Research Teams


2010-11 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 seventh trip to Antarctica.

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Pat Betteley, M.S., M.A.

teaches 6th-grade science and social studies at Perry Middle School in northeastern Ohio. She loves hiking, nature, and writing. Pat is anxious to work with a team of scientists in Antarctica, and then share her experiences with her team of scientists in Perry.... and beyond!.

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Nick Teets, B.S.

is a Ph.D. student in David Denlinger's lab at Ohio State University. He previously worked with Dr. Lee as an undergraduate researcher 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. Nick was a member of the research team during the 2009-10 expedition.

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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 second trip to Antarctica.

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Alena Kobelkova, M.S.

is a Ph.D. student in Vladimir Kostal`s and Ivo Sauman`s labs at University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic). Her dissertation research focuses on chronobiology in insects, in particular on dissection of molecular mechanisms underlying circadian clocks and photoperiodic calendar in lepidopteran and dipteran species. She will join David Denlinger`s lab at Ohio State University for her post-doc position. This is her first trip to Antarctica.

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