Working on Thin Ice

Celebrate 25 years of ecosystem research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Earth’s most extreme continent. Photographs spanning the history of NOAA’s U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program—of scientists at work and the wildlife they study—are on display alongside retired research gear and real Antarctic zooplankton specimens.

The U.S. AMLR Program operates out of the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, located in La Jolla. Each year, scientists travel from sunny California to the coldest, driest, windiest continent on the planet in order to better understand the Antarctic ecosystem and how human activity is affecting its denizens.

The photographs on exhibit were taken and donated by Antarctic scientists. They capture breathtaking landscapes, up-close interactions with Antarctic predators and their young, scientists at work, and startling evidence of change over time. A photographic library containing more than one thousand images can be seen at .

The exhibition was developed by NOAA Fisheries Service scientists in collaboration with the San Diego Natural History Museum. Learn more about  NOAA’s Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program .

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