We invite you to join Dartmouth Professor of Environmental Science Ross Virginia and a team of Dartmouth students on an expedition cruise to Antarctica. As we navigate some of the Earth’s southernmost straits and islands, we’ll have the chance to encounter Antarctica’s penguins, seals, and whales in abundance. Zodiacs and sea kayaks will allow us to get up-close and personal with the continent.
We will journey aboard a well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment. This refurbished vessel offers a superb guest experience with an expansive choice of cabin categories, large cabins and common areas, a sundeck and observation area, plenty of deck space for polar landscape viewing, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel throughout.
Professor Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, Professor of Environmental Science and the Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies within the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Growing up in snowy Syracuse, New York, Dr. Virginia read fervently about the race to the South pole. Today, he studies human influences on biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial systems and has participated in analysis of critical issues facing the Arctic and its inhabitants as a result of climate change. His current research focuses on carbon and nutrient cycling in the tundra ecosystems of western Greenland and the polar deserts of Antarctica. In his role as Co-Director of the University of the Arctic Institute of Arctic Policy, and in conjunction with Dartmouth College, Professor Virginia has established an exchange program for Greenlandic students and secured grants to design a program of collaboration between scientists and engineers around polar environmental change while incorporating fieldwork and policy studies in Greenland. In Antarctica, a portion of the McMurdo Dry Valleys has been renamed “Virginia Valley,” honoring his lifelong efforts in conducting long-term ecological research. In October 2014, Professor Virginia was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished lead scholars of the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Check out some of his work here.