Mike Lucibella is a science journalist and editor of The Antarctic Sun, the official newspaper of the U.S. Antarctic Program. As the staff journalist, photographer and podcast producer for the program, he reports directly from the frozen continent on the wide range of research that’s carried out at the bottom of the planet, including astronomy and astrophysics.
Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest and emptiest continent on the planet; the perfect conditions to peer deep into the heavens. Astronomers use the continent as a platform to house some of the world’s top telescopes, retrieve meteorites and launch cutting-edge instruments into the stratosphere, all of which Mike has reported on.
Passionate about science communication, he is always looking for ways to bring the excitement of Antarctic research to diverse new audiences. He’s brought the excitement of science to school classrooms, comic conventions, nerd nights, science cafes and has even been known to perform science standup comedy.
His newest project, an effort called “Science Takes You Places,” brings together stories of researchers and science support staff in exotic locations to highlight how a STEM career can be the ticket to traveling the world and understanding the universe.
Before joining the USAP, Mike worked as the staff science writer for the American Physical Society, the largest physics society in the United States. He produced their newsletter, APS News, and worked with their outreach department to promote science and physics to the general public.