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.
Thanks to additional NSF support, the 2016 expedition was accompanied by cinematographer Matt Koshmrl, who skillfully documented our field season through video and still photography. The hundreds of hours of footage that Koshmrl obtained are forming the basis for educational films that will be available at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The University of Texas at Austin, and online. See some of Koshmrl’s footage in the video below, which stars AP3 faculty associate Steve Salisbury and principal investigator Matt Lamanna.