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According to the UAB Reporter, UAB professor James McClintock has been named the inaugural recipient of the 2018 SCAR Medal for Education and Communication. Awarded by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the honor recognizes McClintock’s decades-long educational efforts emphasizing Antarctic climate change and impacts on marine biology.
The medal will be awarded June 21 during the Polar 2018 Conference Dinner in Davos, Switzerland.
McClintock is acclaimed in the field of Antarctic research. His work has been featured in American Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Nature and the Wall Street Journal.
An author of two highly acclaimed books, 2012’s “Lost Antarctica — Adventures in a Disappearing Land” and 2015’s “A Naturalist Goes Fishing — Casting in Fragile Waters from the Gulf of Mexico to New Zealand’s South Island,” McClintock has been providing first hand observations about Antarctica’s dramatically changing climate and ecosystem.
He has been has been interviewed on National Public Radio and most recently the Weather Channel this past May.
Along with appearances on radio, a video about his work with Adelie Penguins in Antarctica was narrated by Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford.
Here are the podcasts and video about his work.
Weather Channel: Antarctica Lives
During his decades as an Antarctic researcher, McClintock has co-directed 15 research expeditions and led 10 climate-change philanthropic cruises to the continent.
“Antarctica provides a multitude of opportunities to serve as an education model,” McClintock stated in the UAB Reporter story. “Its raw beauty, remarkable geology and oceanography, stunning wildlife, rigorous and changing climate, fascinating history of exploration and its fragility provide an unparalleled backdrop for science education and communication.”