I’m finally back from my adventures at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska. Rather than formal parting thoughts, it seemed more appropriate to give readers a sense of what environmental scientists do for fun when the nearest watering hole or movie theater is a 350-mile drive down the Dalton Highway. Everybody at camp works incredibly hard (perhaps all universities should simulate midnight sun streaming through their lab windows–it clearly helps to keep students working ’til the wee hours of the morning). But during their few hours of down time, they get incredibly creative. The following video came as a challenge from one summer researcher during Toolik’s “One Glove, One Love,” Michael Jackson tribute party, which incidentally featured a lot of nicely decorated left-handed lab gloves. She asked the reporters that had infiltrated camp why we hadn’t asked the researchers for reaction quotes following MJ’s death. Fair enough. There’s no reason only celebrities should have an opinion. Soon after, she threw down the gauntlet: if the camp puts on their own production of Thriller, would we broadcast it? Well, here’s what happens when you mix scientists, a few reporters, MJ, and the worst mosquito swarm seen on camp during my two weeks at Toolik.
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