Dispatches from Antarctica – Slow Days

David Honig is a graduate student in marine science at Duke University in the lab of Dr. Cindy Van Dover. He is participating in LARISSA, a 2 month multinational expedition to study the causes and consequences of the ice shelf collapse. He will be posting regular updates on the expedition exclusively for Deep Sea News readers!


14 January 2010

Suzee: As glamorous as she is utilitarian.

Suzee’s first swim

ROV Genesis aka “Suzee” spent the evening running systems tests while dangling from the boat in the water column. Problems with her navigational software forced her to resurface before touching bottom. This was Suzee’s first dip into Antarctic waters.


15 January 2010

Shore leave

Members of the marine ecosystems team spent the day at Palmer Station brushing up on fjord ecology as the Palmer attempted Kasten coring farther east.

A treasure from the Palmer Station china cabinet.
A marauding skua searches for unguarded penguin chicks near Palmer Station.

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