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The Coolest Office in the World

This year, the ICB blog and BIMS, Black in Marine Science, has been collaborating to highlight scientists from the BIMS organization. We hope this collaboration will further foster connecting a phenomenal network of colleagues in marine bio and inform our readers about BIMS research as well as their continued work to not only create a network […]

A Captain’s Journey to the Antarctic

In the seas of Antarctica, nothing is assured. The weather is fickle, changing from sunny skies to whiteouts in the blink of an eye. Ice is not just ice—it forms in bergs, floes, pancakes, and sheets, each one distinct from the other. For seafarers from half a world away, these obstacles make it a tricky […]


Antarctic research links warming to fish decline

A long-term study in the Southern Ocean reveals a correlation among warming waters, decreased sea ice and reduced abundance of Antarctic silverfish. These small fish are important prey for penguins, seals and other marine life. The study was published in the journal Communications Biology. Lead author Andrew Corso of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science […]

Antarctic Long-Term Ecological Research site turns 30

The Long-Term Ecological Research site at Palmer Station, Antarctica, celebrates its 30th field season this year. Thanks to this long-running research program, scientists have consistently tracked environmental changes taking place along the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the fastest-warming regions on Earth, over the past several decades. Researchers have also seen how those changes have rippled […]


New Publication from Graduate student (VIMS) Andrew Corso

Graduate student (VIMS) Andrew Corso with co-authors used a novel 25-year time series to model the effects of environmental variability on larvae of a keystone species, the Antarctic Silverfish (Pleuragramma antarctica). Antarctic Silverfish are the only fish in the Southern Ocean that have been shown to use sea ice as spawning habitat and they’re important […]

Graduate Student Adventures in Antarctica

Rutgers has been participating in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project at Palmer Station Antarctica for over 30 years. During the fall of 2021, graduate students Quintin Diou-Cass and Joe Gradone joined UConn Postdoc Jessie Turner on the R/V Nathaniel Palmer to head to the West Antarctic Peninsula. Over the next few […]

Congratulations Tricia Thibodeau who recently published exciting work in the journal Aquatic Microbial Ecology

Congratulations Tricia Thibodeau who recently published exciting work in the journal Aquatic Microbial Ecology. The pteropod (pelagic snail) Limacina helicina antarctica is a dominant grazer along the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) and plays an important role in regional food web dynamics and biogeochemical cycling. Tricia for the first time, we examined the gut microbiome and […]


Blooming Antarctica

story by Helen Hill for MITgcm The Southern Ocean plays a critical role in the global carbon cycle by acting as a major sink for CO2. In particular, coastal regions around Antarctica can be understood to play an outsize role, with high biological productivity there having the potential to act as a particularly strong sink for anthropogenic carbon. […]

Great work and Congratulations to the 2021 Palmer LTER field team

The COVID pandemic has been extremely challenging for field science.  Despite the challenges the Palmer LTER team was able to conduct a field expedition aboard the RV Nathaniel Palmer in November and December along the West Antarctic Peninsula. The team after almost a month in quarantine was able to anchor a great field season spanning […]


Exciting research published!

Heather Kim (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) published a new modeling manuscript in the Journal of Biogeosciences.  Her manuscript titled “Modeling polar marine ecosystem functions guided by bacterial physiological and taxonomic traits.” She used a novel data assimilation numerical model to examine the dynamics between bacterial traits and ecosystem dynamics along the West Antarctic Peninsula.  The […]

Congratulations to Schuyler Nardelli (Rutgers University) for completing her PhD

Her thesis was focused on understanding ecosystem dynamics in the West Antarctic Peninsula. Her thesis focused on the physical drivers of phytoplankton productivity and diversity, its relationship to the seasonal phenology in Antarctic krill dynamics, and the role in penguin foraging. Her thesis used a variety of technologies to provide unprecedented detailed insights into marine […]

Congratulations to PAL LTER leader Scott Doney (University of Virginia) who was named a Fellow for the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

This honor was initiated in 2015 to honor ASLO members who have advanced the aquatic sciences via their exceptional contributions to the benefit of the society and its publications, meetings, and other activities.  The commitment and service of these individuals to ASLO have enabled our society to advance the sciences of limnology and oceanography.