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MEET DR. JO-ANN MELLISH

Animal Physiologist at the Alaska SeaLife Center and Research Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Mellish working on a seal

WHAT SHE STUDIES:

- Marine mammal energetics

- Animal physiology

- Thermoregulation

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Animal Physiology

B.S. Biology

HOMETOWN:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

WHY IS TEAMWORK ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WHILE WORKING IN ANTARCTICA? "We're working together not just to get the science done but to keep each other safe. It's fieldwork that we do on a routine basis, but we're in the Antarctic and you really are taking your life in your hands every time you go out on the sea ice. We really care about each other. And we're there, number one, to look out for one another and then, number two, to get the science done."

 

Dr. Jo-Ann Mellish describes what she loves about working as a scientist in Antarctica. (1:18)

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WHO IS STUDYING SEALS?

Meet Jo-Ann Mellish
Meet Markus Horning
Meet Allyson Hindle
Meet John Skinner

Antarctic map