The Team


Antarctic Science Platform Director Nancy Bertler

Nancy has led 13 field expeditions in Antarctica and major initiatives to investigate climate history using Antarctic ice cores. She is best known for her leadership of the 9-nation Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution Programme (RICE). Nancy is an Associate Professor at the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and a Senior Scientist at GNS Science. She has served as the inaugural chair of Antarctic Climate 21, an international initiative by the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) to improve 21st Century projections for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Fiona Shanhun

Antarctica New Zealand Chief Scientific Advisor Dr Fiona Shanhun

Fiona has been involved in Antarctic research for over 14 years and has led field expeditions with both the New Zealand and Australian programmes. Her PhD focused on Antarctic Dry Valley soils and she joined Antarctica New Zealand in 2014. Fiona now leads the science team, supporting the delivery of world-class research and the communication of research findings. She is a former Scientific Committee on Antarctic Fellow and leads New Zealand’s annual Ross Sea Adélie penguin census which began in the early 1980s.

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Programme Leader Professor Gary Wilson

Leads the programme that focuses on ice-ocean-atmosphere interaction.

Gary has participated in over 35 expeditions to the Antarctic and Sub Antarctic. He was recognised for his internationally collaborative Antarctic research with a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2006 for his role in bringing together the multinational team for the ANDRILL project. Gary is a Professor of Marine Science at the University of Otago, has held the Byrd Fellowship at Ohio State University and the Blaustein Visiting Professorship at Stanford University.

Ian Hawes

Programme Leader Professor Ian Hawes

Leads the programme investigating the Ross Sea region ecosystems

A Professor of Aquatic Science at the University of Waikato, Ian has been involved in polar research for 40 years. He initially worked with the British Antarctic Survey and, since moving to NZ 30 in 1989, has been involved in research into inland and coastal waters in the Ross Sea Region. He has worked with a range of national operators in Arctic and Antarctic settings and maintains an extensive network of international collaborators. His research focus is on understanding change in Antarctic ecosystems. He coordinates the ecosystems research program.

Independent Science Panel

Steering Group