Secretary of State John Kerry visited McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on Nov. 11 to speak with polar researchers whose work is supported by the National Science Foundation.
During the visit, Kerry met with a team of Alaska scientists, led by UAA’s Jennifer Burns, who are studying Weddell seals in Erebus Bay. The team’s four-year study aims to determine how climate change is affecting the mammals’ life cycles, specifically their breeding and molting patterns. The research team is collecting data on hormone levels, diving patterns, body mass and speed of fur regeneration. Funded by a National Science Foundation research grant, the project also includes a strong education and outreach component.
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