Nine science journalists and editors are rubbing elbows with polar researchers at the lab bench and in the field as part of the MBL’s Science Journalism Program at Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska. The Polar Fellows were awarded the unique opportunity to learn about Arctic climate change from the experts while participating in data collection and analysis. Before returning home on July 2, the Fellows will have visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Brooks Range, the Arctic coastal plain, and the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

In true journalistic fashion, the writers have been keeping a blog of their Arctic experience. Check it out here: http://toolikblog.wordpress.com/.

The 2010 MBL Polar Fellows are:

Victoria Barber, News Editor, The Arctic Sounder
Michael Barnes, Freelance Science Documentary Producer/Director
Julia Gross, Freelance Print Journalist, Germany
Louisa Jonas, Louisa Jonas Media
Julia Kumari Drapkin, Global Post, Argentina Correspondent
Susan Moran, Freelance Print Journalist
Ben Shaw, Producer/Editor, National Geographic Weekend
Chelsea Wald, Freelance Science Journalist
Gretchen Weber, Associate Producer, Climate Watch, KQED

Polar Fellow Gretchen Weber, associate producer for KQED’s Climate Watch, snapped this stunning shot in Alaska’s Brooks Range.

Polar Fellow Gretchen Weber, associate producer for KQED’s Climate Watch, snapped this stunning shot in Alaska’s Brooks Range.