You have to be a jack of all trades to carry out science at an Antarctic research station. Moving stuff is one of them. Our UAB team’s arrival at Palmer Station yesterday was celebratory; four of us were reunited with old friends, two rejoiced in a newfound home. Today, the celebration is over. Time to move in.

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"Antarctica: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Amsler-Baker-McClintock labs.

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Over the last 24 hours onboard the LMG, the scenery surrounding the ship has changed as we approached the Antarctic Peninsula. Open ocean as far as the eye can see has been replaced by snowy islands and towering glacier-covered mountains on both sides of the ship. And now, 4 days after departing Chile, we have finally reached Palmer Station!

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Since my PhD research is focused on ocean warming impacts to sea stars from the northern Gulf of Mexico, the prospect of trading my bikini for a parka and heading to the bottom of the world seemed like science fiction when I joined the McClintock lab in 2016.

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Sailing Day arrives in Punta Arenas, Chile with blue skies and fair winds!! The ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) seemed to glow in the drenching early morning sunlight.

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WOW! Yes, that was the logo of our first UAB in Antarctica web site when it was first launched in 2000. It is also very much what the site looked like during our 2001 and 2004 expeditions.

airportToday is the big day, the day we leave home and head to Palmer Station which will be home away from home for most of us until mid-June.