You’ll become very familiar with the flora, fauna, and landscape of this singular place. Every day you’ll leave early for the field, where, depending on the season and research focus, you’ll help set up and monitor equipment and collect data on features of the permafrost and soil; the occurrence of vascular plants, lichens, and mosses; plant phenology (the timing of seasonal events such as flowering, first leaves, etc.); growth rings of trees; and the numbers of mammals and birds.
In the afternoon you’ll return to the comfort of the lodge, where you’ll help enter data and process samples in the lab. After a convivial dinner, you might attend a talk on climate change, the natural history of species in the area, or ecotourism. Or you can enjoy the time relaxing, reading, or chatting with team members.
On one day during the expedition, your team will take a break from the research scientist life and explore some of the area’s recreational offerings. Dechen la’ Lodge is the perfect base for day hikes or for simply enjoying your free time by looking out over the landscape.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.