Escape the summer heat by joining adventurer Sarah Bouckoms on a trip to the Antarctic, all from the comfort of your local library! Sarah is a world traveler with a love for the harsh but incredible Antarctic weather. She will share her experiences through photography and lecture.
Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth. This area is doubled during the winter, when the sea ice extends almost 1000 km from the coast. The ice on the continent can tell us how the climate has evolved over several hundred thousand years, and Antarctica is therefore an important reference area for international environmental research. [Source – Norwegian Polar Institute]
WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive
Sarah Bouckoms was born and raised in New England but has traveled extensively throughout the world visiting all 7 continents before turning 30. Her father was born in New Zealand and she has strong connections to her kiwi roots. Her sense of adventure, curiosity and scientific career has taken her to Antarctica, Alaska and the Arctic as she defies the stereotype of a lab scientist. Her research gear includes skis, tents, ice axes and dehydrated meals. Her expedition work includes working with the Juneau Icefield Research Project conducting one of the longest running Mass Balance Pit surveys. She has also conducted Geological Surveys, Seal Census, and a multitude of Citizen Science projects.
Her teaching experience began at the Bridgeport Discovery Museum and Planetarium, and Hebrew High School of New England followed by a five year position at the prestigious Miss Porters School for Girls. Her expertise in teaching High School Physics, Conceptual Physics, Environmental Lab Science, Robotics, Astronomy, and Climate Change makes her an ideal Exploring Woman educator and role model. Sarah is also a certified EMT, WEMT and wilderness first aid instructor. She is a council member for Polar Educators International, a member of the Explorers Club and New Zealand Antarctic Society. She has her masters in astroparticle physics from the University of Canterbury working with the IceCube Neutrino Detector and her Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies. She has been invited to present her curriculum on Climate Change at POLAR2018 in Davos.