The following table contains details of all grants approved for 2009–10 by the Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts as recommended by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) under the Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) Grants Program. The AAD is part of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

The Minister approved 35 AAS grants for 2009–10 on 15 July 2009 that were recommended by the AAD following a rigorous process of project approval. All grants are valid for a period of 12 months from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

Choose 2009/10 from the Season option on the science project search to see details on all approved science projects for 2009–10.

*Approval date is the date the funding agreement takes effect.

Recipient Project # Purpose (Project title) Value (GST incl) Approval date* Grant Funding Location
Australian National University 2780 Climate change and carbon gain in Antarctic mosses $27,590.64 21/10/09 Canberra ACT 0200
2152 Conservation of plant biodiversity in Antarctica — a genetic approach $21,930.04 11/11/09
La Trobe University 1246 Investigations of Space Weather and the Mesosphere using the TIGER Radar $22,358.16 02/11/09 Bundoora VIC 3083
2699 Small-scale processes in Earth’s mesosphere and thermosphere in the auroral zone $20,309.52 02/11/09
Macquarie University 2915 Rates of depletion of lubricant and fuel contaminants from Antarctic regions during natural attenuation and remediation procedures $27,505.17 01/10/09 North Ryde NSW 2109
2952 Spatial variability in polar soil ecosystems: An integrated study of genes, microbial biodiversity and landform evolution as a baseline for monitoring climate change. $27,720.00 02/10/09
1236 East Antarctic and Circum-Antarctic climate history in Queen Mary Land : An Australian contribution to ITASE $29,040.00 01/10/09
2400 Subsurface investigations of Marine Plain $19,573.40 21/10/09
2936 Tracking Antimicrobial Resistance from Human Sewage to the Antarctic Environment $15,493.63 01/10/09
Monash University 2932 Mesoscale Atmospheric Circulations in Terra Nova Bay $20,900.00 27/11/09 Monash University VIC 3800
Queensland Museum 3010 Diversity and evolution of Australian Antarctic sea spiders: Understanding species diversification and distribution patterns $23,422.48 21/10/09 South Brisbane QLD 4101
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 3061 Water content and freezing tolerance of Antarctic mosses — indicators of climate change $17,192.34 20/11/09 Bundoora VIC 3083
South Australian Museum 2355 Molecular studies of the origins and dispersal patterns of invertebrates in the Antarctic and subantarctic $27,258.00


Adelaide SA 5000
South Australian Research and Development Institute 859 The conservation of fur seals in the Antarctic marine ecosystem $29,700.00 14/12/09 Henley Beach SA 5022
Southern Cross University 3054 Ecological risks from oil products used in Antarctica: characterising hydrocarbon behaviour and assessing toxicity on sensitive early life stages of Antarctic marine invertebrates $27,720.00 10/03/10 Lismore NSW 2480
University of Canberra 2946 Development of an artificial “living” sediment to study the effects of metal contamination in Antarctic marine ecosystems. $27,060.00


Canberra ACT 2601
University of Melbourne 2897 Venom on ice: Novel venoms from Antarctic marine animals $23,760.00 21/10/09 University of Melbourne VIC 3010
3050 Polar lows over the subantarctic waters $19,454.69 02/10/09
2570 Constraints on hydrocarbon absorption and nutrient release from zeolites at low temperatures for hydrocarbon remediation in Antarctica $28,380.00


University of Newcastle 606 Observations of ULF space plasma waves in Antarctica $23,760.00 02/10/09 Callaghan NSW 2308
877 A Southern Hemisphere imaging riometer experiment (SHIRE) $15,815.80 02/10/09
University of New South Wales 2899 Metagenomics of Antarctic Lakes: a Model for Defining Microbial Biogeochemical Processes in the Cold $27,720.00


Sydney NSW 2052
2960 Multiple equilibria in the Southern Ocean thermohaline circulation and links to global climate $25,758.90


2691 Assessing the impact of contaminated sediments on hard-substrate Antarctic marine communities $26,070.00 02/11/09
2944 Tidal effects on the ice concentration and lead fraction over the continental shelf and slope off Wilkes Land $1,623.60


University of Sydney 3134 Vulnerability of Antarctic marine benthos to increased temperatures and ocean acidification associated with climate change $29,001.28 14/12/09 University of Sydney NSW 2006
University of Tasmania 2794 Winter foraging success of Southern Ocean predators in relation to stochastic variation in sea-ice extent and winter water formation $29,700.00 21/01/10 Sandy Bay TAS 7005
2940 Winter Foraging Locations Of Southern Ocean Predators — subAntarctic islands $23,443.20 04/02/10
2939 Satellite imagery for change detection in the sub-Antarctic: using Heard Island as a proof of concept $28,351.62 26/10/09
3130 Spatial analysis of changing terrestrial ecosystems in the Windmill Islands and the sub-Antarctic $28,290.13 26/10/09
1307 Sea ice primary production off eastern Antarctica $18,877.32 20/11/09
3117 Quantifying the effects of long term environmental change on World Heritage Macquarie Island $28,380.00 27/11/09
2930 Development and application of multidimensional gas chromatography for quantitative monitoring of Antarctic and subantarctic fuel spills $26,747.03 21/10/09
3026 The role of iron as a micro-nutrient to the Antarctic sea-ice zone algal community $21,268.63 21/10/09