Photographer Chris Linder To Present On Antarctic, Arctic Research Wednesday

Chris Linder

Chris Linder, conservation photographer and filmmaker, will present “Adelie Penguins of the Antarctic” and “The Big Thaw” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre.

The event, free and open to the public, features images Linder has taken of what he calls “the most inaccessible and hauntingly beautiful places” on Earth.

Linder, a visual storyteller whose specialty is documenting research in the Arctic and Antarctic, uses photography to educate and inspire people about science and conservation.

“The Big Thaw” examines how vast stores of ancient carbon located in permafrost soils are thawing and returning to the modern carbon cycle.

The challenges presented by climate changes to the Adelie penguins, which live in the world’s southernmost penguin colony and are dependent on sea ice for survival, are explored in Linder’s other presentation.

A Naval Academy midshipman checks snow depths on the tundra.

Linder’s program is sponsored by JCC’s Earth Awareness Club, college program committee, Student Senate, and Weeks Gallery, JCC Foundation, Katharine Jackson Endowment for the Humanities, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, in collaboration with the GreenUp Jamestown Coalition.

JCC students will have the opportunity to interact with Linder prior to his presentation.

After 50 expeditions and more than two years exploring polar regions, Linder is currently focused on communicating stories and scientific findings from the Congo to Siberia. His images have appeared in museums, books, calendars, and magazines, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Nature’s Best, and Wired.

“Exploring the Arctic Seafloor,” a solo exhibition of Linder’s photographs, was displayed at the Field Museum in Chicago and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He authored Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions and was the lead cinematographer for the documentary “Antarctic Edge: 70∂ South.”

Linder earned a bachelor’s degree at the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree in oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His work has been recognized with awards from the BBC, Nature’s Best, and International Conservation Photography competitions.

Scientists have studied the Adelie penguins on Antarctica’s Ross Island for more than 50 years.

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