Research Teams

 

2009-10 Expedition

 

 

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. (Read more about Dr. Lee here.) This is is sixth trip to Antarctica.

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David Denlinger, Ph.D.

is a Distinguished University Professor in 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 third trip to Antarctica.

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Nick Teets, B.S.

is a Ph.D. student in David Delinger's lab at Ohio State University, and he previously worked for Dr. Lee as an undergraduate at Miami University. His dissertation research focuses on the role of calcium signaling during cellular cold sensing in both freeze-tolerant and freeze-susceptible insects. This is his first trip to Antarctica.

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Yuta Kawarasaki, B.A.

is an M.S. student in Richard Lee's lab at Miami University. Originally from Japan, Yuta earned his B.A. in Biology from Ottawa University, Kansas, where he became passionate about exploring the complexity in nature. Currently, his research focuses on molecular/physiological adaptation of insects to winter stresses. This is his first trip to Antarctica. Please click here to read Yuta and Juanita’s Antarctic blog.

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Juanita Constible, M.S.

is a Technical Analyst with National Wildlife Federation’s coastal Louisiana program. She was trained as a wildlife biologist and has studied frogs, bison, feral pigs, and many other animals and plants. This is her first trip to Antarctica—although she has visited the continent many times in her dreams. Please click here to read Juanita and Yuta’s Antarctic blog.

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Molly Steinwald, M.S.

is a PhD candidate co-advised by Richard Lee and John Bailer (Statistics) at Miami University, studying the effect of photographic imagery on people's environmental attitudes. She has broad teaching and research experience in biology and is an internationally award-winning photographer. Though not with the team in Antarctica, she is coordinating from Miami the team's use of photography, particularly the Gigapan camera robot, for science educational outreach. Learn more about Molly here.

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