In February I received an Antarctica Service Medal for extended work south of 60 degrees latitude behalf of the US government and National Science Foundation.
This week I was fortunate to be funded to travel to Barcelona and participate in the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research 32nd annual biology symposium. I presented a poster on the outreach project I contributed significant time to while working as a marine biology field assistant on the Antarctic peninsula for five months in 2011. I walked away with a second place award for my presentation and learned on stage in front of hundreds that congratulations in Spain consist of 3- not two or one cheek kisses. It felt lovely and so natural to be surrounded by Antarcticans and polar research again. Also lovely to catch up with Deneb- one of the principle investigators on the project.
I find myself often dreaming of the icy desolate peninsula, my little tent and calving glaciers. I do hope to return one day and may have the opportunity to do so in a few years time. Check out the poster below to learn more about the outreach project. Media is available at http://www.dri.edu/mission-antarctica and continues to be used in classrooms. Please feel free to use this educational material and contact me with questions or opportunities.