Oden Antarctic Expedition 07

What Are They Doing?

Lollie Garay journeyed across the world to participate in a unique co-operative endeavor between the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Along with researchers, teachers, and other personnel from Sweden, and the United States, Ms. Garay boarded the Swedish icebreaker Oden in Punta Arenas, Chile and traveled to McMurdo Base in Antarctica, finally returning home via Christchurch, New Zealand.

The scientific objectives of the cruise were to collect a range of data in rarely traveled areas of the Antarctic seas and coastline, including the Bellingshausen, Amundsen, and eastern Ross Seas. An international research team studied the oceanography and biogeochemistry of the region while in transit to Antarctica, with a particular emphasis on the processes that control the growth and fate of phytoplankton in the ocean. These studies added to our limited knowledge of these remote corners of the Antarctic Seas and allowed future researchers to expand their monitoring efforts in these regions.

Where Are They?

Ms. Garay boarded the Oden icebreaker in Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city in South America and then traveled across the southern Pacific Ocean to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest research station in Antarctica.

Expedition Map


PolarTREC teacher Lollie Garay is at it again! Instead of Antarctica, she's now in the Amazon and working with polar researcher, Patricia (Tish) Yager. Learn all about how the poles and the equator are connected in this exciting expedition here.
February 29, 2008 Cloud reflections in the Ross Sea *Clouds refelected off the Ross Sea * ** How do you begin to describe an experience that has taken you farther than you thought you were capable of going? The Oden Southern Ocean Expedition carried us 5000 miles from Punta Arenas, SA to McMurdo Station Antarctica. We left family, friends, and basically all human contact behind as we sailed off at the end of November. All of the madness and rush to get everything in order for this lengthy journey stayed on the shores as I watched the continent of South America disappear. We had left...
*He (Columbus)enjoyed long stretches of pure delight such as only a seaman may know, and moments of high exultation that only a discoverer can experience. **Rear Admiral **Samuel Eliot Morison* Captain Mattias on the bridge catwalk. January 18, 2008 Location: Home LAT: 29˚75 N Long: 95˚ 37 W Temp: 6˚ C Wind chill: 1˚ C I am home in Houston, having safely arrived this past weekend. As I traveled for long hours over the Pacific Ocean and the US, I reflected on the incredible experience that I was honored to be a part of. It will be some time before I can sort and organize all the...
The day began way too early! We had a small window of time beginning at 7am for breakfast and souvenir shopping! Then a hike for a tour of Scott’s Hut at 8am or a tour of the Aquarium (how much can we cram into a couple of hours???). As I was sitting at breakfast with Kelly Faulkner from NSF up walks Kirk Beckendorf, PolarTREC teacher studying weather here at McMurdo. We talked only briefly as I explained my time crunch, but took time for a quick photo. Two Texans in Antarctica Kirk and Lollie meet up in McMurdo!* By 11:30 we headed for the departure site to begin our ride in Ivan. When we...
Latitude: 77.57 S Longitude: 167.40 E Temperature: -3 degrees C Wind chill: -14 degrees C We were informed on the 6th to be ready to leave the Oden between the 7th and the 8th. Everyone went into overdrive! There was last minute packing, cleaning, laundry, etc. that went on almost until departure time. I will try to summarize the events that seemed to overlap the last 24-48 hours. The evening of the 5th we had celebrated the end of the expedition with an exquisite meal and lots of reminiscing about the voyage that has carried this group of 50 through the western seas of Antarctica. Jacob...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

24 November 2007 to 11 January 2008
Location: Icebreaker Oden
Project Funded Title: International Expedition to Antarctica aboard the Icebreaker Oden '07

Meet the Team

Lollie Garay's picture
Redd School
Houston, TX
United States

Lollie Garay teaches Integrated Earth/Space Science at the Redd school in Houston, Texas. Her educational mission is to get students, teachers, and the general public excited about learning by modeling a "can-do" attitude!

In 2007 Mrs. Garay spent 7 weeks in the Antarctic Seas conducting oceanographic studies with Dr. Tish Yager and an international research team through PolarTREC. Since then, she and Dr. Yager have teamed up on a joint global oceans study that will translate Dr. Yager’s carbon sequestration research into classroom activities and educational outreach.

She feels that her previous PolarTREC experience transformed her way of thinking and has opened up a whole new world of experiences for her students! By immersing students in real-life research and project-based learning, Mrs. Garay strives to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related careers, especially among under-represented groups. When she isn’t working on multiple projects, she and her husband Rey enjoy traveling, reading, and sharing new adventures!

Tish Yager's picture
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
United States

Dr. Patricia (Tish) Yager is an associate professor in marine sciences at the University of Georgia. Her expertise includes biological and chemical oceanography, marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. Her research focuses on the feedbacks between climate change and marine ecosystems. Her field research combines microbial ecology and community structure with inorganic carbon chemistry. She has spent several seasons working in Antarctica, and also studies microbial communities in the Amazon River. For the project in Barrow, Alaska, Tish will be the lead-PI responsible for project oversight, coordination, and synthesis. To learn more about Dr. Yager, please visit her [faculty biography page](http://www.marsci.uga.edu/directory/pyager.htm).

Robert Sherrell's picture
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
United States
Walker Smith's picture
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA
United States