Tony is a Senior Research Scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division and leader of the Australian sea ice research program. His primary interest is the physical properties of Antarctic sea ice, in particular the thickness distribution of the ice and its interaction with the atmosphere and ocean.
Tony has a BSc (Hons) in Oceanography and Meteorology, and a PhD from the University of Tasmania. He has participated in 14 research voyages to the Antarctic since 1991 and published more than 45 scientific papers relating to Antarctic sea ice. In 2000 Tony was a Fulbright scholar to the USA where he spent 12 months working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre. He is co-Chair of the SCAR Committee on “Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate” and a Vice-Chair of the World Climate Research Program’s “Climate and Cryosphere” project.
Tony has a passion for Antarctica and for sea ice. On the SIPEX expedition he will focus on field trials of new technology including radar and laser altimetry from helicopters, to help with the development of new satellite instruments for measuring sea ice and snow cover thickness. Understanding the thickness of sea ice, and how it might be changing, is a key challenge for climate scientists, and one that Tony is focused on.