Melinda Waterman

Melinda Waterman

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:34

Can your research have the X factor?

Sharon gave a well-received presentation on ‘Getting published’ to the Facultad de Química y Biología, USACH last week. She provided information on the submission and reviewing processes of scientific publications drawing on from her experience as an editor for Global Change Biology.

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:33

A 'reunion' with Angélica in Santiago

Sharon and I were lucky to have Angélica Casanova-Katny travel from Concepción to visit us, Gustavo and his research group at USACH on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both of us, Marisol and Rodrigo gave research talks during which Angélica contributed some interesting comparisons with her expertise on Antarctic plants on King George Island.

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:33

Lab celebrations: Chilean style

On the morning of our second day in Santiago (5th November) we were kindly escorted to the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) by Marisol. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Gustavo and attended a final examination seminar (en espanol) by one of Gustavo’s research undergraduate students, 'little' Rodrigo. Sharon and I were quite proud of how much we understood of his interesting seminar on the salt stress on an Antarctic grass, Deschampsia antarctica.

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:32

A deceptive island

On the 31st January, multiple helicopter rides transferred us and our camping gear from the beach on Byers Peninsula back on to the Aquiles before heading to our next same-day destination, Deception Island. Another helicopter ride dropped us off to Gabriel de Castilla, the Spanish base on the active volcanic island.

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:32

Camping in 'Tropical Antarctica'

Now that I have settled in back home, sifted through my photos and have good internet access I can tell you about the next part of the Antarctic trip. After Sharon, Andrew and Sarah departed King George Island by plane, the remaining members of the moss team patiently awaited our transport to our next leg in the trip, the Aquiles, a ship from the Chilean Navy fleet.

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:32

The 'Mossome' Antarctic

Since my arrival on King George Island, I have been sciencing-away making the most of the opportunities to collect samples, learn new moss species, perform experiments and set up new ones. It has been exciting to meet with new collaborators and make new contacts in Antarctic science.

Friday, 23 September 2016 17:31

Boarding flight DAP402 to Antarctica

On Tuesday 6th Jan, I arrived on King George Island, Antarctica by plane! After much organisation over the past few months and a long journey to Punta Arenas, Chile I am finally here.

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