2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Intersections of landscape and humanity in Antarctica

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W-482-M Research Location(s): On station


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Program Manager:
Ms. Valentine Kass

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator(s)

Ms. Caitlin O'Neill Scarano
Marblemount, Washington


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: On station


This project will focus on the intersections between landscape and humanity in Antarctica and the different ways in which individuals make meaning of the socio-ecosystem of the region. The artist will seek to learn about how people inside and outside of Antarctica imagine and understand it, and how humans can inhabit, study, and use the land (and, by extension, other regions) in the most intentional ways. Her time in Antarctica will result in the completion of a full-length collection of poems.

Field Season Overview

The artist will deploy to McMurdo Station where she will interview scientists and support staff about their experiences living and working on the continent. She will also visit and observe developed and undeveloped sites in the vicinity of McMurdo Station including historic huts, the sea ice, and publicly accessible areas of McMurdo Station and areas accessed by the Ross Island roads and trail system.

Deploying Team Members

  • Caitlin Scarano (PI)