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Antarctica–Dry Valleys

October 18, 2014

A month from now, here’s where I’ll be headed: The Dry Valleys, just over the Antarctic mountain range.

As you recall, I’ll be observing small eukaryotic microbes in bizarre frozen lakes with Dr. Rachael Morgan-Kiss. I’m bringing a field microscope to see the tiny protists–here is test footage of  Tetrahymena from our intro bio lab (where they’re making the poor creatures smoke cigarettes).

I’m now packing up all sorts of field equipment and cold-weather gear. Today I ordered insulated pants, neck gaiters, and UV-resistant snow goggles for the ozone hole. Here, I’m keeping up with East Knox High School, which hosted us for a visit last month. We asked their opinion: Am I dressed warm enough for Antarctica yet?


  1. October 19, 2014 12:38 am

    This is just so so cool. Can’t wait to see how your trip unfolds.

  2. txupi permalink
    October 19, 2014 8:23 am

    Cool indeed. All puns intended. For what you will learn and for what you will share with us.

  3. Hillary Rettig permalink
    October 19, 2014 8:47 am

    that’s what I was thinking, too! so cool! Just read up on Tetrahymena in Wikipedia – what a cool (there it is again!) beastie!

  4. October 19, 2014 2:07 pm

    Sounds like a really great adventure. Have fun!

  5. October 19, 2014 4:40 pm

    Thanks for all the comments! I’m trying to devise a thermal protector for my cell phone to take cool photos and videos.

  6. October 21, 2014 10:49 pm

    The pictures you’ve posted make it easy to see why Kim Stanley Robinson had his Mars settlers trained in Antarctica. Definitely looks like a place where you will cherish your friends and their company.

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