Robert Easther has made outstanding contributions to the Australian Antarctic Program since 1986. In this year as well as his substantial duties as Station Leader, Robert organised and developed a safe, marked route across the Sørsdal Glacier and along the sea ice to enable a biology program at Amanda Bay to be conducted.

At Head Office as Station Manager he has played a significant part in ANARE’s field program over the years through participation in operational planning committees for the Prince Charles Mountains, Heard Island, Lambert Traverse, Amery Ice Shelf and Bunger Hills field programs. Robert has also played a major role in the selection and training of new expeditioners and in 1996 he successfully acted as a mediator at Casey when difficulties arose within the station.

Robert has led five Antarctic voyages and been a cargo supervisor on another. Most recently Robert has been Project Manager for the AAP Mawson’s Huts Foundation, which mounts expeditions to Cape Denison to carry out essential conservation work on the historic huts.