Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

About Us

We’re Doctor and Mister Fudge, and we’re going to Antarctica.  We will be sharing this adventure, but having very different experiences.

Jessie is going for the penguins; I’m going for the ice.

She will living in the ‘city’ of Antarctica – McMurdo Station. I will be living at the WAIS (West Antarctic Ice Sheet) Divide field camp.

1200 people live and work at McMurdo. 50 people live and work  at WAIS Divide.

Jessie will have a bed in a dorm; I will have an air mattress in a tent.

Jessie will be working in a medical clinic.  I will be drilling an ice core.

But that’s what’s coming, and I should write a little about who we are.

We met at Bowdoin College, where Jessie was pre-med and I was in geology.  Jessie knew she wanted to be a doctor, and I knew that I  hated rocks. So I started studying ice.

Fast forward 4 years of medical school for her and 2 master’s degrees for me (M.Sc. and MBA for those interested) and we moved to Seattle.  I started my Ph.D. in glaciology (I’m a perpetual student) and Jessie began her family medicine residency.

We spend much of free time (at least what little Jessie had) exploring the wilds of Washington either on our skis or in our kayaks. I took Jessie to Norway on a “This does not count as a honeymoon” honeymoon where we spent a week hut-to-hut hiking.  While a great trip, she made me promise to take her somewhere tropical. So I take her to Antarctica! But this time we will treat ourselves to a month of kayaking in the tropics after shivering on the ice.

My research was the impetus for heading to Antarctica and Jessie just can’t pass up an adventure. She will also be the first Fudge to visit the 7th continent – something she keeps reminding me of.

We are excited to share our adventure with you, so bookmark this site. We will post about science, medicine, wildlife, and general Antarctic craziness.

11 responses

  1. Kristi Grimes

    How awesome! Have fun you two! Look forward to reading about your adventure!

    September 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM

  2. Kristin

    Stay warm, you guys — what an adventure!

    September 16, 2010 at 12:13 PM

  3. Mark

    Hope your travels go well today. Best of luck on the start of your adventure “down under”.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

  4. Martha Aschim

    wow … incredible adventure!!

    October 3, 2010 at 4:09 PM

  5. Chad Abbott

    Hi Jessie and TJ,

    Your website is awesome! I wish I could see Antartica one day in person. I especially like the pictures of the landscape including the mountains, and you guys cross country skiing. Really miss you guys! Sorry I didn’t write sooner. I am getting settled into my first real job out of residency as Swedish. Look forward to seeing you soon. Take Care.



    January 21, 2011 at 4:42 AM

  6. Alex

    ” I knew that I hated rocks.”

    BLASPHEMY! Guess the series of ROADSIDE GEOLOGY never fixed that issue for you.

    I got partially turned on to rocks by the McPhee Encounter/Archdruid book. Later a geologist took me into the mountains above Malibu to find abalone shells that tectonics eventually released out of the soils over 1000+ ft along Mulholland Hwy. Then my brother took me on a trip along HWY 12 with a Roadside Geo book.

    So, what is the TRUTH about Global Warming? Is the air temp warming the South Pole or the tectonic plate activity melting the ice from below?

    PS I also dont believe in the spin of MARS rocks down there, just because they have noble gases; but then Ive learned to mistrust science after a few of their OOPS moments in the past.

    /// Alex the OGRE

    December 20, 2011 at 4:57 PM

  7. Jessie, I’m looking for a contact at the McMurdo hospital, which I hope you can give to me. I’m the founder and president of The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. We place beautiful nature photos in hospitals around the world. We would like to give as a gift 5 or 10 photos to this hospital. Can you help me find a way to do that? Thanks so much! Best, Elaine Poggi

    May 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    • Medical is now supported through the University of Texas. I would connect with them.

      September 11, 2014 at 3:34 AM

  8. Thanks, Jessie. I have connected with a contractor for the McMurdo Station clinic and have just sent some photos to them.

    September 13, 2014 at 6:14 AM

  9. Hi TJ! Arella has been talking constantly about coming to visit you at the South Pole 🙂

    January 23, 2015 at 12:10 PM

  10. Ivan Martin

    Best of luck on your trip!

    June 23, 2018 at 9:32 PM

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