On November 29, the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ (MLML) Research Vessel Point Sur and its crew departed 8,200 miles south to assist the National Science Foundation (NSF) with its study of the Antarctic Peninsula. After increased interest in climate change impacts to the Antarctic continent, the NSF enlisted the help of MLML—a graduate program in marine science for CSU East Bay, Fresno, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Stanislaus—to analyze the habitat, chemistry, climate, biology, geology and physics of the Antarctic Peninsula around the U.S. base at Palmer Station. Research will focus on subtidal ecology, geology and the tagging and tracking of marine mammals.
Scheduled to return home in May 2013, R/V Point Sur plans to support additional science projects in Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico during its journey to and from Antarctica. Follow the ship’s path and read about the crew member’s adventures on the MLML Martine Operations’ website.