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Nell Herrmann


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Occupation: Teacher
Organization: State College Area High School

Nell Herrmann is a Learning Enrichment and Gifted Support Specialist at State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania. She is the coach of several academic quiz teams at State High including both the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and the Department of Energy National Science Bowl teams. Prior to her current job, she was a middle school science teacher in Blue Hill, Maine and in State College, Pennsylvania. Ms. Herrmann holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Ecology and Conservation Biology, along with a second Master's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. She has been involved in conservation research at many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado; the Hato Pinero Research Facility in Venezuela; Asociacion ANAI in Costa Rica; and the Kangerlussuaq International Science Station in Greenland. Ms. Herrmann has also worked as a boat naturalist for the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill, Maine. In her role there, she led trips on lobster boats for children and adults, educating the general public about ecological and conservation issues affecting both the Blue Hill Bay and the Gulf of Maine. Ms. Herrmann loves sharing her appreciation of nature with others and is thrilled about her opportunity to be a PolarTREC teacher.

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Hey Susie,

Sorry for my slow reply. How are you? The cause of the flash flood was a huge amount of rain in a short amount of time- the river overflowed and a seawall broke. Very messy. Most of Punta Arenas was shut down for my last couple days, but I did get a chance to do some...{read more}

March 22, 2012 - 4:22am

Hi Mila!

Sorry I missed this question. I don't think anyone was hurt in the flood, but a lot of property was destroyed. I read online that over 800 people were homeless...

It's nice to be home. I've appreciated all of your notes and questions.

-Ms. Herrmann

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March 22, 2012 - 4:24am

HI there,

Who is this? While I was at Palmer Station I ate pretty "normal" food. There were two cooks there who were excellent- they made everything from pasta to chicken to delicious desserts. It was great.

Different animals eat different things, but the basis of the entire...{read more}

March 22, 2012 - 4:30am
Re: [PolarTREC] Weather in the Southern Hemisphere

Hi Anna,

It's not a typical event. Punta Arenas is windy and rainy during the
winter, but everyone was caught off guard by the flood. Local people
told me the last flood like this was about 20 years ago. The lower
lying parts of town are the areas that flooded. The...{read more}

March 17, 2012 - 7:42am

Hi Mila,

Yes, Arctowski was our last stop until we arrived in Punta Arenas (last night). I'm still on the ship for one more day and will move to a hotel tomorrow. My string of flights home doesn't begin until 3-14, so I'm a little bit restless particularly because it is rainy today. I...{read more}

March 11, 2012 - 5:17am

Hi Tami,

Poland has ratified the Antarctic Treaty. Leaving it off the list was a mistake- thanks for catching it! The book I got most of my facts from is a little bit out of date, so I was building my list from a couple different places. I'll have to fix that! Yes, each of the other...{read more}

March 10, 2012 - 5:19am
Leopard seals

Hi Sophie!

I'm on the ship now on my way to Punta Arenas, Chile. I did see leopard seals hanging around Arthur Harbor on my last day at Palmer Station. Luckily we only had to do one recall of the divers because of a leopard seal. I'm glad you are enjoying the wildlife photos. I have...{read more}

March 9, 2012 - 6:20am

That still sounds pretty fun to me! I can't wait to be back too. I'm still on the ship and have been a little bit seasick- not throwing up or anything, just woozy. I laughed yesterday when I met one of the Portuguese scientists at the coffee maker. We were both working hard not to fall over...{read more}

March 9, 2012 - 6:25am
Hi ladies!

Hi Elizabeth, Maddy and Semhar!

Thanks for writing. I'm glad you've enjoyed the wildlife photos. I have a lot more to share. I'm on the ship now and am heading back in the direction of Chile. It's a long journey, but I'm enjoying myself. I look forward to seeing all of you soon and...{read more}

March 9, 2012 - 6:27am


I think the answer is no, but I want to double check with my friend, Yuta Kawarasaki, who studies them. I know they eat algae and (I think) bacteria so I don't think they have sucking mouthparts like mosquitoes. Great question and I will get back to you. Yuta is still at Palmer...{read more}

March 9, 2012 - 6:30am

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