BAS Science Management Team

The overall responsibility of SciMT is to advise and support the Director of Science on management issues that affect planning and delivery of science on both short and long timescales.

Specific responsibilities of SciMT are:

  • to work collegiately to deliver solutions to issues as they arise, for the benefit of the whole Science Directorate and thereby the wider BAS
  • to support staff in the Science Directorate to work safely, efficiently, and productively
  • to enable information flow between BMT and Science Directorate teams
  • to monitor status of finances in Science Directorate throughout the reporting year via Finance updates and respond where required
  • to agree nominations for in-year bonuses and rewards for the Science Directorate

Chair: Dr Anna Jones, Director of Science

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Anna Jones

Director of Science

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Andrew Meijers

Science Leader - Polar Oceans

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Helen Peat

Head of Polar Data Centre

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Tracy Moffat-Griffin

Science Leader

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Alistair Crame

Science Leader

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Melody Clark

Genetics Leader IMP 3

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Sam Wainwright

HR Business Partner

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Geraint Tarling

Science Leader IMP 3

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Maria Fox

Principal Researcher in Environmental AI

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Athena Dinar

Deputy Head of Communications

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Peter Convey

Terrestrial Ecologist IMP 3

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Louise Sime

IDP Science Leader IMP 3

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Aidan Hunter

Ecological Modeller

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Andrew Kavanagh

Middle Atmosphere Vertical Coupling Analyst

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Emma Henshaw

Finance Business Partner, Science and Innovation

Long‐Term Variability and Tendencies in Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere Winds From Meteor Radar Observations Over Esrange (67.9°N, 21.1°E)

2 April, 2024 by Ramesh Karanam, Tracy Moffat-Griffin

Long-term variabilities of monthly zonal (U) and meridional winds (V) in northern polar mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT, ∼80–100 km) are investigated using meteor radar observations during 1999–2022 over Esrange…

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Testing the resilience, physiological plasticity and mechanisms underlying upper temperature limits of Antarctic marine ecto-therms

29 March, 2024 by Elaine Fitzcharles, Lloyd Peck, Melody Clark, Rebecca Smith, Rose Stainthorp, Simon Morley

Antarctic marine ectotherms live in the constant cold and are characterised by limited resilience to elevated temperature. Here we tested three of the central paradigms underlying this resilience. Firstly, we…

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Observing change in pelagic animals as sampling methods shift: the case of Antarctic krill

8 March, 2024 by Alison Cleary, Anna Belcher, Cecilia Liszka, Eugene Murphy, Geraint Tarling, Jaume Forcada, Nadine Johnston, Philip Trathan, Ryan Saunders, Simeon Hill, Sophie Fielding

Understanding and managing the response of marine ecosystems to human pressures including climate change requires reliable large-scale and multi-decadal information on the state of key populations. These populations include the…

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Diesel−biodegradation and biosurfactant−production by Janthinobacterium lividum AQ5-29 and Pseudomonas fildesensis AQ5-41 isolated from Antarctic soil

1 March, 2024 by Peter Convey

Given the substantial diesel demand in Antarctic operations, the means of addressing ecological restoration following its inappropriate release are attracting attention from researchers. The Madrid Protocol mandates the use of…

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Fungal and fungal-like diversity present in ornithogenically influenced maritime Antarctic soils assessed using metabarcoding

22 February, 2024 by Peter Convey

We assessed soil fungal and fungal-like diversity using metabarcoding in ornithogenically influenced soils around nests of the bird species Phalacrocorax atriceps, Macronectes giganteus, Pygoscelis antarcticus, and Pygoscelis adelie on the…

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