Waves crash on the starboard aft deck of the Palmer
Walloping 'Round Cape Horn Today we began the part of the trip I'm dreading: our transit through Drake Passage. I've been hearing about the conditions of this place for years- when I worked on the…
Map of float locations in the Southern Ocean
Dr. Isa Rosso and the Floats Dr. Isa Rosso is a scientist working with SOCCOM - Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling, which is using more than 130 individual floats to collect…
Organization Chart for the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration
Getting My Sea Legs I'm just wrapping up my first 24 hours as a full-time resident of the ship and have learned quite a bit already. The Chief Mate gave an inspiring and informative safety talk that…
Returning to the NBP just after 10:00PM
Today we moved onto the ship and started intense preparations for our departure in the morning. I went into Punta Arenas to do some last-minute shopping and to have dinner, and returned to the pier…
My version of a schedule that was given to each researcher from the US as they exited the Punta Arenas airport.
After more than 24 hours of traveling, I made it to Punta Arenas yesterday evening. I had dozed a little bit on the plane, but was totally exhausted. I think some of my students should be able to…
The Altamont Enterprise website has an article about my expedition
Thanks to my supportive and enthusiastic mom and to Melissa Hale-Spencer at the Altamont Enterprise for putting together this story about my trip. Now everyone in Altamont will know about my Diet…
The scene in my living room last night
I'm Still Packing There is still so much to do as I try to figure out what to pack for two months on a boat in the Southern Ocean. While the act of packing enough stuff to keep me happy and clean…
I just completed this 10-question quiz from NASA. I scored 9 out of 10. I challenge you to both get a better score than me and guess which question I got wrong. https://climate.nasa.gov/quizzes/…
I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about packing. I haven't actually done much packing, but I have really been thinking about it. I believe it is best to work through the mental lists…
A memorable image from the video game Oregon Trail taken from https://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com
Like many people of a certain age, I remember trying and failing to successfully navigate the Oregon Trail with four of my family members in a covered wagon- not because I am that old, students.…
It has been nearly a year since I was accepted into the PolarTREC program and now less than a month until I board the Nathaniel B. Palmer in Punta Arenas, Chile to head for the southwest coast of…
Northern lights
It is well before dawn on my fourth day in Alaska for PolarTREC orientation and I am still resisting the time change. I'm groggy by 5:30PM, asleep by 8:00, and wide awake around 3:00AM, when the…