- Published: Monday, 12 December 2016 11:09
Positive answers to two seemingly unrelated questions have led to an outstanding career dedicated to ice-core research for PAGES' outgoing co-chair Hubertus Fischer.
'Do you ski?' and 'Can you cook?' were enough to lure Fischer away from other Master's thesis possibilities. "I could full-heartedly say yes to both."
The questions were posed in 1993 by his eventual University of Heidelberg MSc and PhD supervisor Dietmar Wagenbach, who promptly asked if Fischer was willing to help conduct research in Greenland. He went twice within two years, further fueling his passion for ice-core studies. "These two trips to Greenland in 1993 and 1994 were real expeditions," said Fischer. "We rode over 1000km over the ice on skidoos, drilling shallow cores every 50km. It was not with sled dogs of course, like in the old days, but it was really going 'into the unknown'.
"Deep ice-core drilling projects are more organized, so those two expeditions were my first and most lasting experience, because of the remoteness ... to be in the field, taking care of your science and yourself … the beauty of the ice sheet and the solitude. It was also exhausting!"