Name: Alana-Jayne Moore
Nicknames: Lans, Lana
From: Perth, WA. (Born in Chch, NZ, Grew up in Adelaide, SA)
Previous seasons? Macquarie Island 2019/2020 (winterer)
Job title: Meteorological Observer
Describe your role in two sentences: Sky watcher, ensemble interpreter, coffee drinker with a big chunk of admin and study thrown in this year.
What did you do before you joined the AAD? I have been working for the Bureau of Meteorology for over 10 years now at different locations within Western Australia, including Cocos Islands, Albany, Esperance, Learmonth/Exmouth, Halls Creek and Perth Airport.
What is your favourite part of your job here at Mawson? Being in Antarctica... An amazing experience that so few get the chance to do.
If you were not a Meteorological Observer what would be your dream job? Food and travel photographer. Although, I’ve always been fascinated by past climate and climate shifts, so Palaeoclimatologist has always been on the list.
How does this season at Mawson compare to your previous seasons down south? Far less wildlife around. No greenery (except for Hydro). Blizzards. The temperature is 20-30 degrees colder. Incredibly different scenery – feels like being on another planet. Ice, icebergs, sea ice.. ice, ice baby.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Photography, drawing, paint pouring, cooking, watching TV/movies or getting out and about.
What song sums up your Mawson experience so far? Under the Water by Aurora. Ran through my head constantly in the lead up to the Midwinter swim.
What actor would play you in a film version of our 75th ANARE season here at Mawson? Scarlett Johansson. It's a height thing.
What is your favourite hut for field trips and why? Every hut has it’s charms and beautiful views. Macey for proximity to the Auster emperor penguin colony. Béche because I love the googy huts.
Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? Carhartt overalls. I feel like a 2-year-old toddler waddling around in them, but they are so comfortable and warm.
What is your favourite movie and why? What We Do In The Shadows – classic. Hunt For The Wilderpeople a close second.
What is your typical 'Slushy FM' genre? Something for everyone. A lot of Pearl Jam, Florence, Teskey Brothers, Aurora, Midnight Oil, Opshop, Linkin Park, Crowded House, Meg Mac, MØ.. I just keep adding to it all the time.
Describe your Mawson experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.
Sight: Ice. The shapes and colours are so beautiful.
Smell: Eucalyptus for cleaning. Eye watering - but better than the Orange Power toilet spray.
Sound: Chunks of ice under my feet, kicking it around.
Feeling: Painfully cold hands.
Taste: Donna’s Cajun popcorn. Addictive.
Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with? You lose a lot of heat in the neck. (Wayne from Letterkenny)