March 24, 2018

During the last austral summer (January/February 2018) we carried out an expedition to the Antarctic.

Michał Ronikier and Tomasz Suchan, together with Mariusz Wierzgoń from the University of Silesia, conducted field works in the framework of the ongoing Antarctic phylogeography project aiming at sampling fresh moss and soil samples for molecular analyses. The expedition team visited several spots from the Antarctic Peninsula to the South Shetland Islands, spending most of the time in the H. Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station on the King George Island. The expedition and experiencing the Antarctic nature and landscape was a truly fascinating adventure for all of us.

Our sincere thanks are due to Prof. R. Ochyra, co-leader of the project and author of The Moss Flora of King George Island, Antarctica, for his valuable advice and guidelines, and to the crew of the Arctowski Station, for their support and friendliness. We would also like to acknowledge the logistic support provided by the staff of Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH).

Have a look at the post on the Facebook page of the H. Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station related to our visit there.

Here you can find more information on the Antarctic research project.