The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

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AAE Leaders

  • Professor Chris Turney (AAE Leader)

    Chris Turney lives in the Illawarra with his wife and two children. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow andProfessor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales. Working in both the Antarctic and Arctic, Chris is extending historic records of change in the polar regions back to 130,000 years ago to help better understand the future. Described by the UK Saturday Times as the ‘new David Livingstone’, he is passionate about communicating science from the field and laboratory.

    Chris is the author of numerous books, scientific papers and magazine articles. His most recent book is called ‘1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica’ with Text Publishing (Melbourne). 1912 has received rave reviews and tells the largely unknown scientific endeavours of the five scientific expeditions in Antarctica one hundred years ago. He shows how Australian endeavour in 1912 marked the dawn of a new age in understanding of the natural world, and how lessons from a century ago might reawaken the public’s passion for scientific discovery and exploration.

    In 2007 Chris was awarded the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young Quaternary scientists, and in 2009 he received the Geological Society of London’s Bigsby Medal for services to geology. To do something positive about climate change, he helped set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.

    Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Geological Society of London, and the Royal Geographical Society.

  • Doctor Chris Fogwill (AAE Co-Leader)

    Chris Fogwill is a glaciologist, oceanographer and palaeo-climatologist working to answer the big questions surrounding climate change, melting ice sheets and sea level rise. Chris lives south of Sydney, with his partner Eleanor, two mountain bikes and a surfboard or two. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, based at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an Associate Editor for Antarctic Science. With more than ten years of Antarctic deep field experience, together with multiple trips to both Greenland and the high Arctic, he sees the Spirit of Mawson as the next big challenge.

    Chris uses direct geochronological techniques to reconstruct the Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers over timescales from centuries to millennia. His research aims to improve estimates of the past contribution of ice sheets to sea level rise to enable better prediction of future conditions. These records add an important long-term perspective on recent rapid ice-sheet change in the polar regions recorded from remote sensing and empirical observations. Ongoing research projects include understanding the response of ice sheets and glaciers over millennia to climate forcing in locations ranging from Greenland and Svalbard to Patagonia and Antarctica.

    Chris brings a wealth of experience in polar travel and logistics, having supported deep field projects for BAS and Antarctica New Zealand at sites throughout the Antarctic Peninsula, West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Ross Sea over the last decade. He has also lead a new direction in Antarctic scientific research, developing independent scientifically-driven expeditions to remote localities in the interior of the Antarctic continent, in collaboration with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE). By leading small scientific expeditions to remote regions outside the operational areas traditionally visited by government programmes, such as the Ellsworth Mountains and the Shackleton Range in the Weddell Sea, he has demonstrated the potential for adventure driven science such as the AAE.

  • Greg Mortimer (AAE Co-Leader)

    Greg Mortimer, a geologist and mountaineer by profession, lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia.

    He has been involved in Antarctic science, tourism and private expeditions since 1979 and is a former chairman of IAATO.

    From 1979 to 1984, he worked as a geologist, survival training instructor, and Scientific Affairs Adviser for the New Zealand Antarctic Division.

    Some of his achievements in mountaineering include: the first ever ascent of the South face of Annapurna Two in 1983; the first Australian ascent of the North face of Mount Everest, without the use of supplementary oxygen, in 1984; the first Australian ascent of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica, in 1988; in 1990 the first Australian ascent of K2: in 1994 the first ascent of Mt Chongtar which was the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.

    In 1988 Greg organized and led the Bicentennial Antarctic Expedition which sailed into the Ross Sea and climbed Mt Minto.

    He started a business life in 1992 with the formation of Aurora Expeditions. The company operated ice strengthened ships in the Antarctic and Arctic as well as more conventional ships on Australia’s Kimberley Coast, PNG and the Galapagos. He has visited Antarctica more than 100 times now. He sold Aurora Expeditions in 2008.

    Greg’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Australian government with the Order of Australia Medal. He is also the recipient of three Australian Geographic Society medals. He is a trustee of the Australian Geographic Society and is a vice president of the Youth Hostel Association.

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