Andrew McMinn

University of Tasmania, Australia


Andrew McMinn graduated from Sydney University in 1978, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from Macquarie University (Sydney) in 1985. He was awarded the D.S. degree from the University of Tasmania in 2006. After working for ten years with the NSW Geological Survey in Sydney, working on recent and quaternary phytoplankton palaeoecology, he moved to Tasmania in 1991. Professor McMinn was one of the foundation staff members at the recently established Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS) at the University of Tasmania. In May 2002, he became the Director of that institute. Professor McMinn has spent 13 field seasons in Antarctica. He has also had five field seasons in the Arctic with the Norwegian researchers, and three on sea ice in northern Hokkaido. Most of his research work over the last twelve years has been focused on sea ice ecology. He has investigated the ecology, biochemistry, production, and photophysiology of the sea ice microbial communities. In particular, he has pioneered the in situ use of microsensors in polar environments. This work, combined with the effects of global change, will be a central research objective of the new ACE CRC. His work also included an examination of the effects of UV—work that was subsequently published in Nature. Another aspect of his work has been to apply the results he obtained from his sea ice ecology projects to recent climate change in sediment cores. In total, he has published more than 200 works in the international scientific literature. Professor McMinn has been the Director of the University of Tasmania’s initiative to establish an International Antarctic Institute—a consortium of Antarctic focused universities. In 2006, the International Antarctic Institute (IAI)—a consortium of 20 major universities—was established and Professor McMinn was appointed the first Director.

Biography Updated on 10 August 2008

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