The FjordPhyto collaboration between scientists, tour operators, polar guides, and passengers all started with an email and a serendipitous rendez-vous in the Antarctic.
- 2015, May – First email contact between polar guides at Polar Latitudes and FjordEco researchers.
- 2015, Dec – Serendipitous rendez-vous in the Antarctic.
- 2016, Feb/March – First trial sampling season of FjordPhyto (Polar Latitudes).
- 2016, Fall – Graduate student Allison Lee joins forces with Dr. Maria Vernet to contribute to Master’s Capstone and PhD Thesis.
- 2016 – 2017 – Second sampling season of FjordPhyto (Polar Latitudes, G Adventures).
- 2017, March – FjordPhyto citizen science concept presented at GRC: Polar Marine Science conference, California.
- 2017, May – FjordPhyto introduced at the Citizen Science Association Conference, Minnesota.
- 2017, June – Full FjordPhyto sampling plan developed. Allison receives her Master’s degree in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
- 2017, Sept – FjordPhyto receives launch support from National Science Foundation Public Participation in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Research (PPSR). Allison begins the PhD program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
- 2017, Oct – FjordPhyto trained personnel at AECO/IAATO Polar Field Guide Staff conference, Iceland.
- 2017 – 2018 – Sampling season of FjordPhyto (Polar Latitudes, G Adventures, ANTARCTICA XXI, Hanse Explorer, Lindblad Expeditions, Quixote Expeditions).
- 2017 – 2018 – Allison joins ANTARCTICA XXI as Guest Scientist to meet passengers, improve FjordPhyto logistics, and learn more about the region. Allison collects additional samples for her PhD thesis.
- 2018, Spring – FjordPhyto samples begin to be processed and analyzed.
- 2018, May – FjordPhyto presented at Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) International Online Conference.
- 2018, June – FjordPhyto presents at POLAR 2018 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference, Switzerland.
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This project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation Public Participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) STEM Research (PPSR) extension to NSF award # PLR-1443705.