of Michael Studinger's work, at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

The polar regions and in particular subglacial lakes capture the interest of many people, scientists and laymen. For this reason, communicating Antarctic research to the public has proven to be straightforward and successful. I have developed a strategy of integrating research, outreach and education that reaches a broad spectrum of learners.

Selected Press Coverage: The international press frequently reports about Lake Vostok and I have served as a point of contact. Below is a long list of selected articles that describe my research based on interviews with science reporters. The articles often include my pictures and illustrations. I have highlighted a few articles ( ). My two favorites are an article in Science 2005 and an article that was on the front page of the Los Angeles Times a few years ago.

New York City Polar Weekend: To help kickoff the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-09 in New York City, the American Museum of Natural History has hosted two days of lectures, panel discussions, films and family events, including a polar science fair. The IPY is one of the largest collaborative science programs the world has seen in 50 years. I have presented my subglacial lake research in a public lecture at the Kaufmann Theater and with an exhibition at the polar science fair.

Earth2Class: Earth2Class, coordinated by Dr. Michael Passow, is a unique science/math/technology learning resource for K-12 students, teachers, and administrators in the New York metropolitan area. Earth2Class is created through collaboration by research scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; curriculum and educational technology specialists from Teachers College, Columbia University; and classroom teachers in the New York metropolitan area. The program brings teachers to research scientists who share their research, techniques and findings during Saturday workshops. I have presented Lake Vostok during several Saturday workshops and will continue to participate enthusiastically in the Earth2Class project. See the most recent Lake Vostok lecture.

Lamont Open House: The annual Open House at Lamont attracts more than 4000 visitors. I have presented a Lake Vostok exhibit since 2001.

Selected Press Coverage of my Research in International News




  • Press Release by Columbia University, NSF, and AGU: "New Map of Antarctica's Lake Vostok Reveals Two Distinct Parts, With Possibly Differing Ecosystems", by Mary Tobin (Columbia University), Harvey Leifert (AGU), and Peter West (NSF), July 7, 2004.
  • ScienceNOW: "Two Ancient Lakes in One", by Kim Krieger, July 4, 2004.
  • New York Times: "Seeing a Great Lake Through Two Miles of Ice", published August 17, 2004, (link to short article).
    Unfortunately, the large 1/3 page illustration of my gravity inversion on the front page of the Science Times is not available on-line.
  • Geotimes: "Vostok's complicating ridge", by Sara Pratt, Vol. 39, No 9, p 38-39, September 2004.
  • Earthwatch Radio: "A living lake", by Cassie Wyss, broadcasted on November 10, 2004.
  • Earthwatch Radio: "Watery Worlds Beneath the Ice", by Cassie Wyss, broadcasted on November 22, 2004.
  • New Scientist: "Twin mysteries beneath the Antarctic ice", Issue 2454, July 3, 2004, page 17.
  • Popular Science: "Exploration: Ice Breakers". November 2004, page 44-45. Includes large color illustrations of my gravity inversion work by Garry Marshall. Unfortunately they are not avilable on-line.
  • La Recherche: "Vostok: deux lacs en un", by Hélène Le Meur, No 378, Spetembre 2004, page 15. Requires subscription.
  • Global Voice (Taiwan): "A Deepening Mystery", October, 2004, page 28-30, A great bi-langual article for teaching English as a second language. Includes a CD-ROM with learning material. Not available on-line.
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  • German Public TV ARD, Globus: Magazin für Forschung und Umwelt: "Der Vostok-See: Ein riesiger, geheimnisvoller See unter einem vier Kilometer dicken Panzer aus Eis". Ein Film von Sylvia Nagel.
  • Geotimes:Mini-Vostok”, by Christina Reed, July, 2002.
  • Science News:Motion of ice across Lake Vostok revealed”, Vol 161(16), page 203, April 20, 2002.
  • Mesa Acher Israelian National Geographic Magazine: 5 page article (in Hebrew) about my Lake Vostok research
    and field work, August 2002, pp 62 - 66, Journal homepage.


My Research featured in Textbooks

Magnetic Work on the Hudson River (I participated in the field work)