2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Dispatches from Thwaites Glacier: A creative nonfiction inquiry into ice loss in Antarctica
Ms. Elizabeth Rush Mueller
Supporting Stations: RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer
The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) is the largest joint US-UK project undertaken on the southern continent in 70 years. The artist will participate in ITGC fieldwork. She plans to produce a collection of essays that bear witness to the changes physically transforming Antarctica and relay how those changes impact the polar scientists at the forefront of this research. Upon returning from Antarctica, she will design and teach a new advanced creative nonfiction writing workshop, based on her Antarctic experience, to help students develop the skills necessary to communicate science to a broader public.
Field Season Overview
The artist will sail on the RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer from Punta Arenas, Chile, to the Thwaites Glacier region on a cruise supporting the work of Pettit/Heywood (C-445-N), and Wellner/Larter (C-447-N). While onboard, she will interview and shadow members of the science party as they conduct their work and will capture the scenery, operations, and scientists through photography, audio recordings, and notes. Science planned for this cruise includes: sediment coring, multibeam swath bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling surveys for core sites, seal tagging, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) deployments and recoveries, conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) casts, and rock collection at island sites.
Deploying Team Members