Anne Jungblut, a botany research scientist at the NHM, has been awarded the US Antarctica Service Medal. The medal was established by US Congress in 1960 to honour service personnel and civilians who contribute to US Antarctic expeditions.
Anne has been taking part in Antarctic expeditions since 2005 with the New Zealand and US Antarctic Program, and has represented The Natural History Museum on these expeditions since 2009. Her blog gives details of expeditions to look at cyanobacteria in Antarctica, which form thick mats in meltwater pools. We are always intrigued by the sampling equipment that appears in some of the photographs!