This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
In this course, students will examine photographs and maps from Antarctica and the surrounding ocean, and first-hand stories from 17 expeditions to the continent. Topics include: (1) geography, glaciers, mountain ranges, the Southern Ocean, climate and climate change; (2) territorial claims, cold war politics, and the Antarctic Treaty; (3) U.S. bases and expedition logistics; (4) explorations led by early explorers including Roald Amundsen, Robert F. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Richard E. Byrd; (5) geology, paleontology, and plate tectonics; (6) wildlife; and (7) tourism with an overview of cruises and a virtual tour of the Antarctic Peninsula by cruise ship.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Jim Collinson graduated from Augustana College in 1960 and earned a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University in 1966. He taught geology at Ohio State University from 1966 until 1995, when he retired, but continued working in the Byrd Polar Research Center until 1999. His areas of research include the study of sedimentary rocks, paleontology, and Antarctic geology. He conducted field research in many parts of Antarctica between 1969 and 1999, working closely with vertebrate paleontologists. Following his retirement, he has served as a lecturer on cruise ships to Antarctica for eight seasons.