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Going to MARS
Going to MARS

Going to MARS

Science in Canada's High Arctic

Extreme Latitudes


116 Pages, 8.5 x 6

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $26.00 (US $26.00) (CA $35.00)

Publication Date: November 2020

ISBN 9781938463709

Rights: WOR

Bitingduck Press (Nov 2020)

Price: $26.00


A photographic journey to one of the farthest north scientific research stations in the world

The McGill Arctic Research Station on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut has been operating continuously since 1960, and its name is more than a coincidence: this outpost at 79º26' North latitude is about as close as we can get to Mars on Earth. Getting there, living there, and doing research there are all adventures that the reader can experience from the comfort of home. The scientists who make the journey, sometimes each summer for decades, study the climate of this fascinating region, its flora and fauna, and its microfauna: the bacteria and protozoa that are the only inhabitants of much of the area. Their work tells us about the history of this planet, and about how best to search for microbial life elsewhere in the Solar System. The photos in the book show not only the scenery at the macroscale, but also visit the microscopic world to examine the lifeforms that dominate extreme environments. Glaciers, wolves, Arctic hare, willow, and Thiomicrospira: this land uninhabited by humans and dark 4 months of the year is a surprise of biodiversity. Travel to MARS, and you may begin to believe in life on Mars.


Praise for Introduction to Molecular Biophysics This book is essential reading for any physical scientist who is interested in performing biological research. ?Contemporary Physics Very useful as a resource to get a basic understanding of methodology outside one's realm of expertise … very readable. ?Gary F. Polking, Ph.D., Iowa State University The book provides a comprehensive overview of diverse methods in biophysics. It will be a great resource for every working scientist in the physical sciences. It would also be a great supporting text to read as part of an introductory course in biophysical methods, particularly for graduate students and postdocs entering the field from other disciplines. ?Anthony J. Koleske, Yale University This book provides a broad overview on the many interrelated disciplines shaping modern biophysical research. Its structure evolves from the basics of biochemistry through the principles of relevant analytical techniques to the chemistry of nanoparticles and surfaces. The many chapters appear to be rather exhaustive, clearly organized and beautifully illustrated. I believe that this book will be a useful tool to undergraduate and graduate students and a valuable reference for researchers in the field. ?Françisco M. Raymo, University of Miami This book fills the need for a practical, hands-on guide for physical scientists who are moving into biological research. ?Daniel A. Beard, Medical College of Wisconsin

Author Biography

Jay Nadeau is a professor of physics at Portland State University, specializing in the development of new techniques and instruments for imaging bacteria in extreme environments, including in space and inside the human body. Prior to PSU, she was a professor of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University in Canada, where part of her work involved testing instruments in the High Arctic. She runs an interdisciplinary research group with students from biology, chemistry, physics, math, and computer science. Her goal is to help biologists love physics and physicists love biology, and to help everyone love the microscopic world of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In her spare time, she is an ultracyclist and avid hiker. She lives in Portland with 3 large orange cats.