Welcome! First of all, any opinions and statements expressed on this website are mine and mine alone. They are not the views of the United States Antarctic Program, the United States Arctic Program, the National Science Foundation, ASC, Polar Field Services, or the United States Government. All photos are taken by myself unless otherwise cited.
A little about me: I decided I was going to go to Antarctica after reading Shackleton’s Endurance in 6th grade. Through high school and college I kept this goal in mind. An interest in geology and climate change only brought me closer and I completed a degree in Geology focusing on snow, ice, glaciology, and climate change as much as possible. Since 2007 I have spent two summers working on the Juneau Ice Field in SE Alaska, five austral summers in Antarctica, one winter at the South Pole Station, and three and a half summers, two falls, and two winters at Summit Station in the heart of the Greenland ice sheet. I have worked in positions ranging from General Assistant shoveling snow to Heavy Equipment Operator running bulldozers, from Science Technician repairing scientific instruments to Station Manager overseeing station operations.
While thousands of people have traveled to and worked on the continent of Antarctica and the island of Greenland most people I talk to have no clue people even visit these cold and remote places let alone conduct research on the ground. This blog is a way to share my observations and experiences and to hopefully try to answer some questions about living/working/conducting research in the Antarctic and Arctic.
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