Author Archives: Rory Welsh

Employee of the month

We recently completed another crucial time point (week 4) in our big 6 week experiment. WOO WHOOO!!! The end is near. All the live animals have been sorted and the rest of the samples preserved for later analysis. A huge … Continue reading

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Happy Camper

On Monday and Tuesday we had Happy Camper, which means spending a night outdoors getting a genuine taste of the Antarctica field experience. The goal of the course is to provide Antarctic survival training on what to do in case … Continue reading

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Ask Scientist: How cold is the water?

Dear Polar Scientists, I like to watch Frozen Planet on tv because it’s interesting because there’s lots of strange creatures that live in the arctic. My favorite is the Woolly Bear caterpillar.   My question to you is; What is the … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: How does your equipment handle the cold?

My question is what’s the extreme ratings for the equipment you use, and since it would seem that some would be life dependent are you required to bring redundant equipment for the expeditions you go on? Your Concerned Uncle Dave | … Continue reading

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We’ll return after this brief excursion into the wilderness…

We’re off to a 2-day Field Safety Training Program (FSTP) Snow School course, which means sleeping out in the elements and no time for blogging. We’ll be back soon with more adventure stories!

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Ask A Scientist: The amazing shape shifting octopus

From Hill’s Hope Academy, homeschoolers in Plano, Illinois: That first picture of the octopus is amazing!  But later you show it very small in the palm of your hand.  Does is really get that small? Or are they two different … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Can anyone go to Antarctica?

These questions come from Tracey Rojo’s IB Biology class at Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia: Is it possible to go to Antarctica without being affiliated with a research team at a university? And what do you do for fun? … Continue reading

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Syringe sampling and exploring our Cape Armitage dive site

Now that we are finished with all the sea floor sediment sampling for the big experiment we can to go back and dive our Cape Armitage dive hole, which I’ve been looking forward to revisiting for quite some time. I’m not saying … Continue reading

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Sea Ice Training

It was spectacularly beautiful outside when we headed out with the instructors of the Field Safety Training Program (FSTP) to wrap up our final in field sea ice training. The class was small, about 10 people including Andrew and I, … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Under the Ice

From Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia: When you dive under the ice, how long do you stay under the ice with each dive? Even with the special scuba diving gear, do you still feel cold when you are under … Continue reading

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