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Going Under the Ice!

SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA-- The day I arrived at McMurdo I ran into Ron Hipschman and John Weller. They told me they were going to go to the "Penguin Ranch" the next day, and I got permission to go with them. I was very lucky!... {Read More »}



Connecting Antarctic Science to Children

CAPE ROYDS, ROSS ISLAND, ANTARCTICA-- Most of the time while we are working with penguins in Antarctica, we are in the field at Cape Royds. We live in a tent and sleep on the ground near the breeding colony and it is a magical place for me. As far as we can see in any direction... {Read More »}



Using Indigenous Plants

QUINHAGAK, ALASKA-- Along with two elders and six students, I journeyed to a field camp near the Yup’ik village of Quinhagak last week. Dr. Kevin Jernigan, from University of Alaska’s Kuskokwim Campus, and I collaborated… {Read More »}



Ross Sea Penguins

Biologist David Ainley has been studying Adélie penguins in Antarctica for more than 25 years. These resilient and charismatic birds, adapted to survive one of the harshest environments on earth, are now being threatened by global warming that affects the sea ice and ocean ecosystems on which they depend. {Read More »}



The Microbial Loop

The Microbial Biogeochemistry group (B-045) (under the direction of Dr. Hugh Ducklow) is one of the science groups here on board the LM Gould. Our goal is to study the bacteria that live in the… {Read More »}



Fun With Phytoplankton

Today we will introduce you to the work of B016, the researchers here on the LTER cruise that study phytoplankton (microscopic plants.) This is the 14th year for the group! They study the plant life… {Read More »}



Zooplankton Under the Microscope

As you may have seen in one of our earlier dispatches regarding the zooplankton sampling methods (to read the dispatch click here) the zooplankton team scours the ocean with two nets, the smaller of which… {Read More »}



Marine Mammals

Each year on the cruise, we are privileged to have many encounters with marine mammals -- mammals that live and feed primarily in the ocean. Mammals originally evolved on land and a subset later adapted… {Read More »}



Water Sampling

Monday we reached the first station of the southernmost portion of the LTER grid and started the “200” line. We began sampling offshore at station 200.260 (“260” indicates that the station is 260 km from… {Read More »}



Penguins & Krill

Hello from the Frozen South! Though we are currently around 200 km off shore, a few days ago we had a beautiful day to bob inshore and drop two Zodiacs in the water. The bird… {Read More »}