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Friends of Shades Creek October Presentation

October 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


October 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Friends of Shades Creek
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Friends of Shades Creek’s October meeting (10/12 at 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.) will feature Maggie Amsler, Research Associate, UAB Department of Biology, presenting on her work from over thirty trips to Antarctica!

In 2017, Amsler was on one of the first-ever cruises using manned submersibles to document sea floor communities in Antarctica. It is likely that she became the first woman ever to make a submersible dive there. In 2021, Maggie’s adventurous scientific spirit was recognized by The Explorers Club naming her to the inaugural EC50 cohort – “Fifty people the world should know about”. Maggie has been author or co-author with her polar colleagues on over 50 publications. In recognition of her zeal to share science with the professional community and lay community alike through numerous outreach efforts, in 2022 Amsler was named a Sigma Xi Fellow. She has studied the chemical defenses of marine plants and animals, the impacts of ocean acidification on calcifying organisms and the distribution of deep sea crabs that may be invading shallow waters as a consequence of ocean warming. Most of Maggie’s Antarctic fieldwork has involved scuba diving. She has logged over 500 dives in the icy waters studying krill, chemical ecology, and ocean acidification.

Climatic changes along the Antarctic Peninsula are clearly evident with the lack of snow on the glacier coupled with a rapidly receding, vanishing glacier. Skiing and even nightly camping have become sporadic due to warmer air temperatures and moisture conditions. Dramatic changes aside, without hesitation, Maggie exclaims “Antarctica’s terrestrial and marine environments are simply amazing to experience and continue to fascinate me. I can’t wait to return!”


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Meeting ID: 822 7640 1690
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