Monday, January 24, 2011

Science on Ice

"The test of man's willingness to pull back from the destruction of the Antarctic wilderness is the test also of his willingness to avert destruction globally. If he cannot succeed in Antarctica he has little chance of success elsewhere." - Edwin Mickleburgh

Many of us dream of going to Antarctica. A few of us have had the good fortune of visiting. For Dr. Rodolfo Werner, travel to White Continent is a regular part of life. As a marine scientist, Dr. Werner has spent much of his life studying marine mammals of the Southern Ocean and the Southwest Atlantic, off of Argentina's wild Patagonian coast. These days, he's the scientific advisor for the Pew Environment Group's Antarctic Krill Conservation Project. Much of his time is spent in the political sphere, where he provides scientific support for the case of protecting key areas used by Antarctic wildlife to forage on krill - a shrimp-like crustacean that forms the basis of the Antarctic food chain.  But when not hammering out new protections for Antarctic wildlife, his life is on ice - literally.

During the Antarctic summer, when much of the northern hemisphere is blanketed in snow, Rodolfo guides groups to Antarctica as an expedition leader with National Geographic's Lindblad Expeditions.
Currently at sea on the National Geographic Explorer, Rodolfo's Antarctic voyage can be followed online.  Drop in for your own taste of this icy realm.

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