In late winter 2016, I traveled to Finland for my sabbatical. This included a Science-Art Residency program (with the incomparable artist, Kim Reasor) at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Field Station, up in Finnish Lapland at 69 degrees north, involving the microbiology (and art!) of snow and ice.

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Drilling on Kilpisjärvi

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Kim sketching the Scandinavian Mountains

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A snow pit in the birch forest near Kilpisjärvi

I took the snow, ice and lake water samples back to the University of Jyväskylä, where I am analyzing their microbiology and chemistry.