Expedition 2006

Summer 2006 was spent in the first of three project field expeditions to the Kuril Islands. In addition to the ship crew on the Russian ship “Gipanis”, this expedition included 21 scientists, 8 graduate students, 4 undergraduate students, a middle school teacher and a photographer – 35 project participants in all. This group spent 43 days (July 18 to August 30) visiting the Kuril Islands and conducting archaeological, geological, and paleoecological field investigations on a number of islands from the southernmost end of  Kunashir to the northernmost island of Shumshu (a linear distance of 1140 km).  In an effort to maximize the amount of research performed in a limited time frame, teams of archaeologists, geologists, and paleoecologists were deployed in remote field camps for periods of up to two weeks in promising locations while the ship took the remaining participants to other sectors of the archipelago for more rapid scientific surveys.  Teams went to shore at approximately 35 locations throughout the archipelago.

TREC Virtual Base Camp

The KBP was accompanied by Misty Nikula-Ohlsen, a former chemical engineer and current Math and Science teacher at Whatcom Day Academy in Bellingham, Washington. Misty's participation in Expedition 2006 was part of our educational program and public outreach to involve students and the public in academic science. During our time in the field Misty interacted with her students in the US via email and her online journal, which documented her perspective and experiences in the Kuril Islands.

Research vessel 'Gipanis' in fog; Copyright Beth Martin - Click for larger version