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Emanuele (Ema) Kuhn

About Emanuele (Ema) Kuhn

Presenter & Expedition Coordinator


Ema is passionate about the Polar Regions. Always fascinated with life and nature, she decided at age 13 to become a biologist and dedicated 18 years to scientific research. Twelve years of her academic career were devoted to studying life in freezing and cold environments.  

An expert in Antarctic ecosystems, she has published several research papers and has a particular interest in how life adapts and evolves in cold environments. She received her master’s degree at the University of São Paulo, working within the Brazilian Antarctic Program, and her PhD at the University of Nevada, Reno/Desert Research Institute as a Fulbright Scholar, working with the United States Antarctic Program. Her academic life gave Ema the opportunity to participate in 8 scientific expeditions to Antarctica, including the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Plateau (at 84°00' S/79°30' W), McMurdo Sound and Dry Valleys.

Ema is also a senior outdoor educator and has been guiding and teaching students in the field since 2005, encouraging their interests in the wonders of nature and life.  

Mesmerized by polar environments, particularly Antarctica, which she considers her “home sweet home,” Ema cannot wait for the next Quark Expeditions season to begin. She is looking forward to being outdoors, driving the Zodiacs, sharing knowledge, experiencing new sights and meeting new people.