Fond du Lac reporter profiles student ahead of research expedition to Antarctica, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, reported on Maggie Halfman, a fourth-year marine science student at the University of Maine, who will conduct a research expedition in Antarctica. The Fond du Lac native will travel to a research station in October, where she will conduct an independent project for two months. This summer, Halfman is conducting research at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole in preparation for her trip. “I was pretty taken aback when I found out I would be going to Antarctica, and I don’t think it will fully hit me until I am actually there,” Halfman said. The trip is being led by Rhian Waller, an associate research professor in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, who specializes in the reproduction and development of cold-water and deep-sea invertebrates around the globe. Her research explores how the animals are affected by both natural and anthropogenic environmental change.