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 …

Jack Pan studies how phytoplankton play a role in Antarctic fjords

Another Vernet Lab member you may not have heard about yet is Jack Pan. Jack has been working hard to understand phytoplankton and the optical properties of water within Andvord Bay – a beloved fjord where the Neko Harbour landing is located. He recently had a first-author publication come out detailing his findings (congrats! See below) and was highlighted as …

Heading back down to the Ice 2019

Antarctica is one of the most spectacular places on Earth, in my opinion – to get to the peninsula, I must cross the infamous Drake Passage, a 620 mile (1000 km) journey from the tip of South America. It’s around a two-day sail from the port towns of Punta Arenas (Chile), or Ushuaia (Argentina), to the South Shetland Islands. These …

Honored as Accomplished Scientist 2018 AAAS Fellow – Dr. Maria Vernet

A huge congratulations to Dr. Maria Vernet for being elected as AAAS Accomplished Scientist Fellow for 2018 Biological Sciences. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest general science organization in the United States, and publisher of the journal Science. AAAS has bestowed upon 416 of its members (since 1874) the lifetime honor of being an elected Fellow …

Get to know Martina Mascioni

How did you get involved working with FjordEco and FjordPhyto?  I started working on marine Antarctic phytoplankton when I was in the third year of the Bachelor’s Degree, particularly with diatoms taxonomy. Two years went by and then when I got my degree I was told, if I wanted to keep on doing science I would have to do a …