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

Project Title

Portraits of Place at Palmer Station

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Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Matthew Erickson / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator

Mr. Shaun Michael O'Boyle

Dalton, Massachusetts

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Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould
Research Locations: Palmer Station / Western Antarctic Peninsula / Livingston Island


The artist will sail on the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) for a round-trip cruise to Palmer Station, Antarctica. He will photograph life and science on board the LMG as well as the vessel’s architecture and functional spaces. At Palmer Station, he will photograph station interiors, exteriors, and infrastructure, alone and with the surrounding landscape and seascape. These images can then be used for comparison purposes for the planned infrastructure upgrades to Palmer Station. The artist will also visit and document other field sites, including Cape Shirreff and Old Palmer Station, when accessible by small boat.

Field Season Overview

The artist is scheduled to sail on the LMG17-10 cruise. During the cruise he will photograph the vessel and participants in various locations where and when permission is granted. Areas include but are not limited to open deck, lounge, laboratories and public spaces. Under his own permit, he will participate in one of the first small boat launches in support of the NOAA/AMLR Cape Shirreff camp put-in. During the put-in he will photograph the small boat operations, camp, landscape and participants.

Deploying Team Members

  • Shaun O'Boyle (PI)