John Priscu

  • Professor, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University

John Priscu—guitar rocker, Harley rider and internationally renowned polar scientist. In between playing gigs and cruising on his hog, the rock ‘n’ roll scientist seeks out life hidden thousands of meters beneath Antarctica. A professor of... More

John Priscu—guitar rocker, Harley rider and internationally renowned polar scientist. In between playing gigs and cruising on his hog, the rock ‘n’ roll scientist seeks out life hidden thousands of meters beneath Antarctica. A professor of ecology at Montana State University and principal investigator in the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, his work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Discover, National Geographic and numerous scientific journals, as well as on BBC and CNN. In 2003, the Byrd Polar Research Center awarded him the Goldthwait Medal for outstanding contributions to polar research. John’s research at the ends of the Earth has other-worldly implications. He says, "If life exists in outer space, it's likely in the form of microbes trapped in planetary ice."

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PopTech 2008 October 2008

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Sustainable Visions: Join polar scientist John Priscu – and his autonomous robots – as he takes us miles below the Antarctic ice to search for living organisms that may have been cut off from the rest of the planet’s ecosystem for millions of years.

Sustainable Visions: Join polar scientist John Priscu – and his autonomous robots – as he takes us miles below the Antarctic ice to search for living organisms that may have been cut off from the rest of the planet’s ecosystem for millions of years.

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