Previous seasons? Casey Summer 2010/11, Winter Macquarie Island 2013/14.
Job title: Bureau of Meteorology Weather Observer.
Describe your role in three sentences: Here at Casey I shift work with a great team; the Bureau’s Antarctic Met Team consists of Dmitriy Danchuk (senior forecaster), Jo Haynes (Navy forecaster), Sean Reynolds (engineer technical officer) and Will Tankard (senior observer).
For my part, I perform observations, collect, quality control, prepare and launch radiosondes, then disseminate meteorological data that supports the Bureau’s Surface Observation, Upper Air GUAN (Global Climate Observing System Upper Air Network) and Casey station’s aviation programs.
I also prepare and collect air samples for CSIRO Global Atmospheric Sampling Laboratory (GASLAB) used in the Flask Sampling Network archive for the atmospheric trace gas carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations.
What did you do before you joined the AAD? The Bureau of Meteorology partners with the AAD here in Antarctica. Prior to working with the Bureau, I freelanced as a 3D Architectural Graphic Visualiser and Desktop Publisher.
What is your favourite part of your job here at Casey? Being fed beetroot pavlova layered with chocolate mousse and passionfruit sponge cake by the marvelous chefs (Avid, Jordan, Dom). I also love observing and experiencing Antarctic weather systems, local wildlife and our awesome summer crew.
If you were not a Weather Observer what would be your dream job? I feel super spoiled because I’m actually working my dream job and helping out with the hydroponics here on station, so I’m kicking goals.
How does this season at Casey compare to your previous seasons down south? This season is the best!
What do you like to do in your spare time? I assist with hydroponics we have a large team this summer — Jo Haynes, Amy Hobbs, Allan Rose, Will Tankard, Ben Harrison, Matthew Mckay, Ercole Fusco, Zac Lockhard, Stu Carlton, Lauren Wise, Darren Koppel, Gwil Price, Kathryn Brown, Jo Wilson, Anne Hellie and Wilma Huneke.
We’re currently growing lettuce, dill, chilli, capsicums, tomatoes, parsley, chives, celery, rocket, thyme and zucchini. When I’m not hugging the plants or joyfully jumping about with the sweaty lady aerobic squad, I like to draw and make gifs.
What song sums up your Casey experience so far? Fever Ray ‘IDK about you’ from Plunge Album.
What actor would play you in a film version of our 71stANARE season here at Casey? 'Totoro’ an animated character from My Neighbour Totoro — directed by the fabulous Hayao Miyazaki who should also direct this film.
Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? Fingerless gloves.
What is your favourite book and movie and why?
Favourite book: Game of Saturn. Written by Peter Mark Adams this is a historical thriller that decodes a 500 year old Northern Italian aristocratic gaming deck called the Sola–Busca Tarrochi. The deck of cards are severely layered in ancient occult themes and dark forgotten pagan gods — I enjoy the mysterious.
Favourite movie: My Neighbour Totoro. I’m a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki who wrote and directed this 2D hand drawn animation. Hayao is a workaholic who pours the best parts of his soul into his art and always seems to retire after each movie, I admire artists with this type of dedication. The story is set in classical Japan and follows two young sisters who move to the countryside where they encounter the spirits of the forest who help them deal with loss in the most uplifting way.
What is your typical ‘Slushy FM’ genre? Do you have a particular favourite? At the moment it’s Kuduro and Electropop.
Describe your Casey experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.
Feeling: Delicate sampling of a mammatus cloud
Taste: Lime vodka and mango trifle mmmmm
Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with? The spice must flow.