Scott Base, Antarctica January 7, 2017   I’ve just arrived in Antarctica for my 14th trip to the ice. I still love coming down to Antarctica but after so many trips and having to leave my wife and daughter at home for extended periods of time it is becoming harder to make these trips… Read More


McMurdo Station, Antarctica October 2, 2016   Today should, hopefully, be my last full day in Antarctica. I’m scheduled to fly back to Christchurch tomorrow afternoon. Flights to and from Antarctica can often be delayed by bad weather or mechanical problems with the planes so there is no guarantee that I’ll actually fly north tomorrow.… Read More


McMurdo Station, Antarctica September 26, 2016   Last week I asked readers of this blog to send me their questions about Antarctica. A lot of the questions came from my daughter Sabrina’s 2nd grade class at Coal Creek Elementary School. I was able to Skype with Sabrina’s class and answer their questions live but because… Read More


McMurdo Station, Antarctica September 21, 2016   It has been a frustrating week since my last blog post. Often fieldwork has its ups and downs and the last week has definitely been more downs than ups.   As I mentioned in my last blog post, the week before last Tuesday (13 September) we had flown… Read More


McMurdo Station, Antarctica September 14, 2016   Since last Wednesday (September 7th) Mark and I have done 21 SUMO flights on 5 flight days. For our first two flight days (September 7th and 8th) we were flying in the afternoon and early evening.               Starting on September 10th we… Read More


  McMurdo Station, Antarctica September 9, 2016   After more than a week of preparations and delays Mark and I were finally able to do some unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) flights over the past two days. Doing these flights is the reason we’ve come to Antarctica. The UAV that we use is called… Read More


McMurdo Station, Antarctica September 4, 2016   I’ve been in Antarctica just over a week now. We spent the first several days in various training classes and organizing the logistical support we will need for our work. That always takes about 4 or 5 days. Yesterday was the first day we were going to attempt… Read More


McMurdo Station, Antarctica August 29, 2016   After spending a week in Christchurch waiting for good weather for my flight to Antarctica I arrived at McMurdo Station on Saturday evening (August 27th). As you’d expect, flying to Antarctica is not like your typical commercial airline flight, although there are some similarities.   Just like for… Read More


Christchurch, New Zealand August 27, 2016   I’m heading back to Antarctica for my 13th trip to the southernmost continent. As on my previous trips I’ll be studying Antarctic weather. I’ll describe the research I’ll be doing in more detail in a future blog post but I will be using small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones,… Read More


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