Join us on an incredible journey through the vast beauty of the White Continent, featuring pristine polar wilderness, abundant wildlife, and spectacular scenery.
Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.
En Route from U.S.
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
(R) Time at leisure, welcome reception Overnight: Albatros Hotel (or similar)
Ushuaia – Embarkation
(B,D) Wildlife and iceberg viewing, Beagle Channel Overnight: Ocean Adventurer
(B,L,D daily) Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, nature presentations Overnight: Ocean Adventurer
South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula
(B,L,D daily) Deception Island, Zodiac excursions, wildlife and glacier viewing, optional sea kayaking excursions, optional polar camping experience Overnight: Ocean Adventurer
(B,L,D daily) Lectures, time at leisure, special farewell cocktail Overnight: Ocean Adventurer
Ushuaia – Disembarkation / Depart for U.S.
(B) Activity Level: This program offers a variety of activities, including Zodiac cruises, typically not strenuous for guests with average mobility. We expect that guests be sure-footed on stairs and ramps, and be able to walk on uneven and slippery ground. Guests should also be comfortable managing landings on various terrain and boarding small vessels, both from shore and the deck of the Ocean Adventurer. Ship staff will assist guests during each landing. Walking poles will be available for use.
Meet Your Trip Hosts
Bobbi Low & Carl Simon
Bobbi S. Low is Professor in the University of Michigan School for the Environment and Sustainability (SEaS). Her research interests center on how lifetimes have evolved under environmental pressures and how they in turn constrain optimal management and conservation. Low’s research on biological and ecological issues ranges broadly, from studies of toad skin secretions, the ecological tradeoffs of marsupialism, fish schooling, kangaroo foraging, the biology of sex differences and the evolution of anisogamy (two sexes). She has worked in Australia, Sweden, Norway, and has supervised doctoral work in Guyana, Gabon, Uganda, Namibia, Tanzania, Guatemala, and elsewhere. Her book Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior integrates evolutionary, behavioral, ecological and socio-cultural impacts on sex differences. She is a co-founder and past president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. This summer the Society awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been the supervisor/mentor of about 150 UM graduate students in the last five years, including two that have won the prestigious Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award. In recognition of these accomplishments, the University awarded her the Rackham Distinguished Mentor Award.
Carl P. Simon is a Professor of Mathematics, Economics, Complex Systems, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 1999 to 2009, he was the founding Director of the UM Center for the Study of Complex Systems. His research centers on the theory and application of dynamical systems in all the sciences. He has written about the dynamics of: planetary motion, economic systems in search of equilibrium, political systems in search of optimal policies, literary genre responding to and shaping their environment, the bio-demography of modern women, ecosystems responding to human interactions, and of the spread of crime. His contributions to mathematical study of disease spread have earned for him and his research group the 1995 Howard Temin Award in Epidemiology for Scientific Excellence in the Fight against HIV/AIDS and the 2005 Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize. He was named The LSA Distinguished Senior Lecturer for 2007 and received the UM Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2012.
Bobbi and Carl have each taught at UM for over 47 years. They have hosted UM alumni tours to Australia, Belize, the Danube, the Galapagos, Argentina/Chile, the Serengeti, the Amazon and Machu Picchu.
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