Director joins the ACE CRC
Photo: Tara Hewitt
The ACE CRC is a collaboration between core partners – the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, the University of Tasmania and the Bureau of Meteorology – and a consortium of other partners. The Australian Antarctic Division wishes Dr Press all the best in his new role.
Antarctic Chief Scientist moving on
Photo: Jessica Fitzpatrick
Professor Stoddart joined the Division in 1998 after an impressive academic career in Scotland and the United Kingdom, and his appointment as Professor of Zoology at the University of Tasmania in 1985, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of New England in 1993.
His arrival at the Antarctic Division coincided with a push for an air link between Hobart and Antarctica. In 2004 he played a central role in a presentation to government of Antarctic science and the importance of an air capability.
Professor Stoddart has been a driving force behind Australia's coordinating role in the Census of Antarctic Marine Life – an International Polar Year project. Professor Stoddart will continue his work with the Census of Antarctic Marine Life until 2010 and his connection with the Antarctic programs of Malaysia and France.
Station Leaders for 2008-09
Antarctic and Macquarie Island stations leaders for 2008-09 are:
CASEY – Graham Cook
Photo: Graham Cook
DAVIS - Bill De Bruyn
MAWSON – Peter Hackworth
MACQUARIE ISLAND – Jason Ahrens
Photo: Barry Balkin
Director's Awards 2008
- the Casey and Wilkins summer crew of 2007-08, for exemplary service in support of the inaugural season of the Antarctic Air Link;
- Aaron Spur, for exceptional service, leadership, teamwork and commitment in support of the Australian Antarctic program's (AAp) marine science activities;
- Robb Clifton, for exemplary personal leadership in the planning, support and conduct of operations during the AAp's 2007-08 summer season; and
- the Corporate Services Group, for consistently providing a high standard of administrative support to the AAp.
Australia formalised as home of international Seabird Secretariat
Photo: Ian Hay
The historic Headquarters Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels is the culmination of negotiations between the Australian Government and other Parties to ACAP, to establish the Secretariat in Hobart, which has been the interim host in recent years.
Tasmania has a strong and long-standing commitment as a host to international Secretariats and organisations with an Antarctic or Southern Ocean focus, including the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs, and the French Polar Institute's southern base.
Historic map preserved in National Archives
Photo: Ian Hay
'We decided this map belongs with the National Archives, which has the conservation expertise to ensure its preservation for future generations of Australians,' Australian Antarctic Division Director, Dr Tony Press, said.
National Archives Director-General Ross Gibbs said the map was an important part of Australia's history in the Antarctic and would provide a valuable resource for historians, scientists and researchers. The National Archives' brief is to preserve Commonwealth Government documents and ensure the public has access to them.
The handover of the map, originally produced by the Department of the Interior with an accompanying handbook, coincided with the 75th anniversary of the transfer of the Australian Antarctic Territory from Great Britain to Australia in 1933. In 1939 the map, which charts the claim, was created using details provided by pioneering expeditions and early flights over the southern continent.
New Mawson's Huts Management Plan and web site
The Mawson's Huts Historic Site Management Plan 2007-2012, launched in June, sets out the direction of management of huts built and occupied by Douglas Mawson and his men during the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. The site is regarded as Australia's most significant historic presence in Antarctica.
At the launch of the plan in Canberra, Environment Minister, Mr Peter Garrett, said it would ensure the proper care and conservation of the place Douglas Mawson called 'the home of the blizzard'. A number of expeditions by the Australian Antarctic Division and the Mawson's Huts Foundation have carried out a range of critical conservation work in recent years, and this work will continue. View the management plan and the new Mawson's Huts web site.
Many deserving Australian Antarctic Division staff received Departmental Secretary's Awards this year, in three categories. Atmospheric scientist, Gary Burns, was recognized for 'effective mentoring and role modeling'; the Business Support Team and analytical chemist, Greg Hince, were recognized for 'knowledge sharing within teams'; and Angela Doyle of the Polar Medicine Unit, was recognized for her 'consistent contribution to the Department's goals'.
Bioremediation in cold regions
Contaminants Geochemist, Dr Ian Snape, of the Australian Antarctic Division, has co-edited a practical guide to bioremediation in cold regions. The book, Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Cold Regions, is targeted at environmental practitioners, industry and regulators, and was written by environmental engineers and scientists with first-hand experience of bioremediation in polar regions. The book contains in-depth discussions on regulations, identification and adaptations of cold-tolerant bacteria, contaminant transport in cold soils and permafrost, analytical methods, treatment, emerging technologies…and much more. Dr Snape and his colleagues in the Environmental Protection and Change program at the Antarctic Division have authored several chapters. The book is available from Cambridge University Press Australia for $199.
Earlier this year a survey was conducted amongst Antarctic Division staff to find out what they like, or would like, to read in this magazine. A range of inspiring ideas were collected, some of which appear in this issue. Among these are an overview of the science season ahead, and more historical articles and profiles of expeditioners and/or head office staff. Interest was also expressed in international events and science programs, life on station, technology used in Antarctica, and operating aircraft in Antarctica. These and other ideas will continue to be integrated into future issues of the magazine. The Editor thanks participants for their ideas and suggestions.