Le Conte Ice Fields & Petersburg

Jun 29, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


A full day dictated an early start, with the promise of a festive brunch when we returned from cruising the icebergs at the terminal moraine of the Le Conte Glacier. The sun occasionally threatened to ruin the perfect southeastern Alaska ambiance, but never made good, so without exception we all enjoyed nice hot showers on our return to the ship.

In the afternoon, many guests opted for a trip into Petersburg, to absorb the local vibe, while others decided on dock walks and bog walks to fill in the gaps in their local knowledge base.

The bergs were beautiful in their wonderful palette of blues, and many fantastic forms were seen in the ice.

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Jeff Campbell

Naturalist

Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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