Paleontology and Antarctic research are scientific disciplines that typically generate extraordinary levels of public interest. Because the AP3 resides at the nexus of these fields, we believe that our project holds exceptional potential to achieve impacts that extend beyond its scientific objectives. Moreover, there is an acute need for scientific literacy, particularly with regard to evolution, environmental change, and deep time. Consequently, we view educational outreach as a vital outcome of our research. AP3 members are committed to communicating project discoveries to as broad an audience as possible. We’re doing so through a variety of channels, including Twitter, our blog, teacher training programs, public presentations, and popular media. Furthermore, research conducted during the course of our project has formed the basis for multiple graduate student training opportunities, including student-led analyses and research assistantships at Ohio University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Although we study extinct species, over the course of our expeditions, we at the AP3 have become captivated by the modern Antarctic environment and its variety of extraordinary living animals. Here, we share a few of our photos of Antarctic wildlife in the hope that they will help to inspire the same fascination in others.
All photos in this gallery were taken by AP3 team members during our expeditions, particularly Pat O’Connor in 2009 and Meng Jin in 2011. They may take a bit to load, but we think they’re worth the wait!