Taylor Dodge and Rachael Young, Rutgers University-New Brunswick seniors, are friends, roommates, South Jersey natives – and headed to opposite ends of Antarctica this field season for separate research projects to gather data on the effects of climate change.

Dodge and Young met as first-year students in the oceanography class taught by Rutgers University-New Brunswick marine scientists Oscar Schofield, Scott Glenn and Josh Kohut.

“As soon as I heard that undergraduates could do this, I wanted to go,” Dodge said.

Read more about their inspiration and preparation here.