as told to Kendra Pierre-Louis by Ross Virginia, Director, Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College
September 19, 2017
During Antarctica's warm(er) season, the sun shines constantly. Without darkness to divide night from day, researchers find ways to cope. After 21 field seasons, here are ecologist Ross Virginia's must-haves.
I'm not trying to make a fashion statement. It's constantly bright and it's wicked dry, so I protect my eyes with dark glasses that have side coverage and 100 percent UV protection.
When you finally stop working after a long day in the field, it can be hard to sleep. Music helps me make that transition. I've rigged an Altoids box to hold a small speaker that connects to an iPod.
3. Night Shade
To block out the midnight sun, I use a neck warmer as an eye mask. During the day, I can use it as a scarf, or wear it as an open-top hat. But when I’m in my tent, I just pull it over my eyes so I can sleep.