Thinning Arctic Ice Allows Plankton Bloom

Donald Perovich, visiting professor of engineering at Thayer School, and a faculty member and advisor in the IGERT Program in Polar Environmental Change, was a member of a team of scientists who traveled to the Arctic on a NASA research cruise to study climate change last summer. During the trip, Perovich and his colleagues discovered a hidden world of microscopic plant life living under the Arctic ice.

An article published by Scientific Americannotes Perovich’s reaction to the discovery. “This is what you live for as a scientist,” Perovich said. “It’s unexpected. It’s pure discovery.”

Read the full story, published on 6/8/2012 by Scientific American.

Dartmouth Now, 6/13/12

 

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