Texas Tech University

Researcher to Skype from Antarctica with Frenship Students

Glenys Young

February 8, 2019

Media are encouraged to attend and cover this event.

Natasja van Gestel and graduate student Kelly McMillen are studying climate change's effects on plants and soil microbes in Antarctica.

WHAT: Natasja van Gestel, an assistant professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences, will Skype with a fourth-grade class at Frenship Independent School District's North Ridge Elementary School from her research site in Antarctica, where she's studying climate change's effects on plants and soil microbes.

WHEN: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 12)

WHERE: North Ridge Elementary School, 6302 11th Place

EVENT: The school's main entrance is on the southeast side of the building. Media should bring credentials or a driver's license for entry.

Van Gestel is about halfway through a four-month stay at the Palmer Research Station on Anvers Island. She has been writing daily updates on her blog. During the Skype session, van Gestel will discuss her work with the students in Joanne Grothusen's class and answer their questions.

CONTACT: Glenys Young, media relations specialist, Office of Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2136 or glenys.young@ttu.edu