2017 Team

Expedition Leader

Max Holmes

Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts




Paul Mann

Research Fellow, Northumbria University, England

John Schade

Distinguished Visiting Scientist, WHRC, and National Science Foundation

Sue Natali

Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Heidi Steltzer

Associate Professor, Fort Lewis College, Colorado


Alumni Mentor

Ludda Ludwig

Polaris undergraduate in 2011, 2012, and 2013
Research Assistant, Woods Hole Research Center




Bristol Emily

Emily Bristol

St. Olaf College, B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies, expected May 2017

Lukas Kerr

Lukas Kerr

Fort Lewis College, B.S. in Biology, expected May 2018

Cardona Bianca-Rodriguez

Bianca Rodriguez Cardona

University of New Hampshire, PhD student

Sierra Melton

Sierra Melton

Colorado College, B.A. in Geology, expected 2018


Jessica Dabrowski

Jessica Dabrowski

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, PhD student

Homero Pena

Homero Peña

Mississippi State University, M.S. -Master of Forestry, expected Fall 2017


Jasmine Gil

Jasmine Gil

University of Alaska Anchorage, B. S. in Natural Science, expected 2017

Edauri Navarro Perez

Edauri Navarro Perez

University of Puerto Rico, expected May 2018


Laura Jardine

Laura Jardine

B.S. from Oklahoma City University, expected 2018

Darcy Peter

Darcy Peter

Fort Lewis College, B.S. Environmental and Organismic Biology, expected 2017


Jimmie Jordan

Jordan Jimmie

University of Arizona, B.S in Hydrology and Atmospheric, expected May 2017

Sae-Lim Nade

Nade Sae-Lim

Brown University, B.S. Geological Sciences, expected 2018




Terez Malka

Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital




Carter Frances

Frances Carter-Johnson

Education Data Scientist,  National Science Foundation, Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Stuart Harris

Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Greg Fiske

Senior Geospatial Analyst, Woods Hole Research Center