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Human Impacts in Antarctica

Meet the Team

Teacher - Ann Linsley

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Bellaire High School
Bellaire , Texas
United States

Ann Linsley has taught human and physical Geography for the past 19 years at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas. Ms. Linsley is also a consultant for her College Board, the National Geographic Society, and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. She is particularly interested in helping students apply geographic concepts through field exercises including studies in urban, rural, and natural environments. Ms. Linsley has received various teaching awards from the National Council for Geographic Education, her College Board, and her school district, among other student nominated awards. Ms. Linsley holds a Bachelors degree in Russian language, a Masters in gifted and talented Education, and a Masters in Geosciences.

Researcher - Mahlon Kennicutt II

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Texas A&M University
College Station , Texas
United States

Mahlon "Chuck" Kennicutt's research interests include environmental chemistry and organic geochemistry. His current research investigates the patterns of human disturbance at McMurdo Station. He has spent more than 575 days at sea and has deployed to Antarctica six times. Dr. Kennicutt serves as leader of the Sustainable Coastal Margins Program and is the United States delegate to, and the Vice President for, Scientific Affairs (USA) of the Scientific Committee of Antarctica Research (SCAR).

Researcher - April Gossman

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi , Texas
United States

Researcher - Andrew Klein

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Texas A&M University
College Station , Texas
United States

Andrew Klein is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. He received a B.A. from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University. His current research interests lie in the application of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) techniques to studying the cryosphere and the impact of humans in and around McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Researcher - Stephen Sweet

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Texas A&M University
College Station , Texas
United States

Stephen Sweet is a geochemist from the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University. His research interests have focused on environmental monitoring and assessment. He has participated in a number of scientific research programs in Antarctica, with seven deployments to both the Antarctic Peninsula and Ross Island. Dr. Sweet has been involved with the project investigating the spatial and temporal patterns of human disturbance at McMurdo Station for the past seven years.

Researcher - Terry A. Palmer

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi , Texas
United States

Journals

February 17, 2008 Reflections

Dreams Can Come True!
Reflections of a Journey of a Lifetime! I have been back in the world that I know now for almost 30 days and on many days I contemplate how others whose paths I crossed are doing, what the latest storm was like, how the sea looks with the sea ice melted, or yearn for the solitude and relative...

December 15, 2007 Christchurch, New Zealand

All fabulous experiences have return flights!
December 15, 2007, Christchurch , New Zealand Present Conditions: Quite Balmy, nice breeze, warm (relative) drizzly weather; 22C. Last night we returned to Christchurch from McMurdo.  The C-17 that brought us back to the world north of 70 degrees south latitude included 68 other researchers and a...

December 10, 2007 Seal watching

Seals... Snowmobiles...only in Antarctica!!
December 10, 2007, Monday McMurdo Station, Antarctica 2:00pm High: +32F wind chill: +21F Low:  +18F    wind chill  +7F Winds: S8- 12 knts; Station Pressure: 28.7800” Present Conditions: Partly cloudy, mild temperatures, prevailing low pressure system

December 10, 2007 part 2

It's Beach Time in Antarctica!!
December 10, 2007, Monday McMurdo Station, Antarctica 11:00pm High: +32F wind chill: +21F Low:  +18F    wind chill  +7F Winds: S8- 12 knts; Station Pressure: 28.7800” Present Conditions: Partly cloudy, mild temperatures, prevailing low pressure system

December 7, 2007 McMurdo

Extreme Weather Medicine.. Not just for every Doc.
December 7, 2007, Friday McMurdo Station, Antarctica Special Edition to the Daily Journal: Meet the Station Doctor   This morning was the IPY broadcast and we were delayed from yesterday due to weather from going to Cape Evans.  We have one last set of sediment samples to take but the penguins...

Project Information

Monitoring the Effects of Human Activities at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
12 November 2007
20 December 2007

Where are They?

The team lived and worked around McMurdo Station in Antarctica. McMurdo is the largest station in Antarctica with more than 100 buildings, a harbor, landing strip and helicopter pad. More than 1000 people live and work at McMurdo Station during the austral summer!

What are they Doing?

Antarctica represents one of the most strictly-monitored habitats on Earth. In addition to the desire to protect the flora, fauna, and atmosphere of a relatively pristine environment, Antarctica serves as a baseline barometer of global pollution. McMurdo Station is the largest human community on the Antarctic continent and as part of its obligations under the Antarctic Treaty's Protocol on Environmental Protection the U.S. is developing a long-term monitoring program designed to describe the environmental conditions in and around the station and to scrutinize any anthropogenic impacts that can be foreseen or detected. Ms. Linsley and the research team conducted environmental monitoring and sampling of chemical, physical, and biological variables in and around McMurdo Station from both marine and terrestrial habitats as measures of human impact and will use GIS techniques to track them over time. The results of this research will help document and minimize the impacts of future science and support operations in Antarctica.

Resources

Title Date About Type
Five Themes of the Geography of Antarctica Overview We go places, but what do we do with the billions of snippets of information we absorb?... Lesson
Biodiversity of the Antarctic Region: Is it a Losing Battle? Overview Case studies provide a brief overview or examination of events that impact or alter the... Lesson
Bellaire Teacher to Join Texas A and M Research Team in Antarctica 18 June 2007 Article covering Ann Linsley's PolarTREC expedition. Article
Human Impacts in McMurdo Station, Antarctica 6 December 2007 Ann Linsley and a team of researchers from Texas A&M University are studying the impacts of... Event