PAIS: The Sound of a Community Effort

“Every contribution matters.” Anybody who ever played in a sport team probably heard this sentence at some point. Actually, this is completely true also as far as science is concerned. Whereas in the collective imagination science is about big discoveries made by a single genius, the truth is that great science is made little by little, step by step. Science is a community effort in which every contribution matters. And that is the concept from which this video was born. 

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PAIS publication acknowledgement:

Where PAIS activities have contributed to thinking or ideas behind a research publication it is appropriate to acknowledge SCAR PAIS, such as  “This research is a contribution to the SCAR PAIS program”. Please notify us of the paper by emailing ldesantis@inogs.it and  timothy.naish@vuw.ac.nz

SCAR Scientific Research Programme PAIS

The SCAR Scientific Research Programme PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics) aims to improve understanding of the sensitivity of East, West, and Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheets to a broad range of climatic and oceanic conditions.

PAIS builds on the success of SCAR-ACE (Antarctic Climate Evolution), but with a new focus on the ice sheet rather than palaeoclimate reconstructions. Study intervals span a range of timescales, including past "greenhouse" climates warmer than today, and times of more recent warming and ice sheet retreat during glacial terminations.

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GeneDr. Eugene Domack, Professor of Geological Oceanography at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, died on Nov. 20, 2017 after a brief illness.

Gene earned his Ph.D. in Geology from Rice University in 1982. He was hired at Hamilton College in 1985, after working for two years as an Exploration Geologist for Union Oil Company of California. He joined USF College of Marine Science in 2014. His scientific career was dedicated to the study of climate change. His primary passion was the history and impact of climate change in Antarctica. Gene advanced the Antarctic community’s understanding of radiocarbon dating of glacial marine sediment, and developed models of modern sedimentation within glacially-carved fjords and beneath ice shelves in order to interpret geologic records of cryosphere processes.

Gene channeled his passion for scientific investigation and discovery into building collaborative research programs at the local to international scales. His fieldwork led him all over the globe, on both land (Namibia, Australia, Greenland, Svalbard, Oneida Lake NY, and Whidbey Island WA) and at sea, where he served as Chief-Scientist or Co-Chief Scientist on 15 Antarctic cruises. His work was conducted with collaborators from around the world. A point of pride in his career was launching the international Larsen Ice Shelf System, Antarctic (LARISSA) program in 2007, one of the first projects funded by the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Integrated System Science program. LARISSA was created to document and understand the complex and highly interconnected geological, ecological, glaciological, oceanographic, and climatic systems involved in the collapse of the Larsen Ice Shelf system, and the subsequent evolution of the Antarctic Peninsula region after the collapse. Gene was especially proud of LARISSA’s interdisciplinary work, international collaborative team, its logistical coordination both aboard the RVIB Palmer and its cooperation with sister Antarctic agencies from around the world, and the numerous and diverse opportunities that the program provided for students and early career researchers.

Many current members of the Antarctic research community can trace their entrance into this special and supportive community of scientists to Gene’s mentorship. Gene gave hundreds of students their first experiences in research, in the field, at sea, in Antarctica, in the laboratory, and at professional conferences. He was a strong advocate for his students, many of whom are now leaders in the geologic and Antarctic communities. For his sustained high-impact research and student mentoring, Gene was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2004, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2011, and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.

Gene’s premature passing is a tremendous loss for the Antarctic community; his creative work will inspire scientists for years to come.

Stefanie Brachfeld, Jacqueline Dixon, Amy Leventer and Veronica Willmott