As we approach the winter solstice here in NJ, a team of RUCOOL graduate students have arrived in Antarctica for their summer research funded by the National Science Foundation’s LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) program. Joe Gradone and Quintin Diou-Cass are on the R/V Nathanial B Palmer which is just off the West Antarctic Peninsula. While they may not be going to a baseball game, or swimming in a pool or at the beach, they are enjoying views of ice bergs, snow covered peaks and penguins, while occasionally getting beaten up in rough seas.
When time allows, Joe, Quintin and Oscar Schofield, the LTER team lead for Rutgers, are blogging about their experiences at https://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/blog/. Pretty cool stuff going on down there!