Polar Biology – Mascioni et al 2019 – Phytoplankton composition and bloom formation in unexplored nearshore waters of the western Antarctic Peninsula.

Journal of Tourism Futures – Taylor et al 2019 – Arctic expedition cruise tourism and citizen science: a vision for the future of polar tourism. 

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics – Cusick 2019 – Citizen Scientists in Antarctica: FjordPhyto Approach to Understand Climate Change Affected Environments. 

Oceanography – Cusick et al 2020 – Polar Tourism as an Effective Research Tool: Citizen Science in the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

ECO Magazine – Cusick et al 2020 – A Helping Hand in Phytoplankton Research.

Journal of Marine Systems – Mascioni et al 2021 – Microplanktonic diatom assemblages dominated the primary production but not the biomass in an Antarctic fjord.

News & Media


San Diego Tribune (2017) – Robbins, Gary. Scripps Oceanography to teach ‘citizen scientists’ in the wilds of Antarctica.

Discover Magazine (2017, Dec 9) – Newman. Stay Warm with Winter Projects from Home. 

Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic. (2018, Jan 8). Plankton BioBlitz Antarctica.

Discover Magazine (2019, June 8) – Cusick & Meraldi. Looking beneath the ocean’s surface with Antarctic Citizen Scientists 

Zeiss Microscope. (2019). Carrying out research at sea. 

Planet Forward (2019, Mar 1) Pothamsetty, Navya. First Class Citizen Science.

The Washington Post (2020, Dec 4) Goodman, Tanya Ward. Citizen Science Allows Amateurs to Contribute to Groundbreaking Investigations, even without Traveling.

Beleg Natur Magazine (Germany, 2020, Dec) – Goth, Katrin. Der Meeresblute auf der Spur. Print only.

IAATO. (2020) – Cusick, A.  Tiny but Mighty – why we owe our existence to phytoplankton. 

Canadian Geographic (2020, Feb 28) Kirnishni, Tanya. Hearts in the Ice: Citizen Science.

ECO Magazine (2020) – Polar Heroes Recognition – Maria Vernet and Allison Cusick

Fodor’s Travel (2021) – Christine, Theresa. Is Sustainable Tourism to Antarctica Actually Possible?

Conde Nast Traveler (2021, July/Aug)Johanson, Mark.  Trailblazer: The Scientist’s Apprentices. Print and online article.



Viking Cruises (5 April, 2021). Exploring Citizen Science with Dr. Damon Stanwell-Smith, Laura Smith, and Allison Cusick

SciStarter (13 April, 2021). Citizen Science in Antarctica with Dr. Verena Meraldi (Hurtigruten) and Allison Cusick (FjordPhyto)

SciStarter (14 April, 2021). Citizen Science Around the World – Antarctica feature minute 16:53

Presentations (oral/poster) at Conferences

2017 March – Gordon Research Conference – Polar Marine Science, poster presentation – Ventura, CA.   

2017 May – Citizen Science Association Conference – CitSci2017 – St. Paul, MN  

2017 June – FjordPhyto Conceptualized as final Master’s Capstone at Scripps Ints. Oceanography.

2017 October – AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference, oral presentation – Iceland

2018 May – Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Online Conference – Butterfly Effect, oral presentation – online (begin at 0:32:00 – 1:01:00)

2018 June – Polar2018 Open Science Conference, oral presentation – Davos, Switzerland   

2019 March – Citizen Science Association Conference – CitSci2019, oral & poster presentation – Raleigh, NC

2018 April – SCAR Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) conference – Ushuaia, Argentina

2019 June – 1st Annual Building the NASA Citizen Science Community – Tuscon, AZ  

2019 September – AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference, oral presentation – Sturbridge, MA

2020 February – AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, poster and oral presentation – San Diego, CA

2020 February – Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants with Joe Grabowski. Hearts in the Ice & Allison Cusick.

2020 August – SCAR 2020 Online International Conference, oral presentation Online  Dr. Vernet (video presentation)Martina (poster session and video presentation), and Allison (Slack discussion and poster session). Originally scheduled to be in Hobart, Tasmania. 

2020 summer – NASA 2nd Annual Citizen Science Workshop Series – Virtual

2021 spring – NASA Citizen Science Leaders Series – Virtual  

2021 May – CitSciVirtual 2021 – workshop organizer for session B.17 Hearts in the Ice – Panel 1 on Resilience Through Extreme Citizen Science – and – Panel 2 Reflections on Panel 1 and Extreme Citizen Science – Virtual  

2021 April – Argentina Conference – Jornadas de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades Antárticas (JoCSHA) – Puede un proyecto de ciencia ciudadana generar conciencia en los turistas antarcticos? (begin at 1:15:00).

2021 May – AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference, attendee – Virtual  

2021 September – Chilean Conference – Congreso Ciencia Ciudadana – Descubriendo un mundo microscopico en aguas antarticas (begin at 48:48)