Posted by: coastlinesproject | December 26, 2013

Lija Treibergs discusses Arctic research at Duxbury library.

by David A. Mittell, Jr.**
Clipper Staff

For six weeks surrounding the 2013 autumnal equinox, a 2007 Duxbury High School graduate took what may prove to be an immense step in her life and career. Lija Treibergs of Pilgrim Road was the youngest in an international gathering of 35 scientists doing research north of Siberia aboard the Russian vessel Akademic Federov.
Arctic Ocean research, especially in former Soviet waters, has really barely begun. Given the widespread evidence of melting icecap in the last three decades, the maturation of this research could be the most consequential scientific work for the rest of the century and beyond.
Arctic waters, of which we know little, are more complex than the warmer oceans, of which know a little more, but not enough. If retreating ice is irreversible, newly open waters are expected to deplete nutrients, with untold effects on fisheries, marine wildlife, land animals, ocean currents ā€“ and man. Many effects will be in temperate zones as well as in the far north. As exactly as we can, we need to know what is happening and what may happen. The science involved will entail a gamut of biology, chemistry, physics, micro-technology and computer modeling. Work for a century!
Lija Treibergs almost seems born for this work. As a child cross-country skiing in Duxbury Town Forest, she imagined she was in the Arctic. She describes enjoyable experiences at DHS ā€“ notably being inspired by her music teachers. Her 2012 degree from Princeton is jointly in geosciences and music. She is currently a master’s degree student at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Marine Sciences in Groton, Conn.
Ms. Treibergs’ specialty aboard the Akademic Federov was selecting sites for collecting 116 nitrogen samples for molecular analysis along the continental shelf of the Eurasian Basin from depths ranging from 100 to 4,000 meters.
From the Russian Arctic Lija sent The Clipper three reports describing her regimen, her scientific colleagues, the animals, the ice, the sky and the dramatic colors of the Polar ocean. These reports have been republished in the scientific community, and are a reminder that science will always have a place for fine writing. She will talk about her experiences this Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Merry Room at the Duxbury Free Library.

* Duxbury Free Library

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