30 January 2014 In an unusual turn of events for Antarctic fieldwork I wound up leaving Antarctica sooner than expected. Melissa and I were scheduled to fly north on Monday (3 February) but due to slushy conditions on the ice runway, due to the warm weather in McMurdo over the past month, the US Antarctic… Read More


28 January 2014 We started packing up our Tall Tower field camp on Saturday (25 January) and spent all day Sunday snowmobiling back to McMurdo. On Saturday we packed almost all of the gear and took down the large Arctic Oven tent that had served as our kitchen and work area and loaded this onto… Read More


25 January 2014 We finished the last of our UAV flights today so now is a good time for me to describe what it is that we’ve been doing for the last two weeks and show you some of the data we’ve collected. The focus of our research this field season is the lowest part… Read More


23 January 2014 Just a quick blog post with links to a couple of videos I’ve shot while at our Tall Tower field camp. The first is a video of the flight down to Antarctica from boarding the plane in Christchurch to stepping out into the bright sunlight and snow of Antarctica. You can find… Read More


22 January 2014 One of the things I really enjoy doing while in Antarctica is going for hikes around McMurdo. Not getting out for my regular evening hikes while at the Tall Tower field camp was something I was not looking forward to while at the camp. Although we’ve been busy with our research and… Read More


  20 January 2014 We didn’t expect to have any visitors to our field camp during our two weeks here, but last Friday as I was walking from my sleep tent to the kitchen tent I saw a skua, a large seagull-like bird, flying overhead. At first it didn’t register as being strange but then… Read More


17 January 2014 This is my first time camping at a small, remote field camp in the Antarctic. As I said in a previous post our camp consists of 6 tents and 4 people (myself, Melissa, Ben, and Suz). Melissa and I are flying unmanned aerial vehicles to collect data about the vertical structure of… Read More


16 January 2014 We woke to cloudy skies and fog for our first full day at our Tall Tower field camp. Our first order of business was to finish unpacking our sleds and getting our camp set up. For breakfast we had oatmeal and hot cocoa. Ben, the Kiwi grad student with us, joined us… Read More


15 January 2014 Yesterday was a looooong day. After getting a big breakfast and doing some final packing we left McMurdo at 8AM. It was a short drive from McMurdo to the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf where our snowmobiles and sleds were parked. We finished packing the sleds under sunny skies with light… Read More


13 January 2014 Melissa and I have spent the last few days getting ready for spending the next two weeks at our Tall Tower field camp. We’ve finished picking up all of our camp gear (tents, sleeping bags, stoves, fuel, generator, solar panel, food), testing and packing all of our science gear, and of course… Read More