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  • Alicia Patterson Fellowship 

    January 5, 2015, 00:28

    The year is off to a great start with the news that I have been awarded a 12-month Alicia Patterson Foundation grant, American journalism’s oldest writing…

  • At sea on research ship 

    July 29, 2013, 21:45

    I am currently aboard the R/V Lance for the MOSJ-ICE cruise, which travels from Longyearbyen to Rijpfjorden sampling plankton, ocean currents and water…

  • Boston-New York lecture tour 

    April 17, 2016, 17:42

    Museum of Science in Boston Randall Hyman at the Museum of Science in Boston I was on the road this past week underwritten by the Norwegian Consulate of…

  • Deep Sea Rising article in SCIENCE 

    November 4, 2016, 12:39

    Bioluminescence is as mysterious as the deep ocean realm where animals' own light becomes stronger than daylight as surface light fades into darkness 200 to…

  • IU alumni magazine feature 

    January 6, 2016, 16:08

    As I prepare to join a research team aboard a ship off the Svalbard archipelago later this month, my alma mater, Indiana University, recently published this…

  • Methane and climate change article in SCIENCE 

    May 8, 2017, 21:47

    When it comes to climate change, good news is rare in the Arctic, where temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else on the globe. Enter methane gas, some…

  • Methane article in HUFFINGTON POST 

    March 29, 2016, 11:51

    Here is a condensed, easy-to-read version of my article about the promise and peril of methane hydrates off the coast of the Svalbard archipelago. CLICK…

  • Methane article in SCANDINAVIAN REVIEW 

    November 24, 2015, 19:27

    Methane and methane hydrates may be the key to Norway’s next big energy boom. With oil and coal on the decline, Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced earlier…

  • More radio interviews 

    December 27, 2013, 14:35

    Many Americans seem to be waking up to the reality and threats of both climate change and the poisoning of the Arctic Ocean, with NPR, The Weather Channel and…

  • NBC-TV affiliate interview 

    October 1, 2014, 21:26

    As the list of venues grows where I have presented my video/photo lecture show on climate change and sustainability, the NBC affiliate television station in…

  • Northern Lights article in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE 

    October 15, 2014, 08:26

    While at the Arctic Frontiers science and policy conference in Tromsø, Norway last January, I did a story about the booming phenomenon of Northern Lights…

  • Norwegian Embassy feature 

    November 5, 2014, 23:38

    The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington just launched a website series showcasing one American each month whose work focuses on the Arctic. They chose me as…

  • Norwegian Embassy interview in ARCTIC DEEPLY 

    April 4, 2017, 21:21

    For centuries, with the dramatic exceptions of World War II and the Cold War, Norway and Russia have enjoyed open and friendly land and maritime borders, but…

  • NPR interview, traveling exhibit and lecture show 

    December 15, 2013, 13:55

    More and more Americans are becoming concerned about the fate of the Arctic and how it relates to their own actions and future.  With growing concern comes…

  • Oil in paradise essay in ARCTIC DEEPLY 

    August 9, 2017, 18:04

    If next month’s Norwegian elections topple the ruling national government as polls predict, plans to drill for oil in waters along the country’s rugged…

  • Paleoclimate and clams articles in DISCOVER MAGAZINE 

    September 12, 2014, 00:15

    A trilogy of articles for Discover Magazine's Field Notes department covers my recent trip with a team of scientists off the north tip of Norway studying clams…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: On an icy ledge 

    April 20, 2013, 13:53

    Ice physicist Sebastian Gerland and marine chemist Agneta Fransson of the Norwegian Polar Institute work with marine chemist Melissa Chierici of the Institute…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Anchors aweigh! 

    May 8, 2013, 15:02

    A week aboard the Norwegian Coast Guard frigate, K/V Andenes, has taken me southward 1125 kilometers (700 miles) across the Greenland Sea from the High Arctic…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Austrian detour 

    June 12, 2013, 15:31

    Just back in Norway from Austria, where I was invited by the Karl Franzens-University of Graz through the Fulbright Intercountry Lecturer Program as a speaker…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Birds-ice-view 

    April 28, 2013, 22:59

    From high above, springtime in Svalbard appears as a solid sheet of snow and ice-- hardly an inviting place to build your nest and breed.  But when 24-hour…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Climate change review 

    June 18, 2013, 02:00

    Seven years ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article datelined Greenland, July 18th, celebrating the warming Arctic climate in terms of increased…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Climate research with Miss Piggy 

    April 16, 2013, 17:16

    German and French climatologists of the combined AWIPEV Institutes at the Ny-Ålesund science base probe the atmosphere with all the tools at their disposal,…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Dog sleds, ice caves & snowmobiles 

