A visit to Antarctica is a visit to the very ends of the earth. This land of glittering ice, majestic peaks, and dazzling beauty is a haven for migratory birds, whales, seals, and other marine mammals who come each summer to feast in is food-rich coastal waters. We will be visiting during the Antarctic summer (our winter) when temperatures are mild, generally hovering just above freezing.
Your UNLV expedition leaders both have extensive experience in the Antarctic. UNLV geologist Margaret Rees, Ph.D. was funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct geological research in the Transantarctic Mountains for 8 field seasons. For her research and service she was awarded the US Congressional Polar Medal for Scientific Service in Antarctica and an Antarctic mountain was named in her honor.
Nevada artist and naturalist Sharon K. Schafer has worked extensively in the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Islands as an artist-in-residence, photographer, and videographer. Her paintings and photographs of the Antarctic region have been exhibited in museums across the country.