People in the field

Dr Jonny Stark in Antarctica.
Chief Investigator and Diver on the antFOCE project Dr Jonny Stark. (Photo: Expeditioner photo)
Dr Glenn Johnson in a small boat in AntarcticaHelena sorting through a catch in the wet lab of the ship Aurora AustralisNick Roden filming an emperor penguin in AntarcticaMike Sparg - dive supervisor and diverCathryn Wynn-EdwardsProfessor Ian SnapeEngineer, Mark MilnesJohn Runcie, the project Dive Officer and Scientists Support OfficerDive Supervisor Clinton BerryDive Officer Andrew CawthornDiver, James Black in AntarcticaGlenn Dunshea in dive gearDive/Scientist Support Officer Kate StantonMechanical Engineer Steve Whiteside

Helena Baird – Science Officer

I’m a marine biologist with expertise in benthic ecology and genetic connectivity. For the last two years I’ve been working in marine conservation awareness and education in Australia and Indonesia. I’ve just moved from Lombok, Indonesia, back to Tasmania, before heading south again. I’ve previously been on two Antarctic summer expeditions and a marine science voyage on the Aurora Australis while working on my PhD.

Clinton Berry – Dive Supervisor

I’m a commercial diver and dive supervisor open to all things diving and looking to see where this career brings me. This summer I’ll be working as a Dive Supervisor with the antFOCE team. I was born in Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Australia in early 2009. I’m currently based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Ice hockey, drums, and my family are what interest me most. Green when it comes to Antarctica. This is my first exciting trip.

James Black – Diver

My research interests focus on anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems, and range from contaminant mitigation (ecotoxicology) to ocean acidification. In the 2013-14 Antarctic summer I volunteered as a research assistant working on a range of projects. I am now a PhD candidate at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic studies in Hobart. My PhD project aims to increase the physiological understanding of the effects of ocean acidification in-situ on phytoplankton and macro-invertebrates. My roles in the antFOCE team will include diving, laboratory and field assistant work.

Andrew Cawthorn – Dive Officer

I’m the Dive and Gear Officer in the Australian Antarctic Division’s Science Technical Support group and provide a range of technical support for marine science operations, both on ships and on stations. This will be my 16th trip to Antarctica or the subantarctic islands, including four summers at Antarctic stations, seven marine science voyages and seven resupply voyages. My role this summer will be to oversee diving operations including supervision of the other two dive supervisors that will be working with the project.

Glenn Dunshea - Dive/Scientist Support Officer

In my normal job I run a small environmental and ecological consulting company providing field, laboratory and data analysis services. My research background is predominately within the field of marine molecular ecology and using DNA techniques to answer difficult ecological questions. I work across a broad spectrum of fauna including marine mammals, Antarctic benthic predators and tropical corals. The overarching theme of my work is understanding the main influences on where different marine critters are and how they live their lives. This will be my second summer in Antarctica, with my first at Davis station in 2010. I’ve also completed three winter expeditions to the Auckland Islands in the New Zealand sub-Antarctic.

Glenn Johnstone – antFOCE Project Manager

I’m a marine biologist based in Hobart at the Australian Antarctic Division. My main role is organizing and conducting marine research projects in Antarctica, though I have occasionally jumped ship to work in other remote, fascinating places like Macquarie Island. This summer I’ll be managing the field component of the antFOCE and Thala Valley monitoring projects, and diving. This will be my tenth summer in the south.

Mark Milnes – Technician

I’m an Electronic Design Engineer based in Hobart. I have a pretty broad range of interests and experience across the field including hardware, software, firmware, communications, sensing, test and measurement and remotely operated vehicles.

This summer I’ll be the main antFOCE technician, working with the rest of the team to make sure the technical aspects of the project function correctly. I’ve previously spent two summers and a winter in Antarctica, all at Davis station, as well as a marine science voyage in the Weddell Sea on Polarstern in 2013.

Nick Roden – Carbonate Chemist

I’m a marine biogeochemist based in Hobart. My research explores the relationships between marine chemistry, marine biological and geochemical processes and how these processes influence and are influenced by global change. This summer will be my fourth trip to Antarctica, including a winter at Davis in 2010, where I conducted weather observations and collected seawater samples for my PhD.

John Runcie – Dive/Scientist Support Officer

I’m the CEO of Aquation Pty Ltd and Honorary Research Associate at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. My research interests include the physiology of marine photosynthetic organisms, marine ecosystem functioning in the context of human disturbance, and the development and application of autonomous submersible systems using bioindicators as sentinels of stress. I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales. This will be my fourth summer at Casey station and I’ll be working as a diver and scientist with the antFOCE team.

Ian Snape – Diver

I am a Principal Research Scientist and geochemist leading the remediation group as part of the Terrestrial and Nearshore Ecosystems program at the Australian Antarctic Division. I’ve been part of a dozen polar expeditions since 1992 (all summer trips), which have included working as a diver, among other roles at Antarctic and subantarctic stations. My role in the antFOCE project this summer is as a diver. I am part of the initial deployment team that will install and commission the experimental system under the sea ice in O’Brien Bay.

Mike Sparg – Dive Supervisor

Originally from South Africa, I’m now based in Melbourne and work throughout Australia as a commercial diver and micro remote operated vehicle operator. I also have a science degree and have worked on many marine research projects. This will be my first time in Antarctica where I’ll be working as a Dive Supervisor, overseeing the safety and technical aspects of diving operations. 

Kate Stanton – Dive/Scientist Support Officer

I am a scientific and commercial diver. Originally from the French Alps, I've moved around the globe a few times and lived in Seattle in the USA for a while. I studied fisheries sciences and then went on to look at cuttlefish behaviour, before deciding I was happiest in the field. Initially I came to Tasmania to do a commercial dive course but love the place and have stayed over a year now, hoping to stay and dive here as long as possible. This will be my first time in Antarctica and I’m pretty excited.

Jonny Stark – Chief Investigator/Diver

I am a marine ecologist at the Australian Antarctic Division, focusing on coastal ecosystems, benthic communities and environmental impacts. I have worked in a wide variety of regions from coral reefs to temperate kelp beds and Antarctic coasts, and completed the first study of the impacts of Australian Antarctic stations on the marine environment. I am currently responsible for the design and implementation of marine monitoring programs and research into human impacts at Australian Antarctic stations. I also manage and coordinate diving programs in support of science in Antarctic coastal ecosystems. I am the lead scientist on the Antarctic ocean acidification project and have been involved with all facets of the project from the original proposal to planning the science, to engaging with the many collaborators around the world and the wider FOCE community. I am one of the lead divers for the deployment and retrieval phases of the experiment at Casey this summer. I have done many trips trip to Antarctica, including a winter at Casey in 1998 and nine summers at Casey and Davis.

Steve Whiteside - Mechanical Engineer

I'm the Instrument Workshop Manager at the Australian Antarctic Division, where I manage a team that designs, manufactures and commissions complex mechanical scientific systems like the chambers for our ocean acidification experiment. My role on this project is to manage the mechanical design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the chambers. I previously summered at Casey station in 2005 on an ice coring project and I have been Deputy Voyage Leader four times between 1997 and 2004.

Cathryn Wynn-Edwards – Science Officer

I have a PhD in Quantitative Marine Science and a Graduate Diploma in Marine Science. Over the past 7 years I have focused on investigating the effects of ocean acidification on phytoplankton and the possible flow-on effects on the next trophic level – Antarctic krill. I am broadly interested in human impacts on the environment and conservation and mitigation efforts. Originally from Germany, I moved to Australia in 2008. This is my first trip South.