    April 29, 2013, 21:02

    Aside from coal and the University Centre, which specializes in Arctic studies, tourism is a major revenue earner in Longyearbyen.  From snowmobiling to dog…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Glacier with a view 

    April 20, 2013, 00:43

    Speeding by snowmobile across Kongsvegen Glacier on Spitsbergen island, Norwegian Polar Institute glaciologist Jack Kohler and his team core snow high atop…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Hammerfest at the crossroads 

    May 14, 2013, 23:02

    Hammerfest, northernmost town in the world, is at the crossroads of past and future, from vestiges of the fiery annihilation of northern Norway during the Nazi…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Hip hooray for 17th of May 

    May 21, 2013, 00:41

    “Hip hurra for syttende mai!,” is the cheer heard throughout Norway on this day, the equivalent of America's July 4th. It is National Day, and Norwegians…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Honningsvåg's rites of passage 

    May 15, 2013, 17:00

    From the moment I arrive in Honningsvåg, I see this is a visit about passages. I already have lots of landscape pictures of North Cape, northernmost point in…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Hurtigruten's fast route to midnight sun 

    May 14, 2013, 19:12

    Traveling by cruise ship from the dark nights of the Lofoten Islands to the endless daylight of the midnight sun along the northernmost coast of mainland…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: In the beginning, there were protists 

    August 24, 2013, 18:36

    It is perhaps fitting that my four-month journey across the Norwegian Arctic should end at the beginning... of life, that is. I am traveling aboard the…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: It takes a village (aka science base) 

    April 17, 2013, 01:04

    When it comes to the complexities of climate research, it DOES take a village.  By a coincidence of history and location, the former coal mining town of…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Kirkenes borderlands 

    May 27, 2013, 11:45

    It all ends here. And it all starts here-- with mind-blowing facts and historical contradictions. Norway's Russian border is defined largely by one river,…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Life as a field assistant 

    July 24, 2013, 20:04

    Want a two-month summer job that's ten hours a day, seven days a week, perched atop sheer cliffs in freezing rain snaring seabirds off narrow ledges? Then this…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Longyearbyen snapshots 

    May 1, 2013, 15:43

    As I leave the town of Longyearbyen aboard a Coast Guard ship bound for the Lofoten Islands, snapshots of  Svalbard life play through my mind... kids riding…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Mother goose as scientist 

    July 22, 2013, 11:26

    "Oh look," exclaims a visitor standing on the main road into the Ny-Ålesund science village on Spitsbergen Island, "they think she's their mother!" The scene…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Ny-Ålesund, with Arctic science for all 

    July 8, 2013, 18:46

    Three months after visiting in the grips of winter, I am back in Ny-Ålesund (Svalbard) in the High North above the 78th latitude. The landscape has dramaticall…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Polar Night research 

    January 25, 2016, 00:44

    Accompanying a research team at 78° north aboard the RV Helmer Hanssen off the Svalbard coast, I have been witnessing discoveries about the Arctic Ocean's…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Reindeer count 

    April 22, 2013, 12:33

    The biggest predator of reindeer is climate and starvation, not polar bears.  As the climate wavers in the Arctic, alternate periods of  rain and freeze…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Return of the terns 

    July 21, 2013, 15:01

    The Dutch research station at Ny-Ålesund is no fly-by-night operation, especially when it comes to Arctic terns, who literally fly to the ends of the Earth to…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Sami Easter Festival 

    April 7, 2015, 02:26

    Kautokeino, Norway. © Randall Hyman As part of the first leg of my four-part, year-long Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship project, I am focusing on…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Seabird diaries on the rocks 

    July 25, 2013, 08:34

    "This is where a huge boulder wiped out a big part of our trail a few days ago," says Dagfinn Breivik Skomsø as I puff behind him, climbing hundreds of meters…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Senja Island's currents of change 

    July 6, 2013, 18:37

    Senja, the southernmost extent of my Arctic coverage, is the second largest island in Norway and known for its rugged landscape and independent people. Until a…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Svalbard ski marathons 

    April 29, 2013, 00:50

    Each year, over 700 enthusiasts come from all over Europe (and even Australia!) to participate in the world's most northerly ski marathon.  With guards posted…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Sysselmannen's Svalbard guardians 

    July 21, 2013, 20:37

    "We are the face of the governor's office," says Cecilie Sørensen, one of two regional field inspectors based in Ny-Ålesund. She and her field partner,…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Tromsø city life, ducks and geopolitics 

    May 29, 2013, 10:24

    After six weeks of solid travel, I have arrived in Tromsø, a town bustling with shops, restaurants and cultural activities-- and headquarters of my host…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Uncharted waters of climate change 

