by Jennifer Donovan
It didn’t take Kevin Endsley—who hails from Houston—long to learn that Alaska’s Bering Glacier is nothing like Texas. It’s nothing like Wisconsin either, Silvia Espino, a classmate from Milwaukee, soon discovered.
The glacier was a vast natural laboratory for Endsley and Espino, both juniors in applied geophysics. There they joined senior Joshua Richardson and Michigan Tech faculty members John Gierke and Nancy Auer on a ten-day research expedition in August 2007.
At the Bering Glacier camp on the edge of Vitus Lake, near the south-central coast of Alaska, the campus contingent worked alongside Robert Shuchman, codirector of the Michigan Tech Research Institute, who has been conducting research there with his team since 2000. The MTRI scientists designed a sensor that enables the US Bureau of Land Management to accurately measure and analyze the melting of the gigantic glacier.
The students were fresh from a summer course in field geophysics, where they learned . . .