United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Ariel Waldman

Formal Collaborator
McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER
Research Interests
Ariel Waldman is a field microscopist, researcher, and filmmaker. She collaborates with research teams to film microscopic and macroscopic life in Antarctica – in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the Ross Sea, and beyond. She is a National Geographic Explorer and her work in the Antarctic has been featured on NPR, PBS, and in her TED Talk which has been viewed over 1.6 million times and translated in 36 languages.

Previously, Ariel served as the chair to NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts advisory council and was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change in Citizen Science.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
McMurdo Station
Field camp - helicopter access
Dry Valleys
Research Keywords
microbiology, Dry Valleys, LTER, astrobiology, invertebrates,
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
Other NSF Antarctic Programs
Antarctic Earth Sciences
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Life Sciences Group