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

Project Title

A children’s novel

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Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator

Mr. Gregory Neri

Tampa, Florida


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Dry Valleys / Sea Ice


Writer Gregory Neri will deploy to McMurdo Station for seven weeks to conduct background research, observations, and interviews for a novel aimed at students, grades 5 through 9. Neri plans to observe and interview scientists who are seeking answers to big questions through the study of Antarctica’s tiniest inhabitants, such as foraminifera, that shed light on life’s diversity and challenges, opening new windows into Earth’s early history and its possible future. The book will capture the sense of wonder and discovery that push scientists to venture into this extreme environment to search for the secrets of life that lie within. Neri will infuse the science of Antarctica with the story of a boy struggling in post-Katrina New Orleans. The boy receives a mysterious package from a black Antarctic scientist who died while diving under the ice. The scientist, who may be the father he never knew, left behind a series of journals, observations, and ideas that empower the boy to pursue his own love of science in a world that does not value his ideals. Neri will create a transformative novel that seeks to inspire and educate underprivileged students who lack meaningful access to impactful knowledge about science and nature.

Field Season Overview

In the 2017-18 season, Gregory Neri will deploy to McMurdo Station to work with a variety of scientists from late October to early December. He will spend time at McMurdo Station and on the sea ice and make day trips or short overnight trips to Cape Royds, Cape Evans and the Dry Valleys where he will record his personal experiences and impressions in photographs and notes, conduct interviews with scientists and station personnel, and observe and assist with field-based research. Neri will also conduct a series of podcasts with diverse Antarctic scientists, host message boards, and post videos, articles, and links on a website. He will obtain approval for any webcast sessions during the SIP submission period.

Deploying Team Members

  • Gregory Neri (PI)