ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND NEWS
MESSAGE FROM SIR BRIAN ROCHE (ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND BOARD CHAIR)
You may be aware that Antarctica New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Beggs has left the organisation. The recruitment of a new Chief Executive will begin as soon as practicable. In the interim, Peter Smith, GM Corporate Services and Strategy is Acting Chief Executive.
The focus over recent days has been to stabilise the business and return to business as usual. That is well under way. Antarctica NZ is an organisation with a strong service ethic and an ambition to do better - the organisation is not defined by one individual.
I would like to assure our community that Antarctica New Zealand will continue to work hard to support a successful season ahead. We have an immensely dedicated team that are committed to continuing their high standard of work.
Ngā mihi nui
Sir Brian Roche.
ANTARCTIC SCIENCE PLATFORM UPDATE
Platform Leadership roles announced
Antarctica New Zealand and the Antarctic Science Platform Steering Group are pleased to announce that Dr Nancy Bertler, Senior Scientist at GNS Science and Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, has been appointed the Director of the new Antarctic Science Platform. The Platform’s purpose is to further our understanding of Antarctica’s impact on New Zealand and the rest of the planet and how this might change in a warming world. Scientists will address this purpose through two major research programmes, and Antarctica New Zealand has appointed two Programme Leaders to support this: Professor Gary Wilson, from the University of Otago, will lead a programme focused on ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions, and Professor Ian Hawes, from the University of Waikato, will lead a programme investigating Ross Sea region ecosystems.
Drs Bertler, Hawes and Wilson can be contacted at the following email addresses:
Photo: Professor Ian Hawes, Associate Professor Nancy Bertler and Professor Gary Wilson.
Antarctica New Zealand's plan for hosting the Platform is currently with the Steering Group for sign off and is due for submission to MBIE at the end of this week.
Antarctica New Zealand is in the process of appointing a Platform Manager who will work with the Platform Leadership Team, government stakeholders and scientists to ensure that research programmes are delivering on the Platform objectives.
Following the research development workshops held earlier this year, discussions were synthesised into a research framework. This framework has been reviewed by the Platform’s Independent Science Panel, and the Platform team are looking forward to sharing it with the wider community in early September.
Proposals to deliver four major projects will be collaboratively designed, with the next phase to commence early next month. Proposals will be due in mid-October; this will enable logistics planning to support field activities in the 2019/20 season.
If you would like to be involved in the next phase of proposal development, please register your interest with AdminTeam@antarcticanz.govt.nz
More information about the Antarctic Science Platform and the process to date can be found here.
FAREWELL TO DR REBECCA MCLEOD - SCIENCE RESEARCH ADVISOR
We’re sad to farewell Rebecca McLeod, our warm, energetic, dedicated and passionate Science Research Advisor at the end of this month. She is leaving us to spend more time with her family, get stuck into an exciting habitat restoration project, and continue her role as Chair of the Fiordland Marine Guardians.
Becs has been an instrumental part of developing the Antarctic Science Platform to date, and has played a key role in supporting New Zealand’s Antarctic research community over the past two and a half years. Amongst numerous successes, she’s overseen the careful spend of hundreds of thousands of dollars of NZARI funding, improved the postgraduate student scholarship scheme, developed an Antarctic publications database (watch this space!), organised a successful Antarctic Science conference in Dunedin (2017), and built trusted relationships with the community. We will miss her dearly and wish her all the best with her future endeavours.
Becs on Ob Hill (Photo by Fiona Shanhun).
PLANNING FOR THE 2019/20 SEASON
Planning for the 2018/2019 season is underway. You can view a copy of the Event Planning Timeline, including key dates in the Event Manager portal on EMPEROR or download a copy here.
If you require any of the following, or propose to operate in the following areas we require this information to be in EMPEROR by 31 October 2018:
- Big ticket/out of the ordinary support from other National Antarctic Programmes
- Fixed wing support (i.e. Twin Otter, Basler or LC-130)
- Transport or use of hazardous substances (i.e. explosives and pressurised gases such as medical oxygen)
- Maritime or ship based operations
- Remote locations (beyond 200km from Scott Base)
- Large quantities and/or bulky cargo to move to Antarctica by cargo ship departing January 2019
- Ground transportation/traverse of large quantities of equipment
Congratulations to our Antarcticans on these recent publications:
Newman J., Poirot C., Roper-Gee R., Leihy R.I., Chown S.L. (2018). A decade of invertebrate colonization pressure on Scott Base in the Ross Sea region. Biological Invasions, 20. DOI:10.1007/s10530-018-1722-3
If you would like your publications featured here please email our Science Team about your papers as they go to press.