Science center on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon Photo

Onboard Science Program

Our Science Program has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Our expedition ships serve as the perfect platform for scientific research; With access to remote regions of the world and on-board experts, we can provide invaluable data to the scientific community - with the help of our guests!

We invite our guests to participate in science activities, developing a greater understanding of the region in which they travel, becoming true ambassadors, and returning home to champion the protection of our planet's most fragile ecosystems.

The core of the Citizen Science programs

  • Delivery of our own lecture program.
  • Interacting with guests in our science centers to reinforce the lecture program with practical hands-on guest experiences.
  • Citizen science program involving guests in programs for third-party organizations.
  • Carrying scientific equipment for sample collection on behalf of research institutes.
  • Hosting scientific personnel on board to conduct collaborative science programs.

Examples of Scientific Research Onboard

  1. Seabird Distribution with the Antarctic Site Inventory—Surveys throughout the Antarctic Peninsula help scientists understand how seabirds are using different habitats and provide valuable information about their life cycles.
  2. Cloud Observations with the Globe Program—By observing and recording cloud cover timed to NASA satellite fly-overs, guests can help scientists understand how surface and air temperature are affected by cloud cover, and how clouds will respond to a changing climate.
  3. Happywhale—We assist in tracking individual whales throughout our world’s oceans by harnessing the power of whale watching enthusiasts - our guests - expanding our scientific knowledge of their behavior and distribution. 
  4. Sea Leopard Project—A non-profit study aimed at a better understanding of the behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of Leopard Seals on the Antarctic Peninsula to promote their conservation and safe human-seal interactions.
  5. Fjord Phyto—Study phytoplankton to better understand how they respond to water temperature changes in the polar regions, providing a key to help mitigate future environmental impacts. 

Photo: Agurtxane Concellon, Genna Roland and Oscar Farrera

Webinar: Science Program

Our Science Program has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to. 

In this webinar you can learn more about:

  • What the Science Program is about 
  • Learning from the experts on board
  • Facilities, equipment and activities
  • Citizen Science research projects- and how you can contribute

Speaker: Verena Meraldi

Verena Meraldi

Biologist and Chief Scientist Mexico

Verena was born in Mexico City. She studied at the National University (UNAM) and received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2002.

Verena has been traveling to Antarctica since 2007 and in the northern hemisphere (to Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island, Orkney Island) since 2014.

As a Chief Scientist, Verena talks with lead scientists to have them on our ships so they can do their research and engage with our guests. She is always looking for new collaborations that will enhance our guests experiences while traveling with us.