Palmer Links

1968-69 aerial photo
Palmer Station and the R/V Hero from the air, taken late in the 1968-69 season after the
exterior skin of GWR has been installed. (US Navy photo by Bill Curtsinger, from the
Antarctic Journal, July/August 1969. Presumably he took it from the Edisto's helicopter)

First, some brand new blogs from 2018!
bullet Jake Grondin
is a 2018 winterover from Northeastern University, from Bill Detrich's lab. He's got some great descriptions and photos of their science project as well as what they do when they don't work!
bullet Kevin Moore
is the 2018 winter systems administrator, and he's lived in Boulder for longer than I have! This is his first time in Antarctica, and he's been covering everything with lots of details and photos, in a blog he calls "Antarctica? Seriously."
bullet Maggie and Chuck Amsler
led one of their largest lab groups to spend one of their longest times at Palmer, between February and May 2018, studying shallow water algae and invertebrates. Many many great blog posts!
March 2017...roughly from newer to older...
bullet Drew Spacht
from Erie, PA, ws working at Palmer between December 2016 and April 2017 as part of the latest studies on how the Antarctic midge survives the Antarctic winter. This link is to a March news article. The project also has this outreach blog with a few December and January preparatory posts.
bullet Becky Ball
from Arizona State University, made her most recent trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2015-16 as principal investigator on a "polar soils" (to keep it simple) project. Much of their work was aboard the LMG,, but they did spend time at Palmer Station and also visited Elephant Island, including the site of Shackleton's stay there 100 years ago. On earlier ventures she spent time at Rothera, as well as in the Dry Valleys.
bullet The University of Alabama-Birmingham team
was back for the austral late summer and fall 2013 season...led again by Maggie and Charles Amsler. This link is to their 2013 blog with links to their earlier ventures...they studied subsea life in situ and in the laboratory, looking at climate change effects. Here are links to their blogs in 2010, in 2007, and UAB in Antarctica 2004. Maggie's 2 March 2004 diary entry on the Arthur Harbor glacier calving to create what would later be named Amsler Island is of particular interest.
bullet Antarctica. Srsly.
is an eclectic blog by Tsaven (Brendan) who was the UT for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 summers. If you go back a bit further, he also describes his 2008 winter.
bullet RUCOLD
is the blog of the Rutgers LTER group and their project which began in the 2010-11 season--water sampling and measurements of properties such as acidification and CO2 absorption...using Zodiacs, larger vessels, and most interestingly, their gliders!
bullet Palmer science sitreps between 1990 and the present day are on this section of the LTER site.
Here is the new LTER home page; the site has seen a major upgrade in early 2014. There is lots of content.
bulletPaula Dell
is a science teacher from Chicago who visited Palmer in April-June 2011 as a part of the PolarTREC program. She was a member of a project studying the biology of Antarctic fishes...the principal investigators of which are Kristin O'Brien and the late Bruce Sidell. Paula has an extensive blog with photos covering the science activities on station and aboard the L.M. Gould, as well as glimpses of other science projects and station life.
bulletPat Betteley
is an Ohio educator who joined the Miami University (Ohio) 2010-11 project studying flies. Yes...the wingless fly belgica antarctica that can be found on the Antarctic Peninsula. She put together this interesting blog. They headed north on the LMG on 4 February 2011.
bullet Ian Robbins
spent time at Palmer Station in January/February 2011 with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo marine science group...they operated "Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" (AUV) known as REMUS (Remote Environmental Monitoring Unit). The more recent blog pages describe 2011 and 2012 deployments to Palau.
bullet Fen Montaigne
the author of the 2010 book Fraser's Penguins, blogged occasionally here. And here's another of his web sites about the book.
bullet Speaking of penguins...The Ocean Bytes blog
by folks at the University of Delaware, has miscellaneous geeky stuff, research vessel information, space shuttle launch coverage, but if you go back far enough there are...videos of the penguin research...coverage of the AUV mentioned above, and video documentation of one of the new crevasses that are restricting glacier access.
