We're back from Taylor Glacier! After an incredibly successful and fun season, I am glad to be back home in Rochester. The last few weeks are marked by the bittersweet emotions of leaving Antarctica and saying "see you later" to our great field family. After parting ways, Peter and I headed to Wellington where we were able to spend time with our amazing New Zealand family & friends. Time in our old stomping grounds was a great way to transition back to life after field work. Once back in the U.S. we had a whirlwind trip in Wisconsin to collect our sweet dog, Kuna. Reunited, we drove back to Rochester, NY. Upon our return I even managed to squeeze in a trip to Long Island and a visit to Memphis to celebrate my grandmothers 90th birthday! Our recent travel itinerary, which includes helicopters, C-130 Hercules cargo planes and a few Airbuses, was quite a way to start off 2016!
I will end this three-week whirlwind with a visit to Naples, FL. Then, in a month, it is time to pack our bags to head to Hobart, Tasmania for the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Open Science Conference. The whole University of Rochester crew, and many of the Taylor Glacier field team will be there. I will be presenting a poster on my research from New Zealand and will be running a workshop session on science communication.
Time to rest up and recover before the traveling begins again.
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Heidi A. Roop
Scientist. Educator. Communicator.