Project Leaders 

PAUL A. CZIKO is an evolutionary biologist, tinkerer, diver and the Principal Investigator of the project B-195-M at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Paul studies the physiology and ecology of Antarctic fishes, especially as it relates to the evolution of their freezing avoidance strategies, and the ocean conditions in which they live. He led the development and deployment of the McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory primarily in order to better understand the environmental context in which these fishes evolved. He has completed eight seasons in Antarctica and 180 dives under the ice in support of Antarctic research projects. Paul is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon, Eugene, USA. 


ARTHUR L. DEVRIES is the Co-Principal Investigator of the project and one of the most deployed Antarctic scientists ever. He began his Antarctic career in 1961 and has travelled to Antarctica more than 50 times for scientific research. With his discovery of antifreeze proteins in Antarctic fishes in the 1970s, he opened an entirely new field of research into the physiology of cold adaptation and freezing avoidance. He has published extensively on polar fish freezing avoidance strategies over the last 50 years. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. 


Deployed to Antarctica in 2018

HENRY KAISER is a scientific SCUBA diver, musician, videographer and Antarctic field technician. Henry fills a number of important roles that every science group needs but rarely has. In twelve deployments to McMurdo Station and nearby field camps, Henry has supported numerous and varied science projects, both above and below the ice. 

KONRAD MEISTER is a protein biophysicist, antifreeze protein expert, field technician and Antarctic fisherman. When he isn't using state-of-the-art technology to better understand the interactions between antifreeze proteins and ice surfaces, he's organizing field trips to our local fishing holes and doing much of the heavy lifting necessary for our field operations. Konrad is group leader in Environmentally Relevant Interfaces at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. 

LISA MUNGER is a marine biologist and bio-acoustician, with many years of experience conducting acoustic monitoring of whales and other marine sound sources. In addition to her role as a field technician and diver in the second year of the project, Lisa will begin analysis of MOO’s unparalleled underwater Antarctic audio record. Though she has travelled widely for her work, this is Lisa’s first year on (and under) the Antarctic ice! Lisa lectures at the University of Oregon and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

WESTON TURNER is a software engineer with a background in artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded systems, and robotics. He has worked previously on 3D modeling/scanning systems for object tracking and classification as well as machine vision systems which perform visual pattern recognition. In the second year of our project, Weston will be getting his hands dirty as a field technician, as well as working to analyze our growing datasets, developing embedded software for our scientific apparatus, and helping to maintain the MOO’s software infrastructure.

Deployed to Antarctica in 2017

NICK SANTOS is a data integration and IT specialist, hacker, programmer, and GIS researcher. Following Nick's first season on the ice, he is continuing to support our technology needs and further developing the software infrastructure for our observatory. Nick's work ensures that critical data is archived and that interesting and exciting data is made available to the broader public. 


Extended Team

JOHN HILDEBRAND and SEAN WIGGINS of the Whale Acoustics Lab at the University of California, San Diego are collaborating on the hydroacoustic (underwater sound) and bioacoustic (animal sounds) components of the McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory. John and Sean contributed to the selection and development of the hydrophone module for use in the observatory, and they will use state-of-the art analytical approaches to assist in interpreting the first year-round, multiyear hydroacoustic record from McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.  


TREVOR MENDELOW, along with his team at View Into the Blue, was the primary hardware engineer for the McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory. Our system incorporates a high-definition live-streaming video camera enclosed in a View Into the Blue self-cleaning dome enclosure, as well as their integrated pressure chamber multiplexer which provides the power and data connections necessary to attach our science sensors.  


We wholeheartedly thank some of the many people that made this project possible: 


Rob Robbins
USAP Diving Supervisor

Steve Rupp
USAP Diving Supervisor

Geordan McQuiston
Sci. Construction Supervisor

Mark Farmer
Asst. Sci. Construction Supervisor

Joni Zisman
McMurdo Computer Supervisor

Dale Rivers
Fleet-Ops Supervisor

Brian Dornick
McMurdo Comms Supervisor

Zac Schroeder
McMurdo Carpenter

Travis Guy
Crary Lab Assistant

Richard Dean
Lab Instrument Tech

Graham Tilbury
Liz Widen
Neal Scheibe

Research Associates

James Meinert
MEC Shop Foreman

Liz Kaufman
Jenny Cunningham

Project Support

...And many others
Thank you!


Sara Nash
Business Director, IEE

Arlene Deyo
Purchasing Specialist, IEE

Scott Bridgham
Director, IEE

Michelle Wood
Professor of Biology, IEE

Aaron Galloway
Professor of Biology, OIMB

Jeffery Garman
Science Machinist

Kevin Buch
Diving Safety Officer
Oregon State University


View Into the Blue
Boulder, CO

Eugene Skin Divers Supply
Eugene, OR

Diversified Packaging and Shipping
Eugene, OR

Stark Bros, LTD
Lyttleton, New Zealand

SeaBird Scientific
Bellevue, WA

Ocean Sonics, LTD
Nova Scotia, Canada



Too many to list
Thank you!