Plants, such as moss, are protected in Antarctica (among many things). Apparently, Skuas have an utter disregard for moss as they simply walk on them and even use moss plugs as material for their nests. Meanwhile, Sara and I avoid stepping on moss on Litchfield Island by carefully balancing on rock, while trying to avoid the lichen. Two skuas observed us from the same spot throughout our work at Litchfield (we are probably their entertainment!).
12/13/2022 08:11:28 pm
i can tell I am a true TEXAN;
natasja van gestel
12/14/2022 08:24:45 am
Thanks Jerry. Surprisingly, temperature-wise, austral summers on the Antarctic Peninsula are similar to early mornings on cold days in wintry Texas (the Peninsula is the warmest part of Antarctica).
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Growing up watching nature documentaries, I find myself now immersed in nature's splendor. As an ecologist I study how ecosystems function. Here I share with you my love of doing research in Antarctica - a place of sheer beauty