Skyview grad Ashley Nelson finds adventure in Antarctica

first_imgOn the WebView a video of icefish in Palmer Station, AntarcticaView a webcam from Palmer Station, AntarcticaRead more about icefish research at Palmer Station, Antarctica:Learn more about the University of Oregon’s marine biology program at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, near Coos Bay, Ore.An overnight field trip to Sea World in San Diego in seventh grade changed the course of Ashley Nelson’s life.That experience whetted her desire to become a marine biologist. She’s pursued that goal ever since.Last summer, Nelson’s passion for ichthyology — the study of fish — compelled her to travel more than 8,000 miles from her studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., to spend five months as a research assistant at Palmer Station, Antarctica.It was a long way from home for the 2009 graduate of Skyview High School.Nelson’s primary thesis teacher first told her about the Antarctica opportunity and said: “It sounds right up your alley.”When Nelson, 23, told her parents that she could spend five months researching icefish in Antarctica, but it would mean graduating a few months later than planned, her mom, Karen Nelson, said: “Go for it! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”In May, Nelson flew to Santiago, Chile, and then to Punta Arenas, at the country’s southern tip, at the foot of the Chilean Andes. There she was outfitted with gear and clothing needed to withstand the extreme winter weather of Antarctica.last_img read more