“Icy Inverts” 2013 Cruise – Scientific Adventures in Antarctic Waters

Genomics, Biodiversity, and Antarctica – three of my favourite things! For all you expedition junkies, these three things are exactly the focus of the 2013 “Ivy Inverts” cruise. My Gulf oil spill collaborator at Auburn University, Ken Halanych (along with an international team of students and colleagues), is currently steaming towards Antarctica aboard the Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer. I have not yet been to Antarctica, so I always follow these awesome cruises with much jealousy. Although my California-weakened body notes that it does look pretty damn cold…

Ken described the project (funded by the US National Science foundation) in a recent e-mail:

We left Punta Arenas Chile Jan 1st, 2013 and arrive into McMurdo Station, Antarctica Feb 7th. The purpose of this cruise is to study genetic patterns of biodiversity in the Bellingshausen, Amundsen and Ross Seas. These are some of the most remote waters on the planet. Given the rapidly changing environment in this region due to climate change, we also want to establish an understanding of where different species currently occur.

You can follow their cruise on Twitter (@Icy_Inverts_AU and  @CMU_Antarctica), and find more information at the websites listed below. Just remember guys, Cabin Fever and/or extended periods of sleeplessness DO NOT MIX WELL with Tweeting.

Blog/web pages:

Icy Inverts 2013 – Shipboard Blog

Icy Inverts 2013 – Project portal at Auburn University

Biology in Antarctica – Project portal at Central Michigan University

YouTube video describing the project:

Auburn University – Icy Inverts 2013 – sorry DSN readers, I couldn’t embed the video here because of the privacy settings :(

One Reply to ““Icy Inverts” 2013 Cruise – Scientific Adventures in Antarctic Waters”

  1. I might be leaving Punta Arenas this October to be stationed in Palmer Station, Antarctica for 3-4 months. I am an undergraduate Rutgers Marine Bio major. I have been studying Antarctic ecosystems on my own time for awhile now; very alien, and very different. I am only a first year, so the trip is not a guarantee for me, however, I cannot help but get excited. The educational opportunities are abundant in the world’s last continent, a continent that has been referred to as one that will always be a stranger to man.

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