Delta Nature presentation to take you on an Antarctic expedition

Delta Nature presents The Antarctic: An Expedition Cruise from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Led by David Hoar and Noreen Rudd, the free presentation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen.

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Starting in Punta Arenas, Chile, Hoar and Rudd flew to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, to board the Akademik Yoffe that became their home for the next 18 days.

They began by landing on the East Falkland destinations of Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island to visit southern sea lion and rockhopper penguin colonies before crossing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia where they saw massive king penguin colonies.

After landing on the continent of Antarctica, they spent the next four days exploring historic sites and visiting research stations as they continued southwards along the peninsula.

With naturalists and scientists giving presentations on sea days, it was a busy and remarkable introduction to this fascinating part of the world.   

Hoar is a retired molecular geneticist who served on the faculty of University of Toronto, University of Calgary and University of B.C. during his working career as a research scientist, teacher and consultant. Research interests were in DNA genetic diagnosis, forensic DNA identification and, most recently, as a consultant in tissue matching for the B.C. Transplant Program.

Rudd is a retired pediatrician research scientist and medical geneticist who served on the faculty of University of Toronto and University of Calgary before retiring in 1991. She was instrumental in developing prenatal testing in Canada and is a founding member of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.

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