Category Archives: PAL-LTER

These posts describe research by VIMS scientists involved in the Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research Program (PAL-LTER) at the U.S. Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula.

PAL-LTER Video – Jack Conroy

VIMS graduate student Jack Conroy created this short video showing the beautiful scenes the VIMS PAL-LTER Antarctic research team experienced during their trip earlier this year. You can also see how the team captured and measured samples of various sea creatures including krill and pteropods.

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February 8: Coming to a Close

Blog post by William & Mary undergraduate student Kharis Schrage. When Jack left off last week, I was the murderer in our ship-wide game. I was on the night shift, but there were people I had to kill off at dinner, so I woke up to kill them, but then at 11:30 pm I was … Continue reading “February 8: Coming to a Close”

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February 1: Charcot Island

Post from VIMS graduate student John “Jack” Conroy. Wednesday, 1 February 2017 2305 local time 64 30.81 S 66 04.56 W This is the 25th year of Palmer Antarctic Long-Term Ecological Research (Pal LTER), but the far southern region of our study area has only been included within the past decade. There had been Adelie … Continue reading “February 1: Charcot Island”

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January 26: The Rothera Pitstop

Post written by VIMS graduate student John “Jack” Conroy. 1611 local time 69 35.99 S 75 37.01 W Early Saturday morning, we arrived at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island. This marked the halfway point in our thirty days of research west of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Rothera pitstop has become … Continue reading “January 26: The Rothera Pitstop”

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January 25: A Full Week of Science

Post by the VIMS Palmer-LTER Research Team After dropping off the birders at Avian Island, we had a full week of science ahead of us. We traversed 100’s of kilometers to sample near the coast and offshore in the deeper regions of the peninsula. When we reach a predetermined station (i.e., sampling location), collaborating labs … Continue reading “January 25: A Full Week of Science”

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January 17 – On the Open Seas

Post from William & Mary undergraduate student Kharis Schrage When our research team set off from Palmer Station last week, I’d like to think the real research began. Our cruise has scientists from all over the United States studying a variety of topics, from marine mammals to hydrology, phytoplankton, and our team’s focus on zooplankton. Along with our … Continue reading “January 17 – On the Open Seas”

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January 6 – Preparing for science at Palmer Station, Antarctica

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Tricia Thibodeau After a successful crossing of the Drake Passage we finally arrived at the Antarctic Peninsula! We lucked out and had a very smooth crossing and the Drake Passage was jokingly referred to as the Drake Lake among everyone on the ship. Hopefully, we’ll receive the same seas on … Continue reading “January 6 – Preparing for science at Palmer Station, Antarctica” Continue reading

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January 1 – Ringing in the New Year

Post by VIMS Graduate Student Tricia Thibodeau To ring in the new year, we did a bingo night where people donate prizes and then we play a couple rounds of bingo to win them. Joe and I from the zooplankton lab won some rounds, yay! We won some soup, temporary tattoos, gum, and chapstick–the ultimate prize pack ;-). … Continue reading “January 1 – Ringing in the New Year” Continue reading

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January 1: PAL-LTER Expedition Underway!

Post by VIMS Graduate Student John “Jack” Conroy. 1 January 2017 11:29 pm local 59° 22.081’ S 62° 38.215’ W Happy New Year! I left Virginia after breakfast last Tuesday and arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile in time for a late Wednesday dinner. This small port city at the end of South America hosts the … Continue reading “January 1: PAL-LTER Expedition Underway!” Continue reading

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Meet our 2016-2017 VIMS Bloggers

During the next few months, VIMS scientists will be providing an inside look into their experiences as they visit the waters around Antarctic on research expeditions. Mar Arroyo, a first-year VIMS graduate student affiliated with Dr. Elizabeth Shadwick’s laboratory, will take part in a cruise to East Antarctica from mid-December through January. Meanwhile, researchers led by Dr. … Continue reading “Meet our 2016-2017 VIMS Bloggers” Continue reading

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