a research expedition to the ross sea
recovering sediment cores from below the sea floor


The International Ocean Discovery Program’s ship the JOIDES Resolution journeyed to the Ross Sea of Antarctica from January to March 2018. Geologists, sedimentologists, geochemists, paleomagnetists, paleontologists and microbiologists from 14 different nations worked seven days a week to collect data about Antarctica’s past to help predict its future. The scientific drilling vessel pulled up tubes of mud and sand and silt that were examined by onboard scientists and will further contribute to research for decades to come.

The work below is from my time as one of three onboard education & outreach officers during IODP Expedition 374. I produced all video material and filmed 360 degree footage for a virtual reality ship tour. I worked alongside the two other outreach officers, both teachers - Agnès Pointu from France and Rosa Hughes-Currie from New Zealand - on blogging, social media management, and live broadcasts with schools and institutions around the world.


video episodes & profiles


blogging from the ship


Virtual ship tour

Use your mouse to click around the screen and get a full 360 degree view of scientific drilling ship.
Visit places like the main lab, drill floor, and the top of the derrick.


live video broadcasts with students

Our team did 65 live broadcasts with schools, museums, and institutions from 13 different countries that reached an estimated 2,500 students.
Watch the IODP explainer video below to get a better understanding of what these live video conferences entailed.



A glimpse at what it’s like to live on a floating laboratory in Antarctica for two months with a team of scientists, technicians, and crew.


social media

Pre-, during, and post-cruise management of the JOIDES Resolution Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.


post-cruise outreach

These videos were completed at the request of scientists post-expedition.

How much sea level rise can we expect from Antarctica, and when? One way to answer these questions is scientific ocean drilling - pulling sediment cores up from below the sea floor. This video catalogues about 50 years of scientific drilling in Antarctica.

Used as an introductory video during a speaking tour.

Used to explain microbiology on the ship.

Used to introduce Korean students to the JOIDES Resolution.



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Dr. Rob McKay & Dr. Laura De Santis

“Kim's storytelling approach of communicating science was exceptional. Her interviews with the pioneering scientists who conducted the first drilling expeditions in Antarctica 50 years ago, as well as the next generation on the current expeditions, were an outstanding contribution to science communication, and will serve as a unique archive to this scientific field."

"Kim's skill, sensitivity, enthusiasm, curiosity, and intelligence were all good ingredients for producing excellent communication work about our expedition. She did live broadcasts with students, wrote blogs, and made videos that I've continued to use after the end of the research project."