Richard E. Lee, Jr., Ph.D.
is a Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Miami University in Ohio. His research program focuses on ecological and physiological adaptations of insects, frogs, and turtles to low temperature and winter. He is also involved in several programs that provide professional development for K-12 teachers. This is his fifth trip to Antarctica.
is Chair of the Department of Entomology at Ohio State University. His research program focuses on molecular and physiological regulation of insect dormancy (diapause) and cold hardiness. This is his second trip to Antarctica.
Michael Elnitsky, M.S.
is a Ph.D. candidate in Richard Lee's lab at Miami University. His dissertation work is on the cold hardiness and related stresses of the Antarctic midge, Belgica antarctica. More specifically, his research interests include the molecular and physiological response to freezing, desiccation and osmotic stress. This is his second trip to Antarctica.
is a graduate student in David Denlinger's lab at The Ohio State University. Josh is working on how mosquitoes can tolerate overwinter conditions, in particular the molecular basis of dehydration tolerance. This is his second trip to Antarctica.
has been a high school science teacher since he graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. Since 1996, he has been teaching at the Cincinnati Zoo Academy, where juniors and seniors take intense college preparatory classes and spend two hours every day working with the keepers at the Zoo. Since 1997, he has taught a summer course in Miami University's MAT program called Using Animals in the Classroom. This is his first trip to Antartica.