We have just returned from a quick foray into the region of Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik (Northern Quebec). We are investigating the dynamics of microbes, including viruses, in ponds created by melting permafrost. Although feasted on by insects, we came away with a nice set of samples and returned itchy, wet and smiling.
Another High Arctic field season in the books! Although we were able to get in and out of Ward Hunt exactly as planned, while on the island, an endless incursion of fog from the North restricted our helicopter time (an unsurprising, albeit disappointing turn of events). Nevertheless, the show went on, thanks to a veteran field team and great support from Parks Canada and PCSP.
Weather-willing, the team will be heading to Northern Ellesmere Island in July and then to Northern Québec in August.