NY Daily News highlights UC's antarctic research

University of Cincinnati biologist Joshua Benoit has participated in three scientific expeditions to study Antarctica's endemic wildlife

University of Cincinnati research on a wingless fly found in Antarctica generated some international news interest.

UC biologist Joshua Benoit and his students presented their findings at a recent conference of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Benoit has made three expeditions to Antarctica to study its endemic wildlife. Previously, he studied Antarctic ticks that live off penguins and other seabirds. 

The New York Daily News was intrigued about the fly's ability to withstand Antarctica's variable pattern of summer freezing and thawing.

Russia's Times of News talked about the fly's status as an extremophile capable of living in conditions that would kill lesser creatures.

Other media interest:

Cincinnati Edition: UC professor Joshua Benoit talks about his three research expeditions to Antarctica.

Europa Press: An Antarctic fly protects its eggs with 'antifreeze'

Phys.Org: Antarctic flied protect fragile eggs with 'antifreeze'

TD News: Research: Temperature-resistant gel helps the eggs of wingless flies survive the extreme conditions of the southern continent

Featured image at top: Palmer Station is the smallest of three U.S. Antarctic Program research bases. It's located on Anvers Island near the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo/Ken Keenan/NSF