Team protist headed out the field to our first sampling lake, Lake Fryxell. During the season, we will samples four ice-covered lakes: Fryxell, East Bonney, West Bonney, and Vanda. We have permanent camps on the shores of Fryxell and Bonney, and will take a day trip to Lake Vanda (for more information see Megan Sharett's blog on Ice-covered lakes, and compare with the subglacial lake, Lake Vostoc, by Alex Lachapelle)
Our internal gear for the field: personal gear, sampling coolers, instruments, even a 20 L liquid nitrogen dewar for preserving samples for molecular biology. On large helicopters, a helo technician helps us load gear.
Whew! Just enough room for the scientists!
A "hot unload" on the shores of Lake Fryxell. The pilots prefer not to shut down the helicopters when we're loading and unloading gear.
Much of our field gear can be shipped in white helo boxes. Dr. Morgan-Kiss hooks our helo box line to a hovering 212 helicopter.