Smelly penguins, research await Oklahoma State University team in Antarctica

SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: August 8, 2009 at 12:09 am •  Published: August 8, 2009
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lmer, a 300-foot icebreaker for the three-day trip to western Antarctica.

They’ll spend most nights on the ship but also will camp on shore among penguins that "smell really, really bad,” Simms said. They’ll probably also see killer whales and elephant seals as they do their work.

But the biggest danger may be winds up to 80 mph and temperatures that could fall to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Simms said his work will show how the continent rebounds from ice melting and could hold clues to the impact of global warming.

Stephen McKeever, OSU’s vice president for research and technology transfer, praised Simms’ project.

"As climate change and other environmental issues remain at the forefront of public discussion, research in this area will be critical to understanding human impact on our natural world,” he said.