Chris Smaill (a physics teacher from Rangitoto College) and Fiona Cottam (an English teacher from Diocesan School ) will be visiting Antarctica in the 2001-2002 season as field assistants with a University of Auckland science research programme led by Dr John Macdonald (University of Auckland).
Dr Macdonaldís team, known as science event K012, will focus on catching, tagging and releasing one of the most common fish species, Trematomus bernacchii, to determine the size of populations at different localities in the vicinity of McMurdo Sound.† As ancillary projects, Dr Mary Sewell (University of Auckland) will be sampling planktonic larvae, and a research student Jocasta Anderson will be monitoring activity rhythms of fish using an underwater video camera.
Chris and Fiona will be involved in all aspects of K012ís activities in Antarctica.† Click here to view emails from Chris and Fiona while they are on the ice and use the worksheets that follow and to learn more about the seventh continent.† Although the worksheets have been prepared by Chris and Fiona for use in secondary schools in New Zealand, the information provided within them is widely applicable to other educational situations.
Event K012, November Ė December 2001.
Dr John Macdonald, Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.
John, the team leader, has been involved with Antarctic biology since 1963. His research interests are centred on Antarctic fish, their adaptations to life in sub-zero degree temperature water, and their evolution, diversity and abundance.
Dr Mary Sewell, Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland
Mr Mike Taler, Senior Lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology.
Jocasta Anderson, MSc student at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.
Chris Smaill, Head of Physics at Rangitoto College, Auckland.
Fiona Cottam, Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland
primarily a field group, working on the sea ice well away from Scott Base (1-2
days travel by a motorised toboggan towing sledges!). The groupís main activity
will involve catching, tagging and releasing one of the most common fish
species, Trematomus bernacchii, to determine the size of local
populations at 'typical' localities in the vicinity of McMurdo Sound. As
ancillary projects, Mary Sewell will be sampling planktonic larvae, and Jocasta
Anderson will be monitoring activity rhythms of fish using an underwater video
camera. Hopefully there will be some opportunity to include some
interesting local sight-seeing as well.
16 November: †††††††Fly from Christchurch, New Zealand to the ice runway off Ross Island.
to Scott Base.
17-18 November:††Antarctic Field Training course for all first-timers to Antarctica.† The old
pack the sledges.
5 persons and 3 sledges
leave Scott Base en route to Cape Roberts.
20 November: We arrive at Cape Roberts in the late afternoon where we have the use of 2 huts.
We also pitch some tents for our use.
21 November: We drill
holes, start fishing and sampling. This continues for 12 days.
3 December: We leave Cape Roberts en route to Scott Base.
4 December: We arrive back at Scott Base and take showers.
5 December: Fiona Cottam trades places with Chris Smaill, who returns to Christchurch, New Zealand.
The others re-provision the sledges for more research, this time at Cape Evans.
17 December: Back to Scott Base to prepare for the return to New Zealand.
December: The team flies back to
Christchurch, New Zealand
Antarctic Worksheets for Secondary Schools
Antarctica New Zealand is offering opportunities for educators to visit Antarctica for up to two weeks .
close 1 March each year.† For further
information visit the Antarctica New Zealand web site (http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz)