Antarctica New Zealand is the government agency charged with carrying out New Zealand's activities in Antarctica supporting world leading science and environmental protection. Our vision is: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean - valued, protected, understood. We work to ensure that Antarctica's environment continues to be protected, that scientists are supported to find the answers to complex scientific questions, and that science outcomes are communicated back to policy makers and the public. With over 60 years' experience working in Antarctica, New Zealand is recognised a leader in the international treaty system, and has a strong commitment to the natural environment.
Demystifying science through strong outreach and education is an essential part of our mandate.
2018 Research Awards
This year, three Doctoral candidates have been awarded scholarships as follows:
New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
Michael Bollen, University of Otago- Studying diatom "fingerprints" to accurately reconstruct past conditions
Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral Scholarships
Florence Isaacs, Victoria University of Wellington- Studying changes in sea ice ad outlet glaciers in East Antarctica and how they're linked to changes in long-term climate patterns"
Sheng Fan, University of Otago- Studying how dust and gravel in glaciers influence their flow
Applications for 2019/2020 season will open in February 2019
2017 Research Awards
This year, four Masters and Doctoral candidates have been awarded scholarships as follows:
New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
Holly Still, MSc candidate, University of Otago “Small-scale pinning points and their effect on the present and future flow of the Ross Ice Shelf”
Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Scholarships
Daniel Lowry, PhD candidate, Victoria University of Wellington “Climate-forced ice sheet modelling of Ross Ice Shelf deglaciation”
Jacob Anderson, University of Otago“Determining Antarctica’s terrestrial climate history from microbial populations in permafrost”
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute Scholarship
Lisa Craw, MSc candidate, University of Otago“Microstructure and mechanics of flowing Antarctic ice”
2017 Scholar: Daniel Lowry
Dan is a first year PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre studying past grounding line migration of the Ross Ice Shelf to better inform future model projections of the sea level rise contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), Dan first became interested in past climates and glaciology as a geology student at Brown University and working as an intern at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Paleoclimatology division. Prior to arriving at Victoria University of Wellington, Dan received his master’s degree at the University of Michigan, completing a thesis on CO2 thresholds for Paleozoic ice sheet initiation.
2017 Scholar: Jacob Anderson
Jacob obtained his BSc in Earth Science at Massey University and his MSc in Geology at the University of Otago, where he held an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award. He is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Otago. His research focuses on past Antarctic climate and ice sheet behavior. He uses glacial geology, geomorphology, cosmogenic-nuclide geochemistry and paleoecology to understand changes in ice volume, sea-level and climate through time. He has participated in four scientific expeditions to Antarctica and has been on two expeditions to the Auckland Islands. Jacob manages the environmental programmes at the Sir Peter Blake Trust. Through his research and work at the Sir Peter Blake Trust he is also passionate about science communication and outreach.
2017 Scholar: Holly Still
Holly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography degree from the University of Otago in 2013. She is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Surveying, with a focus on Antarctic glaciology and remote sensing. Holly’s MSc project investigates how small-scale pinning points (grounded regions within ice shelves) regulate the flow of the eastern sector of the Ross Ice Shelf. A key research objective is to project how changes to pinning points will affect future ice shelf flow, including changes to ice flow velocity, mass flux and the position of the grounding line. Holly’s research will contribute valuable insight into a process that affects the stability of the Ross Ice Shelf.
2017 Scholar: Lisa Craw
Lisa finished her bachelor’s degree in geology in 2014, and topped off her honours year in 2015 with a month in Antarctica investigating the seismic properties of ice in the McMurdo Ice Shelf. She is now working on her MSc at the University of Otago, observing on the mechanics of Antarctic ice flow in the laboratory. What interests her most is bridging the gap between the micro- and macro-scales, finding ways to relate microstructural processes to the long-term behavior of glaciers and ice shelves in order to better understand our changing environment.
2018 Scholar- Michael Bollen
Michael is studying geology at the University of Otago and last year, was invited to sail to the Southern Ocean with an oceanography research group from Stanford University. Michael is studying the layers of life (microscopic algae called diatoms) that died and settled into the sediment over the last million years. These diatoms hold chemical fingerprints of what the oceans were like at the time they died. The NZ Post Antarctic Scholarship means Michael will travel to the Antarctic continent to look at life growing underneath sea ice with Associate Professor Ken Ryan from Victoria University of Wellington. It’s a dream come true for this second year masters student who is passionate about algae
2018 Scholar- Florence Isaacs
Florence studied a Bachelor of Science in Geography at University of Otago, including a year at Durham University in the UK. Her Doctoral research, based at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, is looking at changes in sea ice and outlet glaciers in East Antarctica and how they’re linked to changes in long-term climate patterns.
Florence’s doctoral project uses pre-existing data sets – so she’s mainly sitting at her computer running calculations and models. But part of this scholarship award will involve her travelling to Antarctica to work in the field with NIWA scientist Natalie Robinson to study how sea ice in McMurdo Sound interacts with the upper ocean.
2018 Scholar- Sheng Fan
Sheng is studying how dust and gravel in glaciers influence their flow. This season, he’ll use sound waves to measure the ice structure and how it moves under different stress. The University of Otago PhD candidate “never thought he would be able to do Antarctic research”, but this year he will travel to Antarctica to collaborate with scientists at New Zealand’s Scott Base as well as from the Korean Antarctic Programme