At this year's SCAR Biology conference I was given the honour of opening the conference with a public lecture, held in the beautiful Promotion Hall in the University Halls of Leuven. I provided a general introduction to terrestrial life in the Antarctic: what types of life you can find in the Antarctic, the various habitable habitats, life's evolutionary history and special adaptations to the harsh Antarctic environment.
The presentation was followed by a preview of a beautiful documentary about the biodiversity of the deep-sea around the Antarctic with Anton Van de Putte (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and KU Leuven, Belgium) and Maggie Amsler (University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA).
Hi! I am Elise Biersma, an evolutionary biologist studying polar plants and microbes.