Environmental educator learns about climate change in Alaska during his latest expedition | NJ.com
Four years ago, his vacation in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador focused on how an increasing caterpillar population and dwindling wasp numbers may be harming the ecosystem. And three years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, he was looking at the effects of the BP oil spill.
Not the most relaxing way to spend free time in those locales, but it makes perfect sense to Taterka, an environmental science teacher at Mendham High School.
"I like going to interesting places," he said.
For this year’s expedition, Taterka was one of 15 teachers selected nationwide to participate in PolarTrec, an Alaska-based program funded by the National Science Foundation that conducts research in remote locations...the weather was often cold and rainy and there were "hoards" of mosquitoes, Taterka said.