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    Ever wonder what it's really like to be working in Antarctica or collecting core samples from the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Get a first-hand feel for scientific exploration by following the blog posts of researchers out in the field.
  • Call of the Orangutan: Expedition Planning

    James visiting the Virunga mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

    I’m writing this post while waiting at the gate for my flight from LAX to Indonesia. To anyone that knows me (especially my advisors, former teachers, and long-suffering parents) this last minute approach will not come as any sort of surprise. However, the expedition I’m about to commence has been years in the making, so [...]

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    Climbing Mount Everest: My Search for Dirty Snow

    Editor’s note: This April, geologist and Ph.D. candidate Ulyana Horodyskyj will be climbing Mount Everest to determine how much soot is settling on snow at the top of mammoth glaciers, which could slow their growth at the top, even as they melt at much lower elevations. She will post updates to this blog as she [...]

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    Call of the Orangutan: An Expedition to Indonesia

    Peter Pan, a flanged male orangutan, surveys researchers in the Sabangau Forest / Credit: James Askew

    This week I’ll swap the traffic and sunshine of Los Angeles for the rainforests of Indonesia, where I’ll be living for the next 18 months. The reason for my long trip is to collect data for my PhD dissertation studying orangutans, and I’m excited to be writing this expedition blog which I hope will give [...]

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    An Intrepid Look at Winter with Climate Scientist and Adventurer Felicity Aston

    Felicity Aston is a British adventurer, climate scientist and STEM advocate, who in 2012 became the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. At 23, Felicity left the UK to spend three years living and working in the Antarctic as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey at Rothera Research Station. On her return, she was part of [...]

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    Counting Fish: Wrap Up and Conclusion

    Since July 2012, I’ve been posting about a study of artificial reefs along the Texas coast. Scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in Corpus Christi conducted the research, funded by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, to determine whether these structures increase fish populations, and whether their location, type and [...]

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    Scientists Explore New Zealand’s Deep Sea (Part II)

    sea urchin image

    We made five planned dives during our voyage, each one a day long. It is a long day for the sub team. It takes several hours to prepare the submersible for the dive, and after seven to eight hours on the seafloor, another round of work is needed to prepare the sub for its next [...]

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    Scientists Explore New Zealand’s Deep Sea (Part I)

    Shinkai 6500 submarine

    The JAMSTEC research vessel RV Yokosuka sailed from Nuku’alofa in Tonga this morning, heading towards New Zealand to explore the animal life on deep undersea mountains, or seamounts. A team of 14 scientists from Japan and New Zealand, 41 ships officers and crew are on board. The Yokosuka is the mother ship for the human-operated [...]

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    Counting Fish – End of the season

    HRI-boat

    Scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies stayed busy this summer completing vertical longline sampling and ROV and diving surveys at artificial and natural reefs off the Texas coast. The work is part of a two-year study to analyze fish life around artificial reefs, which began in 2012. To date, they’ve [...]

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    Arctic Methane: Going with the flow

    Complimentary drinks voucher, to keep everyone sweet while their flight was delayed by nearly two hours.

    by Dr Jennifer Muller, University of Manchester Sunday 22nd September. It is good to not expect everything to go according to plan. Last Sunday (22nd September), the plan had been to head up North and fly to Svalbard (~78 °N), land and refuel at Longyearbyen, and then sample and do more science in the Svalbard [...]

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    Chimps in Uganda: Reflections on a Year

    Sylvester, the alpha male chimpanzee of the Bulindi community, Uganda. Photo: Maureen McCarthy.

    A year has passed, seemingly in the blink of an eye. My field research studying these chimpanzees has drawn to a close. From here, I’ll prepare to begin my genetic analyses at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Leipzig will be home for the next year as I delve into the data [...]

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