Oden Antarctic Expedition 08
Meet the Team
Teacher - Jeff Peneston
Jeff Peneston can walk or snowshoe out his back door into the forest and lakes of Camp Talooli, a children’s camp that he has helped his wife direct for 24 years. Each school day he leaves his forested home to teach Earth Science at Liverpool High School, just North of Syracuse, New York. Mr. Peneston has been teaching for 22 years and his passion has been to find ways to bring his students out into the natural world where they can learn to solve authentic problems. In 2000 he helped create the Expedition Earth Science program and each year he leads groups of students to locations around Upstate New York where they can act as field scientists for a day or a weekend. Mr. Peneston believes what one of his students once told him, “Real science begins where the classroom ends!” Mr. Peneston will be joining a team of international scientists on the Oden icebreaker.
Researcher - Tish Yager
Dr. Patricia (Tish) Yager is an associate professor in marine sciences at the University of Georgia. Her expertise includes biological and chemical oceanography, marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. Her research focuses on the feedbacks between climate change and marine ecosystems. Her field research combines microbial ecology and community structure with inorganic carbon chemistry. She has spent several seasons working in Antarctica, and also studies microbial communities in the Amazon River. For the project in Barrow, Alaska, Tish will be the lead-PI responsible for project oversight, coordination, and synthesis. To learn more about Dr. Yager, please visit her faculty biography page.
Where are They?
Mr. Peneston boarded the Swedish Icebreaker Oden in Montevideo, Uruguay. From there, the team traveled south down the eastern shoreline of South America. After rounding the tip of South America, the Oden crossed the Southern Ocean to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest research station in Antarctica.
For additional maps and information about the 2008 Oden Antarctic Expedition, download slides here.
What are they Doing?
The scientific objectives of the cruise aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden included collecting a range of data in rarely traveled areas of the Antarctic seas and coastline, including the Amundsen and eastern Ross Seas. An international research team studied the oceanography and biogeochemistry of the region while in transit to Antarctica, with a particular emphasis on the processes that control the production and destruction of greenhouse gases and on the role of sea ice microorganisms in this process. These studies will add to our limited knowledge of these remote corners of the Antarctic Seas and allow future researchers to expand their monitoring efforts in these regions.
|Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston honored by President Obama at White House||3 May 2011||Jeff Peneston, Liverpool High School science teacher and PolarTREC 2008 alumnus was introduced as...||Article|
|Identifying Sea Ice||Overview Students will undertake three different activities to help them identify a variety of...||Lesson|
|Jeff Peneston on the Icebreaker Oden||7 January 2009||Live from IPY! event with PolarTREC teacher Jeff Peneston and various science teams working on the...||Event|
|Jeff Peneston on the Icebreaker Oden||15 December 2008||This Live from IPY! event was with PolarTREC Teacher Jeff Peneston and the team onboard the Swedish...||Event|
|Oden Antarctic Expedition 2008 Information Slides||This short slide presentation includes maps and diagrams providing introductory material about the...||Presentation|