Sun and snow in Antarctica
A Meaningful Journey Sunlight hits the sea ice looking toward the continent of Antarctica from Ross Island. Antarctica is so different from anywhere else I have been, that the moment I left the…
Michelle Brown at beach
A Day with the Spider Team in New Zealand I spent the day with Bret Tobalski, Caitlin Shishido and Steve Lane, scientists from McMurdo Station who also are heading home. We spent the morning in…
Michelle Brown in front of Cargo Plane
On the Plane I am writing this journal while sitting on a L-100 plane, flying over Antarctica and the Southern Ocean on my way to New Zealand. The plane I was supposed to head home on yesterday, a C-…
Sampling above McMurdo
Research Update Today we collected samples around McMurdo Station. It was warm and sunny, so being outside and collecting sediment samples was a pleasure. In the morning our team sampled an area near…
Michelle at the Waste Water Treatment Plant
Research Update Our day began with a webinar about our research! We talked to thousands of students across the U.S. and beyond with the help of PolarTREC. Students asked great questions and it felt…
Barwick Valley
Antarctica Day Happy Antarctica Day! Today is the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. It was signed 56 years ago on December 1, 1959. Celebrate Antarctica Day with my research team…
Team Walking to Helicopter
Tired But Happy I am writing this journal at 2 a.m. My face is red and still stings a little from the windy snowmobile ride back from the field camp where I have just spent 15 hours. My research team…
Scott Base
Research Update Today our research team prepared for their trip to the Barwick Valley. If the weather permits, they will fly to the sampling site at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. They will spend the night…
Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving Festivities Although Thanksgiving was two days ago in the U.S., we celebrated it today. Even though it wasn't officially Thanksgiving, it still felt festive and special here at the…
Michelle Brown in front of Discovery Hut
Research Update Although it is Thanksgiving in the United States today, Thanksgiving isn't until tomorrow here in McMurdo Station. Our team continues to make preparations for their upcoming trip to…
Michelle near Canada Glacier
Research Update It has been a whirlwind week here at B518. We went out on a helicopter flight again today. This time we flew to the continent of Antarctica. Up until now we have been collecting…
Inside Cape Royds Hut
Research Update Today the team made preparations for their upcoming camping trip to the Barwick Valley,which is in the Dry Valleys. In the afternoon we flew to Cape Royds to collect sediment samples…