Antarctic Explorers

In addition to showcasing the photography of Joan Myers, Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey also features the work of three scientists who have conducted research in Antarctica.

Dr. Christian Sidor
On view: Parotosuchus (giant amphibian) fossils

Christian Sidor studies the sequence in which mammalian features evolved, the rate at which those features were acquired, and whether those features evolved once or independently in multiple groups. Recent exploration by Sidor in Antarctica and other places around the world have produced fossils that change the way paleontologists view Pangean faunas.

Dr. Christian Sidor is the curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Museum and is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Washington.

Dr. Eric J. Steig
On view: Lab equipment used to analyze ice cores

Eric Steig is a contributor to science planning for glaciological and solid-earth geosciences in the polar regions. He is a current member of the NSF-funded Ice Core Working Group and the steering committee for the International Partnerships in Ice Coring Sciences (IPICS) initiative.

Dr. Steig is a full professor at the University of Washington, and is the founding co-director of ISOLAB, a state-of-the art isotope geochemistry facility involving research ranging from climate and atmospheric chemistry to geobiology.

Dr. William Hammer
On view: Cryolophosaurus (Jurassic dinosaur) fossils

Paleontologist Bill Hammer is one of the leading scientists studying the evolution of life on the frozen continent. He made his first trip to Antarctica as a graduate student over 30 years ago and has returned many times. His most famous discovery was Antarctica’s first dinosaur, Cryolophosaurus.

Dr. Hammer is currently a professor of geology, the director of the Fryxell Geology Museum, and the director of the Center for Polar Studies at Augustana College in Illinois. He is also a research associate of the Field Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Christian Sidor
Photo by Tim Cully