Gomes has been selected by the National Science Foundation
of the USA to participate in the next US Expedition to
Antarctica. She is scheduled to leave for the Antarctic
from New Zealand on the 10th of December on a 45 day expedition.
born in Nairobi, Kenya and was raised in Verna, Goa. She
is the daughter of Jacinto Gomes and Aida Rocha Gomes
and is married to Joaquim Goes.
completed her primary and high school educationin Goa.
She has a Masters in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Applied
Biochemistry from Bombay University. She was
formerly a Research Associate at the National Institute
of Oceanography in Goa, where she started her career.
is presently a Senior Research Associate at the Bigelow
Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Maine USA Helga is currently
working on Global Climate Changes and Ocean Ecosystem
and has researched projects funded by NASA and the National
Science Foundation (NSF).
her cruise to the Antarctica, she will be studying phytoplankton
photochemical processes in the presence of enhanced UV
radiation under the Antarctic ozone hole. This research
expedition to the Antarctica is funded by the National
Science Foundation of the USA and its primary mission
is to understand the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation
on life in the sea. Helga will be joining scientists from
Bigelow Lab.and from 7 other labs in the USA, including
the Smithsonian Research Centre, Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institute, University of Southern California and others.
45 day research expedition on board the Nathaniel Palmer
will leave for the Ross Sea, Antarctica from Christchurch
New Zealand on the 12th of December. The research team
will be flying back to Christchurch New Zealand, on board
a Hercules C-130 from McMurdo Station, Antarctica.