Rutgers graduate students Quintin Diou-Cass and Joe Gradone joined University of Connecticut Postdoc Jessie Turner on the R/V Nathaniel Palmer to head to the West Antarctic Peninsula to conduct hands-on field research in the Southern Ocean.
Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Rutgers leads a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project – entering its 31st field season this year – at Palmer Station, Antarctica.
Chief scientist on the LTER project is Oscar Schofield, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of marine and Coastal Sciences. He leads the project, which is studying the fastest winter warming location on Earth, and tracking how the changing physics is affecting the marine ecosystem, from the bacteria to the penguins.
Graduate students help lead the program by working in the field at research bases and vessels, effectively using the Antarctica as their laboratory for graduate research. This research experience in the Southern Ocean is transformative for graduate students like Katie Todoroff and Frank McQuarrie.
Here’s a peak at the 2020 LTER expedition, which at the time completed 30 years of Antarctic ecological research.
Why study at Rutgers? Learn more at A Journey that Amazed the World and through the opportunities at the Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) lab, the Masters of Operational Oceanography program and the Graduate Program in Oceanography.
Link to DMCS Research: https://marine.rutgers.edu/research/