Palmer Links

skua's eye view
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)
April 2013...still in no apparent order:
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.
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.
bulletBrian Nelson
has spent several summers at Palmer including this one (2011-12), earlier he wintered at McMurdo...a great blog with pictures of activities and wildlife of various types.
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.
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).
bullet Fen Montaigne
the author of the 2010 book Fraser's Penguins, blogs occasionally here.
bullet Speaking of penguins...The Ocean Bytes blog
by folks at the University of Delaware, has had several excellent posts recently...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 Paul Queior
returned for the 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2009-10 summers as the systems administrator, and he's continued this fine blog. Earlier he was the 2008 winter network engineer, whatever that is. One thing he covered was the cruise ship Ushuaia call at Palmer in December 2008 not long before that vessel ran aground.
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.
bullet vagabumming
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.
bullet Amber 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.
bullet UAB in Antarctica
They were back in 2007 and in 2010, and these are the detailed illustrated blogs from those visits. Great stuff!
bullet UAB in Antarctica 2004
The older Amsler/Mclintock site, with excellent diaries and photos of their 2004 diving research study at Palmer. 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 WBUR Antarctica
Boston Public Radio reporter visited Palmer in the 2002-03 summer. This site features many photo galleries, journal entries, and an excellent narrated virtual tour.
bullet HERO!
My Hero pages are here.
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, 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.
bullet2010-11 USAP Science Summary
for Palmer Station, from the USAP web site, with links to previous years and research vessel projects. The current year is always password protected. 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.