Field Leader Sharon Labudda in Antarctica
Field Leader, Sharon Labudda, coordinates and manages all projects and expedition personnel at Aurora Basin. (Photo: AAD)

Australian Antarctic Division

As Field Leader, I am the Australian Antarctic Division Director’s representative at the Aurora Basin camp. I am responsible for the coordination and management of all projects and expedition personnel participating in the camp’s scientific and operational activities.

I work closely with the Chief Investigator, Dr Mark Curran, to ensure the operation of the camp achieves its scientific objectives. I also work closely with the Casey Station Leader and the Casey Operations Coordinator, to facilitate the flights between Casey and Aurora Basin, to move people, retrieve ice cores and provide general camp support and retrieval.

Career highlights

I’ve been working at the Australian Antarctic Division for about 10 years. During this time I have been fortunate to work in a variety of roles including as a wintering diesel mechanic, Senior Aircraft Ground Support Officer, Voyage Leader, Deputy Voyage Leader, and Operations Coordinator.

One of my most memorable and enjoyable summers was setting up and maintaining a skiway for the Antarctica’s Gamburtsev Province (AGAP) project. This was a remote field camp, located approximately half way between Davis station and the South Pole station at an elevation of around 10 000 feet.