“For the first ten years I was here in Fairbanks I had a team of sled dogs and I used to go out mushing. … When I was a graduate student I was working in Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic program and for most of the time I was there they still had sled dogs—they removed the dogs from Antarctica right at the tail end of the time I was working with them—so I got to mush sled dogs in Antarctica for a number of years which I thought was fantastic fun. I was doing that, as well as studying the aurora as a student and as a post-doc. So Fairbanks seemed like a good way to continue my studies on the aurora professionally and also to live in a polar environment where I could go dog mushing and mountaineering, so that was what brought me here.”
In front of the Black Brant IX Sounding Rocket in the park strip across from the Elvey Building stands Mark Conde, a Geophysical Institute space physicist and associate professor.