Show Notes – ICEBERGS

In this episode Ethan and Ben talk to Dr. Alejandro Roman Gonzalez about ICEBERGS, a research voyage aboard the RRS James Clark Ross to the West Antarctic Peninsula. Alejandro is part of a team of scientists, technicians and crew that are collecting data to help understand how marine life in this region is responding and adapting to climate change.



Take a look some of Alejandro’s stunning images from the first expedition. You can see these, and more on his photoblog.



At the time of writing, they are currently mid-voyage on their second of three annual expeditions. Luckily for us, this means there’s already plenty to look at from the first expedition in the winter of 2017/18. Below we have linked articles from the official ICEBERGS blog, be sure to check back there for more in the future!



Some of the key locations for the voyage.



Some background on ICEBERGS and the West Antarctic Peninsula.


Crossing the Drake Passage

Recounting the voyage across one of the roughest seas on Earth.





Sunset over the pancake ice at Marguerite Bay.

Sea ice!

Something the team had to contend with on a regular basis.

Borgen Bay

An update from a stunning location.


Read about some of the techniques employed by the team in the following articles:

Mud, mud, glorious mud!


Grabbing for mud

Antarctic Plankton Pigments




Some more of Alejandro’s fantastic photographs from the 2017/18 expedition. You can see these, and more on his photoblog.



Underwater photographs from the 2017-18 voyage.



About our guest: Dr. Alejandro Roman Gonzalez 

Alejandro is a Research at the University of Exeter, his research focuses on the use of Antarctic coastal mollusc bivalves as recorders of climate variability in marine ecosystems, otherwise known as Sclerochronology (you might remember Paul Butler talking about this in a previous episode). Alongside his academic work, Alejandro is also a talented landscape and nature photography (which is evident as he’s provided all the fantastic  photos for these show notes). Be sure to check out his photoblog.




Useful Links

You can take a virtual tour of the RRS James Clark Ross here

Find out about the British Antarctic Survey here.

You can follow the ICEBERGS team on twitter – @ICEBERGS_JCR.

Take a look at Alejandro’s photoblog here.

Find the latest ICEBERGS blog here.



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Episode and show notes produced by Ben Toulson and Ethan Wrigglesworth

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