3 But the shut down didn't only do economic damage. Important scientific research was put on hold. An example -- the National Science Foundation's three stations in Antarctica had to close. Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us live ....SHE talked with a local professor who was suppose to be part of that research... Erica... 3 3 AS OF NOW.. THAT'S HOW IT LOOKS. THERE'S A TINY GLIMMER OF HOPE SHE COULD STILL DEPLOY .. BUT CHANCES ARE, THIS LIFELONG DREAM OF DR. JULIE RICHMOND'S HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT'S TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN. 3 :00-:03:20-:26DOCTOR JULIE RICHMOND IS A MARINE MAMMAL BIOLOGIST.. HER RESEARCH HAS TAKEN HER TO PLACES LIKE ALASKA AND RUSSIA TO STUDY STELLER SEA LIONS..AND FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW, SHE'S BEEN PREPARING FOR A HUGE PROJECT.. SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE FOR ANTARCTICA IN THREE WEEKS TO STUDY WEDELL SEALS.. BUT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS THROWN A WRENCH IN HER PLANS.DR. JULIE RICHMOND/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY AT UNF 11:55 its been a dream of mine to go since I was a little kid so it was very disheartening to find out that our government because of it being shut down a couple of weeks its going to affect an entire year of data collection in the Antarctic that is what was really sad to me RICHMOND AND 6 OTHERS WERE GOING DOWN TO SAMPLE WEDDELL SEALS RIGHT AFTER THEY GIVE BIRTH, PUT SATELLITE TAGS ON THEM AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR LIFE HISTORY STRATEGIES.5:48 we have a very short window of time in order to do this research because it is a annual pupping season so basically in November they give birth to a pup it only happens once a year so we have this very narrow window of opportunity that we can get down there to do the research RICHMOND SAYS CONGRESS'S INABILITY TO AGREE.. HAS NOW PUT AN ENTIRE RESEARCH SEASON IN LIMBO FOR HUNDREDS OF PROJECTS THAT CAN ONLY BE DONE AT CERTAIN TIMES IN ANTARCTICA..12:26 I wasn't as sad for me but I was sad for science and what was going to happen to all of this phenomenal data that we've been collecting over the past 30 years and then having this gap, one year gap is really troubling 3 DR. RICHMOND WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAVE NOVEMBER 8TH.. SHE REMAINS SOMEWHAT HOPEFUL BUT THE CLOCK IS TICKING.. AND THE SHORT RESEARCH SEASON ONLY GOES UNTIL FEBRUARY. SHE SAYS THE VERY LATEST THEY COULD DEPLOY IS MID NOVEMBER BUT LONGSTANDING RESEARCH PROJECTS WILL GET PRIORITY TO DEPLOY WHEN THINGS RE-OPEN AND THE PROJECT SHE IS PART OF IS NEW.