book! book! book!

Fantastic photographer Chris Linder has a new photography book, Science on Ice, about four expeditions to the cold and icy parts of our planet. Including one to the Bering Sea. Sound familiar? That’s right, it’s the expedition I went on.

I wrote a chapter about Chris’s and my Bering Sea expedition. Hugh Powell wrote about Adélie penguins in Antarctica, Lonny Lippsett wrote about exploring the Arctic floor from an icebreaker, and Amy Nevala wrote about Greenland’s glaciers. Of course, Chris’s fantastic photos fill the book.

It’s been fun revisiting my memories of the Bering Sea in the last few days, since my copy arrived. I also answered some questions by e-mail for this nice item about it…and went on much too long. I just kept remembering all these lovely details about the trip. It was a great experience.

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4 Responses to book! book! book!

  1. Bob Gustafson says:

    I have read three-fourths of “Science on Ice”. It is a great book, made up of at least three great pieces. One question that I had when I finished your piece was “What do people earn for doing this kind of work?” Do you know?
    I am guessing that the eighty U.S. Coast Guard crew members received ordinary pay checks, the same as the would have received had they been working near the shores of the more temperate states.
    That leaves you and the forty-one others. Do people from Woods Hole and Lamont Doherty and Scripps get ordinary paychecks like members of the Coast Guard? If so, how much do they earn? Ditto for university professors. Then there are graduate students. Do they earn anything, or are they doing this work just for the fun of it?
    What is the path between funding for a project like this and earnings for the scientists and engineers who do the work?
    Thanks for your time and attention.

  2. Helen says:

    Hi Bob – Thanks for the question, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book. I didn’t actually ask about this, but I think everyone just keeps making the same money they would be making if they were on shore. So grad students are supported by fellowships or their advisors’ funding, professors make a salary, lab technicians make a salary, etc. The great thing about being out there is your expenses are really low! I put my wallet in a drawer when I got on the ship and didn’t touch it for six weeks.

  3. Bob Gustafson says:

    I’ve finished the book. I gave “Science on Ice” five stars at

  4. Helen says:

    That’s great – thanks!