Monitoring penguin and seal populations, discovering a feeling of belonging and purpose in the wilderness, and pondering the nuanced histories and myths that surround the concept of “wilderness” are all goals.
They obtained data on seals and penguins at the Cape Shirreff Ecosystem Monitoring Camp in Antarctica. Although the monitoring program was initially designed to evaluate the effects of the krill harvest, climate change has since emerged as a key topic of research. The author takes into account how much they love working outside, the connection to nature it promotes, as well as how interested they are in how environmental change is influenced by human activities. The author looks at how Indigenous myths and worldviews challenge the false dichotomy between nature and humanity, especially the romantic era’s exaltation of wilderness and colonial stories about the “unsettled frontier.”