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Dr Andrew Bowie

Dr Andrew BowieDr Bowie is a senior research scientist with ACE’s Carbon Program and has a PhD in Chemical Oceanography. His research interests include chemical oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, trace elements and isotopes, ocean iron fertilisation and atmospheric dust deposition. He leads a multi-disciplinary program of Southern Ocean carbon cycle research focussing on the vital role trace elements (such as iron) play in ocean ecosystem productivity and the sequestering of carbon in the deep sea. In 2010 Dr Bowie was invited to join Scientific Steering Committee for the international program GEOTRACES: ‘An International Study of Marine Biogeochemical Cycles of Trace Elements and their Isotopes’, he also received the Royal Society-Australian Academy of Science “Exceptional Young Researcher” Award and University of Tasmania “Rising Star Award”.

Andrew Bowie Website

T: + 61 3 6226 2509
E: andrew.bowie@acecrc.org.au

Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi

Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi is interested in the processes governing the interaction between the Earth's ice sheets, the oceans and other parts of the geophysical system in general. He combines computational methods, theory and available, yet sparse, observations to discover and test our understanding of the physical relationships in the global climate system. His specific interests include: the mechanisms controlling the dynamic interaction between the ice sheets and the oceans; dense water formation in Antarctica; the interactions between the ocean and sea ice, icebergs and ice shelves; and variability and change in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Email: Ben.Galton-Fenzi@aad.gov.au
Tel: +61 (0)3 6226 2251
Mail: c/- ACE CRC, Private Bag 80, Hobart, TAS, 7001, Australia.
Fax: +61 (0)3 6226 2440

Website: http://staff.acecrc.org.au/~bkgalton/

Dr Petra Heil

Petra HeilDr Heil works as a senior research scientist within the Climate Processes and Change program of the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Climate Variability and Change group of the ACE CRC. Her research concerns physical sea-ice processes, which she investigates using in situ or remotely sensed information and numerical modelling.

Her current research interests include:
  - investigation of sea-ice drift and deformation (drifting buoys and
  remotely sensed);
  - sea-ice modelling (stand-alone and coupled codes, decadal modelling
  and short-term forecasting);
  - fast-ice studies (in situ and remotely sensed) including mixed-layer
    processes;
  - spatio-temporal variability in Antarctic and Arctic sea ice, and their
    interaction with polar oceans and atmosphere; and
  - polar atmospheric processes.

T: +61 3 6226 7243
E: petra.heil@acecrc.org.au

Dr Laura Herraiz-Borreguero

Laura Herraiz-BorrequeroDr Herraiz-Borreguero finished her undergraduate degree on Marine Science at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). She moved to Hobart to do her PhD on Subantarctic Mode Water (SAMW) variability and circulation through the Quantitative Marine Science PhD Joint Program between the University of Tasmania and CSIRO. Currently, she is working on ice shelf-ocean interactions based mainly on observations from the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica.

Her research interests lie in the field of physical oceanography/ biogeochemistry of the Southern Ocean, focusing on:

  • the role of Southern Ocean water masses (in particular, SAMW, Antarctic Intermediate Water and Antarctic Bottom Water) in the global oceanic ventilation and heat/freshwater transport.
  • the biogeochemical variability of SAMW in the formation regions and its vulnerability under climate change scenarios
  • sea–ice interaction and its role in the Southern Ocean overturning circulation
  • AABW formation and variability
  • large–scale circulation and its role over the climate system.

T: +61 3 6226 7545
E: Laura.HerraizBorreguero@utas.edu.au

Dr John Hunter

Dr John HunterDr Hunter works as an oceanographer at ACE. His current interests are the sea-level rise induced by climate change, and the response of Antarctic Ice Shelves to global warming. His interest in sea-level rise was initially stimulated in the mid-1990s by his work (with others) on the historic sea-level mark at the Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur, which indicated where sea level was in 1841. This was one of the first such marks struck anywhere in the world for the scientific investigation of sea level. Recent work has involved investigations of sea-level rise in Australia, the U.S., and in the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, and the way in which this rise increases the frequency and likelihood of flooding events (www.sealevelrise.info). He has a keen interest in seeing that the science of climate change is accurately communicated, not distorted by the so-called "climate skeptics" and is appropriately incorporated into public policy. John Hunter's Website

T: +61 3 6226 7849
E: john.hunter@utas.edu.au

Dr Julia Jabour

Dr Julia JabourDr Jabour is a senior lecturer and Program Leader – Ocean and Antarctic Policy at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. Her doctoral research investigated the changing nature of sovereignty in the Arctic and Antarctic in response to global environmental interdependence, and she has been writing and lecturing on polar law and policy for nearly 20 years. Julia has visited Antarctica five times and has twice attended Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. Her current research interests include tracking marine species at risk, the Australian case against Japan in the International Court of Justice and creating temporal property rights for carbon credit trading from CO2 sequestration to the deep ocean. Julia is also book review editor for a new publication, The Polar Journal. She will be on sabbatical from 1 July 2011 – February 2012 and during this time will be teaching into the Master of Polar Laws at the University of Akureyri in Iceland and taking up a Visiting Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Dr Jabour's Reseach Profile. T: +61 3 6226 2978
E: julia.jabour@utas.edu.au

Dr Jan Lieser

Dr Jan Lieser

Dr Lieser is a meteorologist and sea ice scientist in ACE's Cryosphere Program, which studies the frozen parts in the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctic land ice and sea ice. Jan's research focus is airborne imaging techniques using aerial photography and laser scanning to estimate sea ice thickness. This information is used to check remote sensing data collected by satellites like ICESat and CryoSat-2, which is used by other Antarctic research programs. Jan has researched on-site polar meteorological observations and sea ice geophysical properties, as well as numerical modelling of Arctic sea ice and Antarctic sub-glacial lakes, and the interpretation of remote sensing data. He has participated in several field research programs in both Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean, conducted by our research partners, the Australian Antarctic Division, and the German Alfred Wegener Institute.

