UMIAQ Science Staff

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UMIAQ has hired Karl Newyear (Chief Scientist) and Chelsea Stephens (Lab Manager) who will comprise the Science Team focused on laboratory issues through the summer research season. Their expertise will complement the Field Logistics Team which has been providing excellent support since January to NSF-funded researchers. Karl and Chelsea have an office in the BARC building and will be working closely with CPS Logistics Managers Faustine Bernadac and Josh Bacon to ensure that researchers in Barrow receive access to the resources they need to successfully and safely complete their season’s activities.

Karl Newyear comes to Barrow with significant experience in polar research activities. He earned a doctorate from the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography studying the propagation of surface waves through grease ice. He then participated as a Science Techncian in the SHEBA (Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic) project as it drifted on a Canadian icebreaker intentionally frozen into the Beaufort Sea ice north of Alaska. From there he worked for 10 years in the Marine Science division of the US Antarctic Program where he planned and managed research cruises involving the range of oceanographic disciplines during all seasons of the year. Karl has worked with Polar Field Services as a Safety Expert; Winter Manager at Summit Station, Greenland; and Transition Coordinator for Barrow Science Support.  His background allows him to connect science activities with their administration.

Chelsea Stephens is currently completing her doctorate at Purdue University in analytical chemistry, specializing in atmospheric halogen radical reactions. She participated in the OASIS (Ocean-Atmosphere-Sea Ice-Snowpack interactions) field campaign in Barrow during 2009 making ambient measurements of chlorine and bromine monoxide radicals using a novel chemical reaction method upstream of a gas chromatograph.  The aim of this campaign was to study the chemical reactions and processes associated with ozone and mercury depletion events during spring.  In 2011 she deployed an instrument sled on the sea ice to measure meteorological parameters, solar radiation, and collect chemical samples of halogen radicals.  She draws on her experience as an NSF-funded researcher and field/laboratory chemist to assist with the science logistics in Barrow and management of the BARC laboratory facilities.

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