Steve Hastings first came to the arctic tundra to study elevated carbon dioxide levels

Video Shot in: 2009

Steve Hastings shares his extensive experience in Arctic research and logistics. Initially joining San Diego State University in 1980 for Arctic research, he later worked for Polar Field Services, providing logistics for NSF Arctic research across Greenland, Canada, Russia, and the United States. His early work in 1984 focused on studying elevated CO2’s effects on the Arctic tundra, where he encountered unexpected results challenging prevailing hypotheses. His research showed that instead of being a CO2 sink, the tundra was releasing more carbon than it absorbed, leading to significant contributions to the scientific understanding of climate change impacts. In 1990, he shifted to logistics, facilitating research activities in Barrow, Alaska, and interacting with a diverse range of scientists. These scientists, dedicated to their work despite harsh conditions, study various aspects of the Arctic environment, from wildlife to oceanography. Hastings highlights the community engagement in research, particularly in archaeology, where local students gain insights into their cultural heritage. His narrative underscores the dynamic and interdisciplinary nature of Arctic research and its profound implications.