Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks vs. New York City After traveling through 4 time zones and across thousands of miles (roughly 4200!), I arrived safely in Fairbanks, Alaska. We have been experiencing some pretty cold…
Back to grading papers
Jumping into Teaching I finally arrived back to Austin on the evening of January 6th. After a lovely weekend with my fiance, I returned to the classroom eager to see my students and colleagues again…
Michelle outside Akaroa
A day in Akaroa I spent my last day in New Zealand in a town called Akaroa, a small town that sits along a bay, inside an eroded crater of an ancient volcano. Natives to New Zealand, called Maori,…
Loading cargo
Last moments on the ice This morning at 3:00 a.m., I watched the C-17 cargo jet land on the sea ice on the outskirts of McMurdo Station. The sun was hidden behind mountains and I tried to take in my…
Ceremonial South Pole
Travel update TBD are the words I keep seeing on the television screens next to my scheduled flight to ChristChurch. To Be Determined. The snow has stopped, but thick clouds still cover Ross Island…
Search Coil Magnetometer
Magnetometers One of the instruments that Bob and Andy keep running at the AGOs is a magnetometer. A magnetometer measures the strength and changes of the magnetic field. The magnetic field…
On the LC-130
Travel Update I just dropped off my bags for the flight tonight. Initially I thought I would leave on time, around 2 or 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. Of course, this could all change if weather gets bad…
Twin Otter
The Twin Otter To get to AGO 4, we will take a Twin Otter plane. Twin otters are a common way to travel to and from field sites here. A twin otter plane sits at the runway at McMurdo. This is the…
An automated weather system (AWS)
What is an Automated Weather Station? Here at AGO 4, I will be building an Automated Weather Station (AWS). The AWS is a tower that has instruments on it which records information about the weather…
The chocolate aisle
Travel Update Today is my last day at the South Pole. I am sad to leave here, but excited to return to my friends, family and students. Unless there are weather delays, I will fly to McMurdo this…
Search Coil Magnetometer
Happy New Year! I was able to celebrate the New Year at the South Pole. Many people dressed up in costumes and danced to live bands. It was a great way to bring in 2012! Unfortunately I can't…
Back at the Pole Andy arrived with the cargo at AGO 4 today and I knew if I wanted to make it back to my classroom, I needed to get on that same plane back to South Pole Station. I hopped on the…