Jonathan Shackleton, cousin of explorer Ernest Shackleton, is an Antarctic specialist. Born in Ireland, he earned degrees from Trinity College in Dublin and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He currently lives in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, with his wife Daphne and their three children. A devoted Antarctic enthusiast, lecturer, traveler, and book collector, Jonathan also serves as family historian of the Irish branch of the Shackleton family that moved to Ireland from West Yorkshire in 1720. Jonathan Shackleton has traveled to the Antarctic seven times, as a lecturer and guide on the ships Molchanov, Multanovsky, Shuleykin (three trips), Orlova, and the Polar Star (two trips). He has landed on the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, and South Georgia where Ernest Shackleton is buried. In December 2000, he accompanied a group of Canadian high school students, the first ever group of young people to visit Antarctica. He returned in December 2001 as leader of a group of Irish students and teachers. And in December 2002, with another Students on Ice group, Jonathan was able to land at Point Wild on Elephant Island, a feat that is usually impossible. For more information about the student trips, visit www.studentsonice.comJohn MacKenna
is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist, biographer, and broadcaster. He is author of The Fallen and Other Stories, Clare, A Year of Our Lives, The Last Fine Summer, The Occasional Optimist, The Lost Village,
and A Haunted Heart.