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David Weindorf, Ph.D. is the Executive Producer of Between Earth and Sky. He approached Texas Tech Public Media in the spring of 2015 with an idea he was very passionate about. A soil scientist, Dr. Weindorf had been on the Arctic Soil Field Tour in Alaska with Chien-Lu Ping, Ph.D. multiple times and knew how important and valuable the field tour was to not only the science of soil but to our understanding of climate change. David had already crafted a draft of what the film could look like and one thing he was sure of was that Dr.

The driving force behind Between Earth and Sky is Chien-Lu Ping's Arctic Soil Field Tour course conducted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Here is a description of the class from UAF's website: 

Our Production Assistant, Weston Davis, uttered these words as we pulled into to Palmer, AK. The truth is none of us have seen mountains like this before. Growing up in New Mexico I’ve been around the mountains my whole life, but when you make your way to Colorado into the Rockies you really see how majestic mountains can really be. However, even Colorado pales in comparison to the breathtaking peaks of Alaska. Pioneer Peak in Palmer AK is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life.

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