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Austral Summer 2014-2015

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Field Camp (WAIS)


From December 2014 – January 2015, I worked at the WAIS Divide Ice Core Field Camp for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center as an Ice Drilling Design and Operations group Field and Drill Specialist.

USAP-AdvresumelogoI lived in a remote field camp in Antarctica working on a small team to disassemble, package, ship, and store the large DISC Drill. The DISC Drill is an ice coring drill, which has been used for past 7 years to drill 3000+ meters into the antarctica ice in order to extract pieces of ice from deep in the ice sheet. These “core samples” were then packaged up and shipped to a lab and storage facility in Denver. This season, the ice drill is due for some maintenance, upgrading, and relocation to Eastern Antarctica, and it’s my team’s job to take the whole thing apart and get it packaged up and flown back to McMurdo Base, where it will then be transported back to Madison, Wisconsin to undergo repairs and upgrades.

Living and Working at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Field Camp, Antarctica – Summer 2014-2015

Austral Summer 2012-2013

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

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During the Austral Summer of 2012-2013, I traveled to Antarctica to work as a Cook for Gana-A’Yoo, EMT, Tour Guide, and Photojournalist at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. While I was living there, I took over 10,000 photos, hours of video footage, and published an article about life in Antarctica on my blog every single day.

Living and Working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, Summer 2012-2013

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