K–12 students invited to ‘Follow a Researcher’ to Antarctica

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will connect K–12 students in Maine and around the country to UMaine student researchers in the field as part of its Follow a Researcher® program.

The program, now in its fourth year, is designed to give students a glimpse into a student scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and facilitating communication between the youth and scientist. Follow a Researcher® is offered by UMaine Extension with support from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI) and the Maine 4-H Foundation.

Through Nov. 10, participants can watch Lynn Kaluzienski, a graduate student in UMaine’s School of Earth and Climate Sciences, conduct research in Antarctica.

Kaluzienski is a glaciologist, studying the formation, movement and effects of different types of glaciers, and will be conducting field research to better understand changes occurring in the ice shelves of Antarctica. Using the data she collects, Kaluzienski will develop a model to make predictions about the future of the ice shelves and their effect on sea level rise. Working with a team of scientists and engineers using satellite technology to measure ice movement, she will be mapping the harsh terrain hidden beneath the surface with the help of a robot.

Educators and students can join Kaluzienski and take part in the adventure by signing up to participate online. To request a disability accommodation, contact Jessica Brainerd at 581.3877, jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.