DescriptionAntarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest continent on the planet and home to some of the most interesting creatures known to science, yet it remains one of the least-explored places in the world. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, our fifth-largest continent has no permanent human residents. So why should we care about Antarctic ecology?
This course will illustrate how—no matter the distance—everyone on earth is inextricably connected to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Through visual presentations and discussions, researcher Michelle LaRue will take participants on an educational tour of Antarctica’s geography, geological history, and the evolutionary ecology of the animals in the Southern Ocean. (What changes are happening in the Antarctic environment?)
She also will detail how research is conducted on vertebrates, what we know about their life histories, and what these discoveries mean to humans. (How do Antarctic animals survive the frigid climate?)
Finally, LaRue will discuss the broad ecology of penguins—focusing on the two “true” Antarctic penguins, the Adélie and the Emperor—and what they teach us about the health of the ocean. (How are Antarctic species impacted by environmental change?)
Michelle LaRue, PhD, University of Minnesota, is a research associate in the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Earth Sciences. A former fellow of the College of Science and Engineering’s Polar Geospatial Center, LaRue has made six trips to Antarctica as part of an international team studying human impact on penguin and seal populations. From penguins near the South Pole to cougars in the Midwest, her work has been featured in media outlets such as NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and Scientific American.
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