bullet Keith Reimink
was the 2010 w/o of several 2009 (or earlier) Polies to venture to the Peninsula side of the continent. Lots of pictures of the trip, the station, food...
bullet Neal Scheibe
was the science tech at Pole for 2006 and 2007...for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (and in February 2012 he's heading back for his seventh Antarctic winter). He moved to the warmer side of the continent but his style remains. Did I mention that he's tall?
bullet travelinwiththerev
happens to be Craig Bell, one of the UT types I met when I first got to Pole in February 2008. He left at the end of the summer, but worked in Denver, and was at Palmer for the first part of the 2009 winter. As of early 2013 he and his wife Renee Ricketts Schweitzer were still working for PAE at the American embassy in 2014 Craig is wintering at Palmer.
is really Will Brubaker, a friend and good guy who was one of my fellow 2008 Pole winterovers. He was at Palmer for more of the 2009 winter, scroll back on this blog for good stuff and photos. Since then he's married Cate and spent time in Taiwan, Peru, the sandpit...and now Panama.
bulletAmber Bates
was the winter 2008 lab tech, she stayed around until April 2009. She's got some excellent photos around station...and of her subsequent travels until she ended up on Kwaj with David in October 2010.
bullet Seren Thompson
was around for the 2007-08 summer. Several great things to recommend on his blog--a great collection of aerial photographs taken by aircraft from the HMS Endurance...and a visit to one of those little known field sites that I too did get to see once--Copacabana. Oh, the older portion of his blog is here.
bulletDan Grossman
A WBUR Boston Public Radio reporter visited Palmer in the 2002-03 summer. This site features many photo galleries, journal entries, videos, and an excellent narrated virtual tour.
bullet HERO!
My Hero pages are here
bullet The Bosun's Watch!
(site archive) was a UK site devoted to commercial fishing trawlers, but this page on the Hero is based on her trawling heritage. Excellent small pictures of Hero in the Antarctic (and aground in Umpqua harbor...)!
bullet Allen Cull
wintered in 1979, and in addition to his photo collection he's amassed the entire year's sitreps as well as the PSBWFPWL (well, see the web site!) Great historical stuff!
bullet Dave Gallas
a friend who wintered at Palmer in 1989...more recently (2005-07 he's been working in Baghdad, and more recently Kabul, s but he's been publishing some of his old diaries. Of special interest is his detailed on-the-spot account of the Bahia Paraiso debacle.
bulletNatalie Harr
is a first-grade teacher from Portage County in northeastern Ohio. In 2011-12 she was the latest educator to join Dr. Richard Lee's team from Miami University (Ohio) on his project to study the largest entirely terrestrial animal in the Antarctic--the wingless midge (!) Team diaries from earlier trips in 2004-05 (Luke Sandro), 2005-06 (Marianne Kaput and Giancarlo Lopez-Martinez) and other info can also be found here.
bulletCara Sucher
former Palmer lab operations supervisor, put together this excellent photography site.
bullet2016-17 USAP Science Summary
, from the USAP web site, with links to previous years and research vessel projects. There is also a link to the older editions, back to 2000-01. And here is their marine science home page.
bullet R/V Polar Duke farewell tribute
with detailed history, sea stories, photos and more.
bullet John Lohr
was the radio officer on Hero from 1974-78; this is his page (with many pictures) describing his job and how he got it. He also has a slide show and commentary on Hero and a voyage to South Georgia
bullet The Stanford VLF group
has been listening to whistlers from Clean Air since 1978. This page includes graphics, detailed links to data, and trip reports from students who have been down on the annual maintenance visits over the last few years, back to 1998.
bullet Boating maps...
That clickable map from Marc Pomeroy.
bullet A new look (August 2007) at Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer's historic house
in Stonington, Connecticut.