When we first learned of the Blog Your Way to Antarctica Trip contest being conducted by Quark Expeditions, we had no idea our very own guest blogger GrrlScientist was in the running!! And not only is she in the running...but she is in third place!! With your help, that can all change...
And why is Ms. GrrlScientist worthy enough of this escapade?
Well, besides the fact that she's a great girl and she keeps fish---
"In fact, the first pet I ever kept and bred were fish, and they were wonderful teachers for developing both a sharp eye for detail and a disciplined husbandry technique that was extremely useful later when I started keeping and breeding rare parrots," she said in a previous post for us back in January 2009.
She is also extremely well-qualified. She has her PhD in Zoology. She's studied whales and seals and has learned how hormones help birds cope with extreme environments, like the Arctic. She's a Scienceblogger of the acclaimed ScienceBlogs series. She has A LOT going for her. She knows how to deal with adventures and new environments. And best of all, she always shows her gratitude to people like you!
Perhaps I've summed up her 300-word essay in a matter of sentences? Perhaps not. To read the real thing, go here. She currently has 1500 votes and needs a hell of a lot more in 6 weeks. But she's getting there--and we can help make it happen.
Voting ends at noon EDT on September 30th. To vote, all you have to do is register, it's a one minute process but thanks to your help, a qualified candidate will be heading to Antarctica.
According to GrrlScientist, Quark Expeditions is searching for an Official Blogger to join a voyage to Antarctica. Their goals, according to an email she received recently from their official spokesperson, Prisca, are to have their official blogger write a daily blog entry in English about his or her experience on this Antarctic trip, and to help raise public awareness of the environmental and conservation issues that pertain to the Antarctic. To select their official blogger, they are asking candidates to enter a competition where the public votes for whom they think would do the best job.
And she definitely WOULD. I mean she has what it takes!