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“Tall Trees in Cold Seas: Sampling Period 3”

And just like that, summer is over. High latitude season shifts are pronounced and fierce; southeast Alaska is no different. Photosynthetic organisms rely on the heavy summer sunlight period to maximize their growth potential, soaking up as much energy as possible while the opportunity lasts. From March to August, plant-like life in southeast Alaska’s nearshore shallow seas undergoes a shocking change. Read more

Nueva School Guest Writer Ina Lalic

We welcome guest writer Ina Lalic, a participant in Nueva School’s junior year American Studies capstone course at Inian Islands Institute.

My time at the Inian Islands Institute will go down in my mind as one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken. From the first foot we set at the Hobbit Hole, our whole group was slack-jawed with the stunning physical beauty of Southeast Alaska. A group of lucky kids who have seen wonders in Peru, France and Cambodia were all silenced by the beauty within their home country. We were welcomed at the Institute by the open arms of Lexie, her daughter Jordan, Colter, and their WWOOFer Emily. From the beginning to the very end of our time with them, they did their utmost to make us feel warm, included, welcome, and well-fed.

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Scientist in Residence: Alyssa Adler

From the time I was a young girl, all I wanted was to play outside. I used the ferns in my childhood backyard to hoist myself up muddy Pacific Northwest slopes, sat by the edge of the property’s wooded creek and imagined it was a roaring river. Read more

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