Episode 8 | Invasive insects in Antarctica | Jes Bartlett

Episode 8 | Invasive insects in Antarctica | Jes Bartlett

Brrrrrrr! Winter is here so naturally we thought we’d talk about working in cold environments this week!

Jes Bartlett is a polar ecologist based at the University of Birmingham, where she is investigating an invasive species of midge in Antarctica. She’s interested in how these little critters survive in extreme polar conditions and the impact that they make on the ecosystems in the region. Jes describes the unique challenges you face when working on remote islands in Antarctica. Have a listen to find out about the beautiful and not so beautiful creatures she came in contact with and what it is like to toboggan down a glacier!

Read more about Jes’ journey through her research career on her People page, and make sure to go to the Gallery page to see some incredible photos from her work in Antarctica.

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