That week my chemistry students met a very popular American scientist who is researching in the Antarctica every year from November until January during the breeding session of the Adeli penguines: Jean Pennycook. We set up this meeting for the third time now. And the whole session was a great success, as the years before.
During the second phase the students got more information by their chemistry teacher. Jean chosed a certain nest from her penguine colony and started to document the progress of breeding by taking pictures on a regular basis. The students always had a direct view into every day life of these climate change bio- indicator birds.
She invited the students to help her doing her official scientific research - from the distance.
The students had prepared a lot of questions they gathered throughout the last months concerning her person, about penguines, about the influence of climate change to these birds.
|The common students' group and their flag|
|They did the preparations of the flag.|
She will give the flag to the American McMurdo research station in the Antarctica where the flag will run up for 24 hours again.
She will send this unique flag back to Germany finally.
Of course, the German kids wanted to know how she will celebrate Christmas very far from everything. And she gave them all information what she kept in mind celebrating Christmas next to 200 birds and no men.Including these two little penguines in her hand, dressed as Santa Claus'.
These are some pics from the distant location:
|Charles and Ellis|
Thanks you very much, Jean Pennycook, for the wonderful support and this nice view into your work and into a researcher's life far from civilisation.