    August 23, 2013, 23:18

    "What you are looking at," laments marine biologist Haakon Hop of the Norwegian Polar Institute, "is the melting of the Arctic Ocean." We are nearing 82…

  • PHOTO GALLERY: When bird scientists bear all 

    July 8, 2013, 20:01

    Everyone wants to see a polar bear when they come to the Arctic. It's only natural, and great bragging rights. They are magnificent creatures, an ursine…

  • Polar bears & seabirds article in SCIENCE MAGAZINE 

    March 31, 2015, 14:53

    Arctic climate change and vanishing sea ice is producing strange and unexpected consequences. Hungry polar bears, denied sea ice and a platform for hunting…

  • Polar night expedition article in THE ATLANTIC 

    March 22, 2016, 16:33

    Posted today in the online version of The Atlantic magazine, here is an inside, first-person account of the fascinating research being pursued by scientists in…

  • Polar night tourism article in Nat Geo's INTELLIGENT TRAVEL 

    February 9, 2016, 20:12

    At 78° north, some 800 miles from the North Pole, it doesn’t take long to shuck the winter blues. Okay, there’s no sun, but instead of warm beaches,…

  • Reindeer and climate change article in APF REPORTER 

    August 20, 2015, 20:58

    Hot on the heels of my piece in Scandinavian Review about the joyful Sami Easter Festival comes a more serious look at the difficult future that Sami reindeer…

  • Sami Easter article in SCANDINAVIAN REVIEW 

    August 19, 2015, 17:31

    As mentioned in an earlier post, I came upon one of the most unknown and colorful Easter festivals in all of Scandinavia while covering the impact of climate…

  • Sami Easter Fest article in SMITHSONIAN 

    March 24, 2016, 11:37

    Easter is celebrated lots of ways around the world, but one of the most unique is found in northern Norway, in the land of the Sami, where colorful costumes…

  • School's out, forever in SCANDINAVIAN REVIEW 

    May 27, 2015, 16:53

    With students graduating across Norway this month, the last day of school can be bittersweet, especially when it means the last day of a school's existence.…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 17th 

    June 17, 2014, 15:12

    From May 17th through May 23rd, I hosted Smithsonian Magazine's Instagram page and featured my Arctic Oracles project. I posted text and photos three times a…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 18th 

    June 18, 2014, 16:36

    Following up on the previous post, here are the three Arctic Oracle images and texts published exactly one month ago on Smithsonian Magazine's Instagram page.…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 19th 

    June 19, 2014, 16:42

    Next in the Smithsonian Magazine series, here are the three Arctic Oracle images and texts published exactly one month ago on the magazine’s Instagram page.…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 20th 

    June 20, 2014, 20:25

    On the fourth day of my week-long editorship of Smithsonian Magazine's Instagram page one month ago, here are the three Arctic Oracle images and texts…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 21st 

    June 21, 2014, 20:51

    On the fifth day of my week-long editorship of Smithsonian Magazine’s Instagram page one month ago, here are the three Arctic Oracle images and texts…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 22nd 

    June 22, 2014, 20:55

    On the sixth day of my week-long editorship of Smithsonian Magazine’s Instagram page one month ago, here are the three Arctic Oracle images and texts…

  • Smithsonian Magazine Instagram, May 23rd 

    June 23, 2014, 21:01

    On the final day of my week-long editorship of Smithsonian Magazine’s Instagram page exactly one month ago, here are the last three Arctic Oracle images and…

  • Sparks fly at Arctic conference 

    February 18, 2015, 01:28

    Northern Lights, January 2015, over Kvaløya Island, Norway.© Randall Hyman The Arctic Frontiers policy and science conference in northern Norway this…

  • Svalbard Russia-Norway article in FOREIGN AFFAIRS 

    April 27, 2016, 18:28

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.. or so this tale of the last two towns in Svalbard might start. My latest article, published today in…

  • Svalbard Russian tourism interview in ARCTIC DEEPLY 

    June 13, 2017, 14:55

    With the recent crash of coal prices, Norway has suspended most of its mining in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and turned instead to tourism and scientific…

  • Svalbard Treaty article in APF REPORTER 

    July 5, 2016, 22:38

    As Russia becomes more assertive in pursuing strategic interests in the western Arctic Ocean, its excuse for maintaining a foothold in Norway's Svalbard…

  • The Weather Channel article 

    December 26, 2013, 15:27

    As word spreads about my climate change work as a Fulbright Scholar, so does media coverage.  Here is a link to a recent article about my work and photography…

  • Touchdown 

    April 14, 2013, 21:06

    Arrival at Ny-Ålesund airport. © Randall Hyman This is the start of my four-month project as a Fulbright Scholar in the Norwegian Arctic exploring…

