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?