From left to right: Heather Harris, Bridget Ward, Emma Weitzner, Emily Whitmer, Heather Liwanag
My Growing Up on Ice Research team members’ answers would be the following: Heather Liwanag- Yes, milk and splenda. Heather Harris- No, but she will have tea. Emma Weitzner- Yes, Decaf, black.…
Springfield, MA to Fairbanks, AK
As I informed my students that I would be missing a week of school to attend orientation, they only had one question and one request Question: Where am I going? The answer: Fairbanks, AK! 4,157…
Being selected as an educator for the PolarTrec program has honestly been a mess of emotions. At first, I was insanely excited, being selected to go to Antarctica to study seals, AMAZING. But, as…
Bags are packed
My bag packed with my PolarTREC and CalPoly gear along with my very special Antarctica travel tag. Seat 27A that was where I was supposed to be on September 27th. Beginning my 21-hour journey from…
Dr. Liwanag and Bridget Ward
The second week of school and I already had an amazing guest come to meet my faculty, students, and their guardians; Dr. Heather Liwanag, head researcher from the team I will be joining in Antarctica…
Practicing loading the metabolic chamber
Or at least that is the plan. When flying to Antarctica you can’t predict exactly when you will get there. The flight from Christchurch to McMurdo Station is never certain because of the harsh…
Ward in Thermals
The next stage in the PQ process is the physical. How exactly would I measure up against an adult Weddell seal? Human Bridget Ward in her first thermal layer. Common Name: Human: Bridget…
Weddell Seal mom and pup
Of all the tests required for the Physical Qualification (PQ) process, to be cleared to travel down to Antarctica, the one I fear the most is the blood draw. Having my blood taken absolutely…
The PQ Test The Physical Qualifications form came in my email. It is perhaps the most stressful part of the whole program. Knowing I was one of the lucky individuals chosen to be a PolarTREC teacher…
Ross and Bridget
So… How Do You Commute In Antarctica???? Snowmobile! During orientation I was told that I would be commuting from McMurdo Station to the sea ice for research, about an hour each way…by snowmobile.…
McMurdo Station PolarTREC Teachers
This year I will be one of three PolarTREC teachers traveling down to Antarctica. Mike, Bridget, and Kevin PolarTREC teachers that will be calling the McMurdo Station Home Below is Map of…
Yesterday we ventured to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North. I learned about the animals that inhabit the Arctic region. Looking at the faces below can you identify any of the…