Robert Gilmore

Expedition Leader / Educational Coordinator / Citizen Science Coordinator / Lecturer on Geology, Glaciology and Sea Ice

Bob (Robert) was born in Chicago, Illinois in the United States, but didn’t stay there long. Ever since he could crawl he was drawn to the natural world. Shortly after graduating University with a degree in Forested Ecosystems, he headed west and never looked back. He initially spent his summers as the Lead Wilderness Ranger on the north face of Mount Hood in Oregon for the US Forest Service and his ‘winters’ at McMurdo Station in Antarctica working for the US Antarctic Program.  

In his four seasons with USAP he helped with logistics at McMurdo, South Pole Station and remote field camps for scientists who were researching everything from the natural anti-freeze found in the fish populations to drilling ice-core samples to determine historical climate fluctuations.

In 2004 Bob decided to share the experiences and knowledge he gained with the US Antarctic Program by joining expedition life as a guide and interpreter within the realm of Glaciology and Geology. He’s been rolling through the Drake Passage and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula ever since. He has also worked many seasons in Svalbard in the High Arctic.

In 2009 he achieved a major goal by becoming one of the few people that have managed to reach both the north and south poles. More recently, he and a few colleagues have developed an evolving citizen science initiative that is helping scientists around the world better understand how climate change is affecting the Polar Regions.

When not in the Polar Regions, Bob continues exploring and resides in Colorado, spending his time hiking, fly fishing, camping and whitewater rafting.

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