2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Joint Antarctic Science Expedition (JASE)

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Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1748137

Program Manager:
Ms. Elizabeth Rom

ASC POC/Implementer:
Matthew Erickson / Curt Labombard

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ross Virginia

Dartmouth College
Environmental Studies Program
Hanover, New Hampshire

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Supporting Stations: Special Project
Research Locations: King George Island


The Joint Antarctic Science Expedition (JASE) program is designed to promote polar science education and cross-cultural exchange and is run in parallel with the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), currently led by faculty at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth has a lead role in the JASE program, a collaborative venture of the NSF‘s Office of Polar Programs (NSF/OPP) and the Chilean National Antarctic Institute (Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH)). INACH has invited the United States to participate in an expedition to King George Island that will provide high-school students and teachers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with ecosystems research in Antarctica.

Field Season Overview

Participants will fly from the United States to Punta Arenas, Chile (PA) in mid January 2018. They will be outfitted with Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear from the USAP facilities in PA and will then travel to and from King George Island via air support provided by INACH. Flights between PA and the United States, and food and lodging while in PA will be coordinated and paid for by Dartmouth College through this grant. No USAP travel support is required but the group will be tracked as USAP participants.

Deploying Team Members

  • Lauren Culler (Co-PI)
  • Maya Nunez
  • Michaelle Ramos
  • Giovanna Varlotta
  • Joshua Villenueva
  • Erica Wallstrom