|Science in a penguin rookery|
|The Oden: icebreaker and research vessel|
There are also oceanographers who study ocean biogeochemistry and the movement of ocean water (circulation) around the polar region, which has an important role in understanding climate change.
Glaciologists study the composition and dynamics of the glaciers and ice sheets in the Antarctic and Arctic, where most of the planet's fresh water is stored. Many of them study climate change through the ice record.
|Stream geochemists at work.|
There are astronomers who work in Antarctica using telescopes or collecting meteorites, some even using it as a proxy for Mars. Atmospheric scientists study ozone and air quality, and physicists study subatomic particles.
|Tools for LIDAR imagery|
Click on any of the links in this paragraph to learn about that type of research. There are tons of things you can study in polar regions!
What do you have to do to become a polar scientist? Most polar scientists have college and graduate degrees (a masters degree and/or Ph.D.) in their particular field of science. (Or, they're students currently working towards achieving those degrees.) I went to college and earned a bachelors degree in biology, then went to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in ecology/biogeochemistry. If you want to become a polar scientist, it will involve working very hard in (and enjoying!) a lot of science classes. There are probably two basic characteristics that are true of every professional scientist: they're incredibly curious and willing to work very hard. Polar scientists also have an itch for adventure. The reward is that we get to make a career out of exploration to find answers to all of our questions!