Oden Antarctic Expedition 2010

Update

Check out the archived PolarConnect events with Anne Marie and research team from the Antarctic that were held on 6 January 2011 and 12 January 2011 [here](http://www.polartrec.com/polar-connect/archive).

What are they Doing?

As the Oden and the Palmer travel towards McMurdo Station, international teams of researchers onboard both ships will be investigating the summer sea ice, biology, oceanography, and biogeochemistry of the Amundsen Sea Polynya. Polynyas are areas of open water surrounded by sea ice and are very productive parts of the polar oceans where nutrients are rapidly exchanged between the atmosphere, ocean surface, and the deep sea.

The research team is looking closely at 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 the limited knowledge of these remote corners of the Antarctic Seas and lead to a better understanding of the interactions between the climate and the marine biosphere. Polynyas may be the key to understanding the future of polar regions since their area is expected to increase with warming in the polar regions.

Where are They?

The team will board the Swedish Icebreaker Oden in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city in South America and then travel across the southern Pacific Ocean to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest research station in Antarctica. The Oden, a large research vessel and icebreaker, is contracted by the National Science Foundation to break a route through the ice into McMurdo Station. The Oden will be traveling in tandem with the United States research icebreaker, Nathaniel B. Palmer. A Swedish teacher will also be traveling as part of the team.

Expedition Map

Journals

Oden Helicopter Ride
As I look back on the past year since I returned from my PolarTREC expedition, I am amazed at the turns my life has taken and at where I am now, both literally and figuratively... What do I mean?...
To the Clothing Distribution Center
As word of the tragic earthquake which devastated Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22 reached me, my thoughts returned to that lovely town and the friendly people I met there during my short...
At Crary Lab
After checking in our bags at the transit center, we had about 12 hours to spend at McMurdo Station before our scheduled meeting time at 1:30 am. We were assigned shared rooms in the station...
Broken Ice Near the Pier
The Oden finally reached, the pier at McMurdo Station the afternoon of January 16, carefully breaking the ice up to the pier. Here the ice was different than the ice we had seen. It was thin and very...
Flags on the Bridge 1
As a part of my PolarTREC educational outreach, I invited classrooms and community groups to decorate a flag that I would bring with me on my expedition. Now, with my time on the Oden ending, I asked...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

Dates: 4 December 2010 to 20 January 2011
Location: Swedish Icebreaker Oden in the Southern Seas
Project Funded Title: The Sea Ice System in Antarctic Summer-Oden 2010-11

Meet the Team

Anne Marie Wotkyns's picture
J.B.Monlux Magnet Elem. School
North Hollywood, CA
United States

Growing up on the shores of Hawaii, Anne Marie Wotkyns shared the company of her first, and most memorable science teacher, her grandfather—a sailor, diver, fisherman, and oceanographer—who loved to share his experiences with others. Now Ms. Wotkyns strives to share the wonders of the world with her students at J. B. Monlux Magnet Elementary School using a variety of creative, hands-on activities in her classroom, including raising trout from eggs, creating games using magnets, growing vegetables in a class garden, singing about science concepts, and building an inflatable planetarium.

Anne Marie was named a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2006, received the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award in 2007, and renewed her National Board Certificate in 2008. She earned her B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M. Ed and teaching credential from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her free time, Anne Marie enjoys horseback riding, golfing, snow skiing, scuba diving, and traveling.

Stephen Ackley's picture
University of Texas San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
United States

Stephen Ackley is a research associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has worked and conducted sea-ice research in Antarctica for more than 30 years. He previously worked with the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and then joined the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Texas San Antonio in 2006. Ackley Point in Antarctica was named to honor Ackley for his outstanding sea-ice work by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Ackley Point is an ice covered point located near McMurdo Sound.

Tish Yager's picture
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
United States

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](http://www.marsci.uga.edu/directory/pyager.htm).

Blake Weissling's picture
University of Texas San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
United States

Dr. Blake Weissling is a research assistant professor at the University of Texas San Antonio Department of Geological Sciences.