The Antarctic Sabbatical's Citizen Science Team - Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions

The Antarctic Sabbatical's Citizen Science Team

AIRBNB ANNOUNCES THE FINAL CITIZEN SCIENCE CANDIDATES FOR THE ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL 

Are you an aspiring Antarctic explorer? Passionate about environmental conservation? Sharing conservation efforts and climate education is a responsibility for all of us, requiring public advocacy and ongoing research to create more understanding of climate change. Airbnb’s Antarctic Sabbatical has announced the five volunteers who will become citizen scientists joining an expedition to one of the most remote places on earth.  Mentored by scientist, Kirstie Jones – Williams they will spend a month contributing to micro plastics research around camps operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions. 

Find out more about the candidates below. Selected by an expert panel from tens of thousands of applications, these five will be traveling to the edge of the world, bringing with them a diverse set of skills, experience, and enthusiasm focused on conservancy.  

During their time on the ice, the five citizen scientists will experience the hospitality of ALE’s camps at Union Glacier and Three Glaciers Retreat while studying snow samples. Researching the presence of micro plastics around the world can be an important gateway to understanding global pollution. This project is created by Airbnb, in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy, and logistically supported by ALE. 

 

MEET THE CANDIDATES WHO WILL SPEND A MONTH ON THE ICE AS PART OF THE AIRBNB ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL  

Let us introduce you to the volunteers who will be traveling to the edge of the world to be mentored by scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams. Selected for their background, experience, and what they can bring to the project, these 5 will contribute to important research in micro plastics and share their findings with the world. Read more about the project through Airbnb. 

Sharing our love of Antarctica and ALE’s focal point on polar conservation, we look forward to sharing more experiences with travelers, and updates of the Antarctic Sabbatical, helping increase the ways we learn about environmental impact and share information. The exploration of our environment is part of human curiosity and the opportunity to improve our environment is a part of our human responsibility.   

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Rasha, works in an sustainability education outreach program, Dubai

Rasha works as a conservation education and outreach coordinator at Emirates Nature-WWF in Dubai, is passionate about martial arts and hiking. She is incredibly excited to leverage her diverse skillset to get the most out of the Antarctic Sabbatical.

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Tynthia, loves work in community programs and volunteer services, Arizona, US

Tynthia has overcome childhood adversity and has channeled her passion for travel into volunteer work around the world, has worked with the Red Cross and for community programs in Chicago. She has also traveled to West Africa where she worked for a Ghanaian orphanage. 

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Kjersti, works in sustainability, Norway

Kjersti is on a sabbatical from her job as sustainability development director in Yara, a global crop nutrition company. An avid explorer of the Arctic, she brings years of polar experience to the task at hand.

Vivek, works in climate change education, India

Vivek is a former executive with Goldman Sachs and now works in education with a focus on climate change. He is also the founder of a start-up focused on experiential education for children through real life problem solving. His goal is to take what he learns back to India and inspire young people.

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Spencer, works as a University Assistant Professor, Hawaii, US

Working tirelessly to educate students about endangered ecosystems, ecology professor Spencer, 33, from Hawaii, is excited about the Sabbatical because he feels microplastic research can give unique insights into how small, individual actions can impact environments thousands of kilometers away.

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