For Antarctica history buffs, birders, photographers, and lovers of wilderness areas, making the voyage to the earth’s southernmost reaches is definitely one of life’s highlights. And adding the beautiful Falkland Islands and South Georgia to a visit to the Antarctic peninsula makes the expedition all the richer. During the height of the austral summer, January 13 – February 3, 2012, this voyage is ideally scheduled for rich exploration.
From Ushuaia, cruise aboard the Clipper Odyssey toward the beautiful Falkland Islands and their extensive populations of rockhopper, gentoo, and Magellanic penguins, as well as the regal black-browed albatross. Then cruise to South Georgia, made famous by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. During your three days here, observe the largest concentration of wildlife anywhere in the world. Walk beaches covered with elephant and fur seals and watch penguins tending to their chicks. The rocky shores and pristine coves harbor thousands of king penguins, the second-largest and perhaps the most beautiful of all penguin species—a photographer’s dream. South Georgia is also home to gentoo, chinstrap, and macaroni penguins, and four types of albatross, including the majestic wandering albatross.
During five days of expeditionary landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjoining islands you explore remote areas not possible on shorter visits. Here towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes; Weddell, leopard, and crabeater seals; Adelie and chinstrap penguins; and a bewitching landscape that defies imagination—create impressions that will last a lifetime.
Please note: Princeton Journeys participants will be joined by other like-minded travelers on this voyage.
About the Study Leader
Michael D. Lemonick, Lecturer in Astrophysical Sciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, will serve as study leader for this program. Michael Lemonick was a senior science writer at TIME magazine for more than 20 years, during which he wrote more than 50 cover stories about science and the environment, including pieces on the Exxon Valdez oil spill; humanity's impact on the ecosystems of the Antarctic; the Antarctic ozone hole; and three cover stories on climate change. Since leaving the magazine, he has completed his fourth book and written on a freelance basis for National Geographic, Scientific American, New Scientist and Wired magazines. He has taught at Princeton since 1998, offering courses in science journalism, environmental journalism, and several science-related courses in the Freshman Seminar program. He has also taught as an adjunct at Johns Hopkins, NYU and Columbia; served on the faculty of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshops; and served as science writer in residence at the universities of Tennessee and Wisconsin. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Princeton's Department of Astrophysical Sciences. In June of 2008, he joined the staff of Climate Central, a newly formed climate-change think tank based in Princeton.
Lemonick, who holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and a Master of Science in Journalism degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, has previously served as study leader for Princeton Journeys programs in the high Arctic. During the 2012 Antarctic journey, he intends to speak on the scientific basis for the claims of global warming and the role of the media in the public discourse on climate change.