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

Project Title

The illustrated story of Antarctic microbes

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Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Rachel Shackelford / Jamee Johnson

Principal Investigator

Ms. Karen Romano Young

Bethel, Connecticut


Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: On station


The goal of this artist is to tell a visual story about scientists in Antarctica researching microbes and their potential impact on climate change. Specifically, this involves working alongside the Countway (B-028-P) science team to investigate the connections between dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), dimethyl sulfide (DMS), cloud formation, and microbial diversity in Antarctica. This will ultimately lead to an illustrated field notebook or science stories on the Internet, a poster about DMSP and DMS cycling, a children’s book titled, "Looking for the Invisible Ocean," and various workshops and presentations.

Field Season Overview

Ms. Young will be embedded as a field assistant with the Countway (B-028-P) team. She will deploy to Palmer Station and will work alongside the science team to sample seasonal microbial communities from Palmer Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Station B and/or E, and will assist with the continuous growth experiments involving these samples. She will participate in Dr. Countway's sample collection and laboratory work, and will be maintaining a daily journal of research activities. She also proposes to observe other scientists’ studies within the framework of the Antarctic environment.

Deploying Team Members

  • Karen Young (PI)