Expedition Report: Estefanía Rodríguez in Antarctica
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The American Museum of Natural History has approximately 200 working scientists who undertake more than 100 expeditions a year, doing original research and expanding the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. The Expeditions Report podcast series offers an insider’s look at what it’s like to live and work in the field. Academic pursuits combine with adventure—whether racing against the cold in Antarctica, scouting reclusive snakes in Madagascar, or keeping one step ahead of the chainsaws in the rainforest.
In this edition, Assistant Curator Estefanía Rodríguez travels to Antarctica to study sea anemones on a ship that serves as a floating field station – and, on which, sometimes getting there is half the adventure.
Dr. Rodríguez studies the diversity and evolutionary history of sea anemones, primarily those that are found in deep waters. She uses her studies in taxonomy to build an understanding of the ecology of sea anemones, and how they got to such harsh environments as Antarctica in the first place.
To learn more about Dr. Rodríguez's research, read this blog post about the discovery of a deep-water anemone impostor.