Kathryn Moore ’14 will spend eight weeks at Palmer Station on the Antarctic coast as part of a Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences team conducting microbial research there. Starting in December, the four-person team will benefit from a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to “study microbial communities in Antarctica to better understand the cycling of DMSP, a compound that, when broken down, can lead to regional cloud formation,” according to the lab’s press release. The team will arrive in December, and their research is expected to continue through spring 2019.

Moore, Colby’s valedictorian and class marshal in 2014, published scientific articles and presented research at national conferences as an undergraduate and won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship as a junior. She majored in chemistry with an environmental science concentration and minored in physics, and she was a member of the inaugural class in the Bigelow-Colby College Changing Oceans semester program.