- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois doctoral student is spending the holidays in West Antarctica for a research trip.

Champaign native Tim Hodson says he’s looking forward to long days and harsh conditions. The geologist is a Ph.D. candidate at Northern Illinois University.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/13NYOGu ) that Hodson was chosen to work alongside top researchers in West Antarctica for six weeks.

It’s a return visit. Hodson traveled to Antarctica last year to collect samples from a subglacial lake.

Now, he’s working on a multi-year ice-drilling project led by the National Science Foundation.

Researchers are investigating an area known as an ice stream, where the ice sheet meets the coast line. It could shed light on the impact of climate change.

Hodson says he loves discovering “things no one has seen before.”

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