Chris Linder to speak

Science on Ice

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Chris Linder, science photographer
Hindle Auditorium, Science Center

Join science photographer Chris Linder as he explores how modern scientists survive and thrive in the polar regions, from Antarctic penguin colonies to the Greenland Ice Sheet.

“Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised,” wrote Apsley Cherry-Garrard of his time with the 1910 Scott expedition to the South Pole. And that’s how most of us still imagine polar expeditions: stolid men with ice riming their beards risking death for scientific knowledge. But polar science has evolved over the past century.

Using images from his book Science on Ice, photographer Chris Linder will explore how modern scientists survive and thrive in the polar regions, from Antarctic penguin colonies to the Greenland Ice Sheet.

About Chris Linder

Chris Linder uses photography to educate and inspire the public about science.  He works closely with researchers in the field, documenting them as they study the environment—whether it’s from the deck of a ship, penguin colony, or tropical jungle.

His education and training as an oceanographer give him a special insight into photographing science. Since 2002, he has photographed over two dozen research expeditions, including 14 to the polar regions. His photographs have been featured in museum exhibits, including the Field Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and in books, calendars, and magazines worldwide. He is the author of Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and The Photographer’s Guide to Cape Cod: Where to Find the Perfect Shots and How to Take Them (Countryman Press, 2007).