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Big news in our house this evening! My oldest, a high school senior, has officially accepted his offer to study Economics and Politics at the University of Edinburgh! The first pic was from a trip there when he was 6. Our family's love of travel has rubbed off, and now I am supposed to be happy that in just a few short months, he will be attending 4 years of school over 3,000 miles away. 🤔 I am happy, and really proud, and also a bit weepy. But this does give me fabulous excuses to rack up frequent flyer miles!! Looking forward to lots of adventures, mostly his, but a few of my own too. .
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Mural in support of women of color at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. #educationaroundtheworld #womenofcolor #uedinburgh

School of Law, Old College #LLMQuest #uedinburgh

There you are! @#LLMQuest #uedinburgh

Remnants of sea ice along the coast of Herschel Island in late June. The region was completely locked with ice when we flew in by Twin Otter near the end of the month, but all disappeared in a matter of weeks. When the nearby ocean is covered with ice, winds chill as they pass over, cooling nearby tundra and slowing plant development. In recent decades, earlier sea ice loss each season (on average) has been associated with earlier plant growth in spring. The chain between sea ice and life on land is. it always direct, but is widespread in the Arctic. #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #TeamShrub #DartArctic #NatGeo

Moose in the Mackenzie River Delta, Canada. I've had a series of nights without sleep the past few weeks, and this is a scene from one of them. I was fortunate to be able to hop on a power boat ride from Herschel Island back to Inuvik with some Yukon Parks rangers, managing to cover the ~280 km trip across the Beaufort in 9 hrs or so. This scene was from after we entered the maze of channels and waterways of the delta around 5am. Once in the delta, the route became twisted, but with the advantage of much calmer water. This moose was sitting in the middle of one such waterway as our boat sped past. This was the beginning of my journey from Canada to Siberia while working on a #NatGeo grant to study tundra change in northern ecosystems. #DartArctic #Dartmouth #UEdinburgh #TeamShrub #Canada

The tip of Simpson Point on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island. This bit of land is constantly reshaped by ice, sea conditions, and sediment deposition. It provides one of the few protected harbors along Canada's NW coast, and was also home to me, Yukon Parks rangers, and a team from the #UEdinburgh as we spent part of June and July studying patterns of vegetation change on the island. #NatGeo #Grant #DartArctic #UEdinburgh #Canada #TeamShrub

The old Anglican mission house sits abandoned on Simpson Point, a rare protected spot on the coastline of Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island in the Canadian Arctic. Buildings on this small spit of land sit only meters above sea level, and as oceans rise this coastline - and the future of these buildings - is eroding rapidly into the sea. Other buildings on the island already feel the waves lapping against their foundations during high tides. Many of these relics of the islands whaling era may not last another century. The island is also an important hub for research on the ecology of climate change, with work being led by groups from Scotland, Germany, and Canada. I joined a team from Edinburgh to help study the effects of climate change on tundra ecology using drones. More on that in subsequent posts. #NatGeo #Canada #Dartmouth #DartArctic #UEdinburgh

Yukon's North Slope. Home to hundreds of thousands of caribou in the summer, but also a landscape in transition. The ice that has locked the soil in a steady state for thousands of years is receding deeper - and plants and animals are responding. I'll be spending this summer studying this from a birds eye view in Canada and Russia with a grant from #NatGeo, joining up with larger research teams in each area to better understand these processes. Not sure when I'll be able to post once I'm out in the field, but stay tuned for more as it comes! #UEdinburgh #DartArctic #TeamShrub #Explore #HiLDEN

Heading North. #iPhone snap of the Yukon en route to Inuvik. #NatGeo #DartArctic #UEdinburgh #Canada @hilleberg_the_tentmaker

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Flying low over Canada's Mackenzie River Delta. Photo by @jtkerby | These meandering channels mark the terminus of Canada's largest and longest river system. After flowing for over 1,000 miles, the mainstream empties its sediment-rich water directly into the Arctic Ocean. This photo marks the return journey for crew members from #TeamShrub (U. Edinburgh), a group of ecologists studying how climate change affects plant dynamics on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island on the Yukon's Arctic coastline. There are no easy ways to travel in the Canadian Arctic, but specialized planes, like this Twin Otter, allow for takeoffs and landings on tiny gravel/beach strips only a couple hundred feet long! #Arctic #UEdinburgh #ClimateChange #ConservationDrones #ActOnClimate #Fieldwork #Canada @conservationdrones

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Flying low over Canada's Mackenzie River Delta. Photo by @jtkerby | These meandering channels mark the terminus of Canada's largest and longest river system. After flowing for over 1,000 miles, the mainstream empties its sediment-rich water directly into the Arctic Ocean. This photo marks the return journey for crew members from #TeamShrub (U. Edinburgh), a group of ecologists studying how climate change affects plant dynamics on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island on the Yukon's Arctic coastline. There are no easy ways to travel in the Canadian Arctic, but specialized planes, like this Twin Otter, allow for takeoffs and landings on tiny gravel/beach strips only a couple hundred feet long! #Arctic #UEdinburgh #ClimateChange #ConservationDrones #ActOnClimate #Fieldwork #Canada @conservationdrones

Flying low over Canada's Mackenzie River Delta. Photo by @jtkerby | These meandering channels mark the terminus of Canada's largest and longest river system. After flowing for over 1,000 miles, the mainstream empties its sediment-rich water directly into the Arctic Ocean. This photo marks the return journey for crew members from #TeamShrub (U. Edinburgh), a group of ecologists studying how climate change affects plant dynamics on Qikiqtaruk (Herschel) Island on the Yukon's Arctic coastline. There are no easy ways to travel in the Canadian Arctic, but specialized planes, like this Twin Otter, allow for takeoffs and landings on tiny gravel/beach strips only a couple hundred feet long! #Arctic #UEdinburgh #ClimateChange #ConservationDrones #ActOnClimate #Fieldwork #Canada @conservationdrones

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