Antarctica New Zealand’s thoughts are with the British Antarctic Survey this week as they mourn the loss of colleague, friend and renowned Antarctic science and policy expert Professor David Walton.

David was an ecologist with BAS for over 40 years and worked closely with Antarctica New Zealand on the Antarctic Environments Portal and Treaty matters.

General Manager of Policy, Environment and Safety Jana Newman says David was a font of knowledge on the Treaty System and Antarctic Science.

“Last time we spoke he said he was irreplaceable - which he is, and we will miss him dearly,” she says.

Our thoughts and sympathies are also with his family and friends at this time.