|Snow petrels, the subject of Frederique Olivier's three-year-long study, live amongst the pack ice during Antarctica's harsh winter. Image: Frederique Olivier|
The ocean is much calmer now that we are in the sheltered waters of the pack ice. I almost miss the rough and tumble of the open water. I’m sure some of the seasickness victims would disagree with me!
Today, I talked with Dr Frederique Olivier while the Aurora was crunching its way through pack
ice. The site of our interview — 60° south, snow petrel territory — is fitting. Fred’s main research interest is studying the nesting sites of these pure white birds that look like pieces of ice come to life.