whose name we're still trying to determine. Said bear is wearing--what? First one to identify this piece of specialized clothing gets entered in a drawing for a prize during AGU week!

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

The mid-winter team maintaining science experiments and operations at Summit Station paused for pictures recently after we asked to see images of the fresh bunch of staff.

A pair of twins at Summit Station, Greenland

After a delay caused by weather, most Phase I staff and the PFS turnover crew departed Summit Station on Sunday. "Both our outbound flights have arrived. Freshies offloaded and fuel on load in the works," station operations manager Tracy Sheeley scribbled as she ran out the door.

A busy, critical, important day

We know a bunch of Americans are clumped together in small, crowded places today. They're focused on following carefully established rituals under the watchful eyes of—not judges exactly, but—officials.

Summit Station featured on Atmospheric Optics PODd

Ed Stockard writes that, per Les Crowley of Atmospheric Optics, the above image contains "at least 11 different optical phenomena." First person to name four wins an iTunes card!