  • Vanishing sea ice article in APF REPORTER 

    December 7, 2015, 11:41

    What does the receding Arctic ice pack have to do with global climate health and why are polar bears eating 44-pound omelettes? Connect the dots in this…

  • VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: Return of the Sun 

    January 21, 2014, 12:08

    It is soldagen, or Sun Day, here in Tromsø, Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. Last time folks here saw the sun was mid November, and there is great…

  • VIDEO REPRISE: Mother Goose 

    July 23, 2013, 10:35

    This short video reviews the work of Dutch research biologist, Margje de Jong, as Mother Goose of the Arctic, tracking growth differences in barnacle geese as…

  • VIDEO REPRISE: On the brink 

    July 24, 2013, 20:07

    This brief video perches readers atop the precipitous cliffs of Spitsbergen Island where two field assistants snag Brünnich's guillemots from narrow ledges to…

  • VIDEO REPRISE: Return of the terns 

    July 21, 2013, 15:02

    A short video takes viewers behind the scenes to see how Dutch biologists capture, measure and tag Arctic terns in Svalbard to study their amazing annual…

  • VIDEO REPRISE: Seabird diaries 

    July 25, 2013, 08:35

    Six-minute video of scientists working on ladders along sheer cliffs and explaining their research at the Blomstrandøya kittiwake colony near Ny-Ålesund on…

  • VIDEO REPRISE: Seeking the Arctic skua 

    July 8, 2013, 11:32

    This short video tags along with biologists, Sveinn Are Hanssen, Elise Skottene and Børge Moe, who capture Arctic skuas to fit them with GPS loggers and track…

  • VIDEO REPRISE: Thin ice 

    November 5, 2013, 18:08

    This video joins fifteen scientists and divers as they sail from the Svalbard archipelago toward the North Pole aboard the Norwegian Polar Institute's research…

  • VIDEO: Arctic snowmobile trek 

    February 1, 2017, 11:19

    Long, cold winter got you down? Cheer up, things could be worse-- like about minus-twenty-windchill worse in a polar-night blizzard halfway between two remote…

  • VIDEO: Cod fishing in the Barents Sea 

    July 3, 2013, 13:26

    While I have reported on fisheries and dramatic changes in the Barents Sea in some of my other postings, a picture's worth a thousand words, so I'll let the…

  • VIDEO: Glacier spectacular... breaking the ice 

    July 14, 2013, 23:53

    There are times when nature's forces overwhelm and leave one viscerally stunned, struggling to fully comprehend what just occurred. Watching a glacier calve…

  • VIDEO: Icebreaker journey 

    May 2, 2015, 14:38

    Bridge of icebreaker. © Randall Hyman After the Sami Easter Festival in Finnmark, I traveled aboard the Norwegian Coast Guard's crown jewel, the KV…

  • VIDEO: Sami reindeer corral 

    February 8, 2015, 16:10

    After attending the Arctic Frontiers conference in January, I joined Sami herdsmen outside the town of Tromsø, Norway as they corralled and separated reindeer…

  • VIDEO: Seafloor landers, methane, and climate change 

    August 29, 2015, 09:49

    Sailing aboard a research ship off the west coast of Spitsbergen at 79° North last month, I marveled at our main cargo on the aft deck: two golf-cart-sized…

  • VIDEO: Shattered Arctic lecture 

    January 6, 2014, 10:21

    For those who have the stamina, here is a link to a video of my lecture, "Shattered Arctic," at the St. Louis Zoo in December 2013. It contains much of the…

  • VIDEO: Shattered Arctic lecture show 

    September 21, 2016, 22:51

    For those who have attended my Shattered Arctic lecture in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Boston, New York and Norway, here is the keystone video you viewed and may…

  • VIDEO: Taking a break on an iceberg 

    July 11, 2013, 20:43

    Reporting on climate change in the Arctic is serious business, but sometimes you just gotta have fun and relax a bit. Getting marooned on an iceberg in the…

  • VIDEO: Toxins, the other Arctic nemesis 

    July 26, 2013, 12:41

    While climate change steals the headlines, scientists at the Ny-Ålesund science village on Spitsbergen Island have devoted much of their attention for…

  • Waning sea ice article in ARCTIC DEEPLY 

    May 18, 2016, 11:28

    This article, published today in ARCTIC DEEPLY, looks at recent record lows of Arctic sea ice coverage through my travels with scientists aboard a research…

  • World's northernmost mayor article in HUFFINGTON POST 

    March 30, 2016, 19:30

    While on Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, I interviewed the mayor of the world's northernmost permanent settlement in the wake of the collapse…

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