Undergraduates the Next Generation of Polar Scientists

Meet the next generation of polar scientists working in the Vernet Lab with FjordPhyto at Scripps Institution of Oceanography! For the 2021 summer (10-weeks), Anesse Pinpokintr and Christian Johnson, two incredibly bright and passionate undergraduate students, worked in the Vernet Lab as part of the Scripps SURF program (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)! It has been awesome to finally interact in …

Climate Change: What do all scientists and governments agree on?

Scientists from around the world come together to write giant reports on everything we scientifically know about how the climate on Earth is changing. The current state of the climate, possible climate futures, climate information for risk assessment and adaptation, and limiting future change. This report is called the IPCC report. The IPCC is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. …

FjordPhyto Teaser video – behind the scenes interview with Gaby Lamanna

Everything you see is a work of art created by an actual person (or team of people). This short video about the efforts of the Antarctic citizen science project – FjordPhyto – was produced and directed by Gabriela Lamanna using video footage taken by Allison Cusick’s journeys to the Antarctic. We wanted to introduce you to Gaby and share her …

Updates: Teamwork makes the dream work

Thank you for visiting the FjordPhyto site! This is a post to share some quick updates with you all and provide links to all the great work being done. The sampling season in Antarctica is still under way with our IAATO tour ship partners hard at work (and having fun) collecting phytoplankton until late March! Huge thank you to all …

First Publication from FjordPhyto Online

HOT OFF THE PRESS. Our first official publication is out! Read the publication here and check out the awesome microscope images of the species we found:  Mascioni, M., Almandoz, G. O., Cefarelli, A. O., Cusick, A., Ferrario, M. E., & Vernet, M. (2019). Phytoplankton composition and bloom formation in unexplored nearshore waters of the western Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Biology, 1-14.  Our …

Martina from Argentina receives IAATO Fellowship to come to Scripps

Congratulations to Martina Mascioni who is one of the recipients of the first IAATO Antarctic Fellowship! Martina is currently a graduate student (PhD) from the University of La Plata, Argentina, and with this fellowship she will be able to will come to Scripps Institution of Oceanography to visit Dr. Maria Vernet and Allison Cusick in the Vernet lab to continue …

Sharing the FjordPhyto project through conference presentations

Part of a scientists job is to communicate their work. We do that in multiple ways: through conversations with friends and family,  talking to colleagues at school, posting to online social media platforms, creating outreach educational materials, submitting peer-reviewed publications, writing books, and of course, by attending conferences. Conferences are a great way to connect face-to-face with different communities of …