AGAP people and partnerships
Australia's AGAP team in Antarctica
Eric Philips - Field Leader
Eric was the Field Leader of the Australian AGAP effort and brought a wealth of polar experience to the project. He is the only person to have skied across the world's four largest icecaps - Antarctica to the South Pole, Greenland, the South Patagonian Icecap and Ellesmere Island.
His 84-day journey to the South Pole pioneered a new route through the Transantarctic mountains. His expeditions have produced three internationally screened documentaries, most notably, the Emmy Award-winning Greenland film, Chasing the Midnight Sun.
Eric was born in Melbourne, grew up in Adelaide and is now based in Hobart with his family, where he operates a adventure tourism company.
Sharon Labudda's interest in combining mechanics and aviation led her to a career in Antarctica. Sharon was the first Aircraft Ground Support Officer (AGSO) employed by the Australian Antarctic Division with the introduction, during the 2003/04 season, of fixed-wing aircraft operations within Antarctica.
AGSOs work very closely with all fixed-wing and helicopter flight crews, ensuring the smooth operation of air services between Australia's Antarctic stations and field locations.
Sharon was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal in 2007 for her work in helping to develop and refine the AGSO position to the highest degree of efficiency and safety and for constantly searching for new and better ways to improve the intra-continental support for Australia's science and operations program.
Scott Adam was based at Davis station as Plant Inspector over the 2007/2008 winter/summer season, which was his first in Antarctica after spending 26 years in the automotive industry.
Scott's main role with AGAP was to look after mechanical equipment and vehicles at base camp. He also assisted other team members in the day to day running of base camp, the construction and maintenance of the skiways, and later with air operations.
When he's not living in Antarctica, Scott lives in Sydney with his wife Maria and two daughters Ashleigh and Maddison.
International partnerships at the heart of AGAP
There is more excellent information on the AGAP project on the websites of our collaborating partners:
United States of America
- National Science Foundation
- Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
- Washington University in St Louis
- University of Kansas
- US Geological Survey
- University of New Hampshire
- Elizabeth City State University
- Penn State University