Arctic expedition participant shares experience through photo presentation

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Photo by Stephen Sheppard Photography

Marine environmental student and photographer Stephen Sheppard gave a presentation at the Marine Institute in St. John’s today on his voyage with Students on Ice: Arctic Youth Expedition 2012.

Sheppard, sponsored by the Marine Institute to be one of the chaperones/leaders on the expedition, accompanied eight high school students from this province who took part in this summer’s expedition. Sheppard captured the Arctic through his lens during the 14-day ship and land-based journey through the Eastern Canadian Arctic and Western Greenland.

The expedition took place between July 29 and Aug. 13. It involved 80 international high school students, 14 to 18 years old, and a team of 35 world-class scientists, historians, artists, explorers, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts.

Check out a slideshow of Sheppard’s photos CLICK HERE.

Check out the Students on Ice website at

 According to the Students on Ice website, students learn about the changes taking place in the Arctic environment and see how these are linked to broader global environmental changes.

They explore how human and natural systems are inextricably connected.

Expedition activities include wildlife encounters, educational day excursions, visits to remote Arctic communities and archeological sites, and opportunities to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change.

Participants will likely encounter whales, seals, polar bears, caribou, seabirds, walruses and more.

Organizations: Marine Institute

Geographic location: Arctic, Western Greenland.The

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