Dr. Lori Ziolkowski is the lead investigator on this project. She is a professor at the University of South Carolina in the USA. Trained as both a chemist and an oceanographer, she has studied microbes living in polar regions for the better part of the past decade. Having grown up in Canada, she is no stranger to the cold. While this is her first trip to Antarctica, Lori has previously conducted fieldwork in Alaska, the Canadian high Arctic, Svalbard and spent over 300 days at sea. Lori tweets using the handle @extraneutrons.
Dr. Steffi Lutz is a collaborating scientist on the REMACA project. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the German Research Center for Geosciences. Steffi studies the biogeochemistry of polar regions, with an emphasis on the genomics of cold adapted organisms. This is also her first trip to Antarctica, but she is no stranger to sampling in polar conditions. Previously she has conducted field work on the Greenland Ice sheet, on Svalbard, and Iceland. She can be found on twitter @steffilutz.