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February 1, 2012

Cruising down the West Antarctic Peninsula

by Kaycee Coleman

The 2nd of January I stepped onto the RV Lawrence M Gould for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) cruise.  It was hard to leave Palmer Station behind but the cruise promised further adventure down the peninsula.  The science that we do on the LTER cruise is similar to the science we do here at […]

January 27, 2012

ru26d: The bear is in the igloo!

by David Aragon

Hi All ru26 The Bear is in the Igloo! The Glider was pick up this morning, in the middle of a large patch of ice but the recover all went well and it is now sat out side the boat shed awaiting collection. Cheers Tim (boatman) ru26d was recovered early in the morning, Saturday 1/21/2012 […]

November 2, 2011

Across the Drake, a stop at COPACABANA, then onward to Palmer Station

by Kaycee Coleman

We’ve made it to Palmer Station, and while it is a bit icer and colder than last year most things are the same.  We’re set up in lab ten again, right next to the main entrace for easy access to the zodiacs.  It is also the biggest lab, so we have plenty of room to […]

October 5, 2011

Southbound to our summer home in Antarctica

by Kaycee Coleman

Yet again we’ve come back to Punta Arenas to rub the toe of the famous statue resting in the square for safe travels across the Drake, to head back to our summer home in Antarctica.   Currently it is spring here is Punta Arenas, Chile.  The town is spotted with puddles from days of rain, […]

January 19, 2011

Cruising down the Antarctic Peninsula

by Kaycee Coleman

(This post is by Travis, but since they have limited internet on the boat I’m posting it for him) So it’s been a while since I’ve gotten the chance to write. I know Kaycee has updated everyone to a lot of what’s been going on at Palmer the last few weeks. Here’s an update from […]

October 17, 2010


by Garz

After almost 4 full days of a rocking ship filled with 40 people fidgeting and waiting to do something we finally reached the first stop of our luxury (if cold, wet, and cramped conditions are now considered luxurious) cruise.  The Copacabana field station is located on King George Island which is part of the South Shetland Islands […]

October 15, 2010

Crossing the Drake Passage

by Kaycee Coleman

On the 6th of October we began our journey from Punta Arenas down to the Antarctic, braving harsh winds and fearsome seas in the name of science! The Drake Passage is notorious for rough seas, and since the crossings for the last two seasons have been calm, we knew our luck would run out eventually.  […]

October 14, 2010

Heading South

by Travis Miles

Things are heating up down in the southern hemisphere and the Rutgers Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) group is migrating south to start another Antarctic summer sampling season. Garz and Kaycee are returning this year and I’m the newbie of the group. My main focus down here will be deploying, servicing and recovering underwater robots […]

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