Environment Office team

The Environment Office coordinates and monitors environmental activities on BAS stations and ships and at its headquarters in Cambridge to ensure minimum environmental impact.

Our responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing BAS environmental policy
  • Coordinating the Environmental Management System, registered to ISO14001
  • Meeting the requirements of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (1998) and the Antarctic Act (1994)
  • Carrying out Environmental Impact Assessments for all projects
  • Protecting and conserving historic BAS stations
  • Preparing an Annual Environmental Report
  • Organising the safe and proper disposal of waste
  • Organising fuel spill response and contingency planning

The day-to-day responsibility for environmental and waste management in the Antarctic lies with the Station Leaders, Ship Captains and Field Leaders, but Environment Office staff spend at least part of each summer field season in the Antarctic making environmental inspections or audits of BAS research stations and vessels, as well as leading environmental projects, such as the clean-up of abandoned facilities.

Rachel Clarke

Senior Environmental Manager

Clare Fothergill

Environmental Manager

Kevin Hughes

Environ. Research and Monitoring

Anna Malaos

Environmental Manager

Antarctica: the final frontier for marine biological invasions?

24 April, 2019

A new study looking at the implications of increased shipping activity and the impact on Antarctic marine biodiversity is published this week in the journal Global Change Biology.  The research is an important step in the quest to understand whether invasive species, introduced by shipping, will find the Antarctic marine environment more hospitable as Antarctica’s climate changes.

NEWS STORY: Antarctic conservation issues

13 July, 2012

Challenges facing the future of Antarctica A century ago, Antarctica was one of Earth’s last frontiers, but now the continent is under threat from human activity. An international team of …