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PODCAST: The McMurdo Station Fire Department
Monday March 01, 2021
Fighting fires and keeping people safe is important everywhere, especially in the dry and windy conditions of Antarctica. It's why McMurdo Station has its own dedicated fire department....

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Record melting on the Antarctic George VI Ice Shelf
Thursday February 25, 2021
The George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, experienced the longest melt season in three decades....

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Counting On Seals
Wednesday February 17, 2021
Though smaller than in a typical year, a team of scientists traveled to Antarctica to study the seal pups born around McMurdo Station, and keep the world's longest Weddell sea population dataset...

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Weddell Seals Sing Songs Humans Can't Hear
Friday January 29, 2021
The seals of McMurdo Sound are more vocal than previously thought. A new research paper published in the December edition of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America shows that Weddell...

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Shark Teeth Provide Clues About Ancient Global Change
Wednesday January 27, 2021
Teeth from the long-extinct sand tiger shark are providing new information about massive global climate change and the movement of tectonic plates. NSF-funded University of California Merced Professor Sora Kim and colleagues...

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View current and historical photos profiling science, scenery, wildlife, and more at the USAP Photo Library.


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The Antarctic Sun is the official source for news of the United States Antarctic Program and US Antarctic Stations.

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Kimberly Ohnemus joins OPP as John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow Feb 22, 2021

Kimberly Ohnemus joins OPP as John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

Kimberly Ohnemus is a Cape Cod native who has spent the majority of her life along the coastlines of New England. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology, concentrating in ecology and evolution, from Skidmore College in 2014. After a brief career as an educator, she chose to pursue environmental policy, graduating from the University of Rhode Island with an MA in Marine Affairs in the spring of 2020.


New NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research Jan 28, 2021

New NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research

This new NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research from the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourages submission of proposals that leverage existing data, physical samples, and non-physical samples (e.g., films, recordings, etc.), as well as those that facilitate the reuse of existing data.


EVENT: February 16, Virtual Industry Day for Operations and Science Support to the United States Antarctic Program
Job Opportunity: Antarctic Communications Editor

Features

Special Report

A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Take a look at the National Science Foundation's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.