Sea Ice Group Website

T: +61 3 6226 7899
E: jan.lieser@acecrc.org.au

Dr Rob Massom

Dr Rob MassomDr Massom is currently a senior research scientist specialising in sea ice and remote sensing. He is a member of ACE’s Cryosphere Program. He has been involved in polar research since joining the Sea Ice Group of the Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge, England) in 1980, initially working primarily in the Arctic (1980-1992) then the Antarctic (1986-present).

Dr Massom is also a senior researcher with Australian Antarctic Division.

His current research interests include:

  • changes in Antarctic sea ice and polar oceans and their physical and ecological significance, and bipolar comparisons
  • the impact of modes of large-scale anomalous atmospheric circulation and extreme events on sea ice properties and ecology;
  • remote sensing of sea ice and its validation;
  • snow cover on sea ice (characteristics and impacts);
  • sea ice and penguins; and
  • interactions between the Antarctic Ice Sheet and sea ice (including ice-shelf breakup processes)

T: +61 3 6226 7201
E: rob.massom@acecrc.org.au

Dr Klaus Meiners

Dr Klaus MeinersDr Meiners is a sea ice ecologist working at ACE and the Australian Antarctic Division. He is leading the “Sea ice zone productivity” project in ACE CRC’s Ecosystem Impacts program linking understanding of sea ice physics and ecology.

Klaus received his PhD in biological oceanography from Kiel University (Germany) in 2002, and in 2003/2004 worked as a postdoc at Yale University’s Institute of Biospheric Studies and Department of Geology and Geophysics in Connecticut (USA). Klaus’s main research interests are physical and biological interactions in the Antarctic sea-ice zone with a focus on sea-ice algal ecology and primary production. Klaus has a keen interest in sea ice zone ecosystem function and has participated in various polar research expeditions. His current research centers on primary production and fate of sea ice algae, sea ice dissolved and particulate carbon dynamics and bio-optical methods to measure ice algal biomass on medium-large scales.

Klaus Meiners' Homepage

T: +61 3 6226 7201
E: klaus.meiners@acecrc.org.au

Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas

Jessica Melbourne-ThomasDr Melbourne-Thomas joined the ACE Ecosystem Impacts Program as an Ecological Statistician in March 2011. In this role she is interacting and collaborating with data holders and modelers in the CRC and its partner agencies, particularly the AAD and those participating in the international program Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED). More specifically, she is contributing to the development of end-to-end (also known as whole-of-system) models for physical, biogeochemical and foodweb dynamics in the East Antarctic region. This involves developing and testing existing ecosystem model frameworks for Antarctic systems, in particular the Ecosystems, Productivity, Ocean and Climate (EPOC) modelling framework, and identifying coupling points for integrating ecosystem dynamics with regional-scale oceanographic and biogeochemical models. Jess is also contributing to the development of qualitative models to explore climate change impacts on Antarctic marine foodwebs, as part of the risk assessment component of the ACE Ecosystem Impacts Program.

T: +61 3 6226 6658
E: Jessica.MelbourneThomas@utas.edu.au

Jess Melbourne-Thomas’ website: http://utas.academia.edu/JessMelbourneThomas

Dr Donna Roberts 

Dr Donna RobertsDr Roberts is a postdoctoral fellow with the ocean acidification team at ACE.

For over a decade, Dr Roberts has focused on the microscopic world in and around Antarctica – the plants and animals at the very bottom of the food chain that underpin entire ecosystems.

Currently, she is researching just how vulnerable the Southern Ocean ecosystem is to ocean acidification and how strongly even small changes in ocean pH will affect marine life, particularly pteropods: marine snails more poetically known as ‘sea butterflies’.

She focuses on the little things to illuminate some of the biggest issues facing the planet, particularly the increasingly worrying picture of ocean health in a changing climate.

Her research interests include:

-        Ocean acidification impacts on Southern Ocean plankton,

-        Antarctic and Southern Ocean plankton biodiversity and taxonomy,

-        Antarctic and Southern Ocean palaeoclimate, and

-        Science communication.

T: +61 3 6226 7543
E: D.Roberts@acecrc.org.au

Dr Stefan Vogel

Stefan VogelDr Vogel is a glaciologist with the ACE Cryosphere Program and Australian Antarctic Division. He has worked across a wide spectrum of Cryospheric Science. His current work interests are located in the areas of ice-ocean-climate interaction processes, Antarctic ice sheet mass balance and the behaviour of the ice sheet due to internal dynamics and climatic changes. His academic and educational background suits him well in interdisciplinary research and allows him to integrate between science and technology.

Over the past years his work has focused on subglacial environments and subglacial hydrological processes influencing ice sheet dynamics and ice-ocean interactions including mobilization and flux of nutrients to the ocean. He has combined numerical modelling with borehole observations and was instrumental in the development of specialised oceanographic/hydrological instrumentation.

Some highlights of his work are:  A study in the distribution of basal melting and freezing beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet and the distribution and properties of the subglacial hydrological system underlying West Antarctic ice streams; s study of subglacial sediment properties investigating geologic constraints on the existence, distribution and impact of West Antarctic subglacial volcanism; involvement in the ANDRILL MIS project - Deciphering Climatic changes and ice sheet evolution from a carbonate stratigraphy; and the development of specialised ice borehole deployable oceanographic instrumentation for the study of physical and chemical properties of subglacial hydrological systems, combining in-situ observations with user-controlled targeted sampling and on-site laboratory measurements.

T: +61 3 6226 7648
E: Stefan.Vogel@aad.gov.au