Alison Cleary

Alison in snowshoe raceing outfit

Alison at a snowshoe race in New Hampshire

In Wilhelmina Bay

On our winter cruise in Wilhelmina Bay

During our field work in Antarctica, I was a PhD student at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. My research focuses on krill feeding, using DNA in their stomach contents. By comparing the DNA sequences I find in the krill stomachs with sequences of plants and animals in the water I can tell which things the krill ate. It’s sort of like if you ate some spaghetti and meatballs, and then I sequenced the DNA of everything in your stomach I would find sequences which match wheat, tomato, garlic, onion and cow. As a MS student I studied krill feeding in the Gulf of Maine, in the North Atlantic, and developed the methods I will be using here in the Antarctic. When I’m not doing research I love to run, especially along trails, and I’ve finished a few ultramarathons.  I’m originally from California, and studied at the University of California San Diego as an undergraduate. While a student at UCSD I went to Antarctica to help with research on phytoplankton, microscopic plants, and fell in love with the frozen continent.  Now I’m working at the other end of the world, as a postdoc in the Arctic – you can follow those adventures on Alison’s personal blog.

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  1. Pingback: Come hear about krill in person! | S.T.R.E.S.

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