Biological Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems: AnT-ERA/SCAR spring course in Argentina

by Martina Mascioni (FjordPhyto Scientist) This past week (23 – 29 September 2018) the spring course on “Biological Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems” took place in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was a course for graduate, PhD students, and post-docs whose research interests are related to Antarctic ecosystems. Students from South America — Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Colombia …

In the Field with A21

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp6OFj6dqRY[/embedyt] In December 2017, I flew down to Ushuaia, Argentina: the gateway city to Antarctica. I boarded the MS Hebridean Sky, a 296-foot cruise ship, and was warmly welcomed by FjordPhyto champions Bob Gilmore and Annette Bombosch. Antarctica21 had invited me to come on board as Guest Scientist to oversee the FjordPhyto citizen science project, and to give mini …

A Scientist’s Life: Dr. Maria Vernet

Original story posted at Scripps News Explorations Now. Maria Vernet is an emeritus researcher in the Integrative Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. She earned a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Washington in 1981 and a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Washington in 1983. She …

Scripps Oceanography to teach ‘citizen scientists’ in the wilds of Antarctica

Reposted from San Diego Union Tribune By Gary Robbins A Scripps Institution of Oceanography graduate student making her second trip to Antarctica will lead ecotourists in taking phytoplankton samples from fjords in one of the most pristine environments on Earth. Allison Lee, a biological oceanographer, is scheduled to leave Tuesday for Argentina, where she’ll board the MS Hebridean Sky, a …

Allison Lee Polar Phytoplankton PhD Student

Interview reposted from Ocean Allison Podcast Episode #54, Allison Lee: Phytoplankton PhD Student. ^ Click the link above to listen to the podcast! Allison Lee is a biological oceanography PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, working to bring phytoplankton research to the world of Citizen Science in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In this episode we discuss her experience …

We are in Iceland!

We have been invited to speak at the 2017 AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference in Iceland and engage the polar guide community in the wonders of phytoplankton research with FjordPhyto by the Vernet Lab. AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators – IAATO Allison presented the project concept, the importance of gathering data for science, and …

FjordPhyto receives support from the National Science Foundation

We couldn’t be more ecstatic to share the news that FjordPhyto has received funding support from the National Science Foundation! The Division of Polar Programs provided support for the first season of FjordPhyto (2017-2018) under a one-year Public Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research (PPSR) grant. This allows us to purchase equipment to provide a couple of sampling …

FjordPhyto presented to Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Allison Lee presents FjordPhyto as her Capstone for the Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A huge shout out to her committee members Dr. Maria Vernet (Chair), Dr. George Watters, and the CMBC department for their guidance in developing the scientific goals. And thanks to everyone in the Antarctic tourism industry who …

Polar Marine Science 2017 Gordon Research Conference

If the people in that room didn’t know the answer to the question, then nobody in the world knew the answer to the question. Now that is research at the frontier!  ~Allison Lee The Vernet Lab attended the 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Polar Marine Science  March 26 – 31, 2017 in Ventura, California. GRC are prestigious international scientific conferences that …