In November 2006, Professor Jan Pawlowski went to Antarctica, to the camp of New Harbor (near scientific station of McMurdo) to collect samples of Foraminifera, the unicellular organisms that he is studying to understand the molecular evolution of eukaryotes.
At the same time, the movie director Werner Herzog (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes; Grizzly man; Rescue Dawn) also visited McMurdo and New Harbor. His aim was rather to meet the people working in Antarctica. He wanted to know the reasons that drive them to stay in such hostile environment. From his quest came out a documentary called "Encounters at the End of the World" which should be released worldwide today and in which Jan makes an apparition. You can see him in the movie trailer around 1:22.