Following an undergraduate degree in geology and a year working in a geochemistry laboratory, I worked for two years at a DOE Legacy Management site conducting long-term geochemical monitoring and multi-month experiments. That position showed me the information and knowledge contained in long-term sampling records and set me up to pursue a graduate degree. Combining a deep interest in ice with geochemistry, I now investigate the processes occurring at land ice during the transition from summer to winter. Presently these questions are unanswered, making assessment of changes impossible. I aim to establish a preliminary understanding so changes can be evaluated and changing processes understood.