Dr Helen Fricker Co-Principal Investigator, Scripps Institution of Oceanography email - homepage

Prof. Richard Coleman Co-Principal Investigator, University of Tasmania email - homepage  

Dr James Behrens (Jim) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. Born and raised in Parma, Ohio, near Cleveland, he went to St. Charles elementary school and Padua Franciscan High School, where his favorite subjects were science and music. He majored in physics at Purdue University with a minor in earth and atmospheric science. Attending the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) field camp in 1998 convinced him to pursue geophysics in graduate school. He studied at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in 2005 completed his doctoral dissertation after spending several years researching a technique in which electromagnetic energy is used to explore the sub-seafloor. Jim went to Antarctica to work on the Loose Tooth project in 2005-06 and returned for the 2006-07 season; he is involved in field operations, data logger programming and GPS data processing. Some of his favorite things to do are travelling, surfing and making music. email - homepage - blog

Dennis Darnell is a staff research associate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He was born and raised in San Diego, Ca. He graduated from Vista High School in 1988 at which time he took his first college class in oceanography at Palomar College. Always interested in water-related careers and in the ocean in particular, Dennis joined the U.S. Navy as a Deep Sea Diver and Electronics Technician and was assigned to a vessel designed specifically for submarine rescue. As one of the youngest Diving Supervisors in the Navy his responsibilities included the maintenance of decompression chambers, deep submergence rescue vehicles, personnel transport capsules and the supervision of a dive team specializing in underwater welding. Dennis now works in the Center for Coastal Studies at Scripps and collaborates closely with researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Ohio State University in the design and fabrication of innovative seafloor mapping instrumentation.  This is his second time participating in the ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) in support of the Amery Ice Shelf rifting and calving project -- he took part in field operations in 2004-05 and again in 2006-07.  Some of his other interests include sailing, surfing, and Telemark skiing. email - blog


Anthony Hull (Hully) is a Field Training Officer for the Australian Antarctic Division. He is from Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia. Over the years he has worked in a copper mine, as an outdoor education teacher, and as an adventure guide. He has now spent three seasons in Antarctica guiding science parties in the Vestfold Hills, the Prince Charles Mountains, and on the Amery Ice Shelf; plus one season on Macquarie Island. He supported field operations for the Loose Tooth project in the 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. email

Dr Jeremy Bassis recently completed his doctoral dissertation in Geophysics and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California. Raised by expatriates in a remote village in Northern Ontario, Jeremy became fluent in both French and English while attending bilingual elementary and high schools. Deciding to make full use of his french language skills, Jeremy then moved to the United States and attended the Pennsylvania State University where he majored in Physics and Mathematics. After flirting with several different undergraduate research projects Jeremy realized that a career in physics entails spending all daylight hours in a dark cramped basement fiddling with a laser and muttering obscure curses about the inventors of lasers. Deciding this might not lead to the most satisfying of lives, Jeremy instead took a job as an undergraduate researcher in the Meteorology department where he helped build and deploy instruments that measured trace gases in the atmosphere. Ultimately this led him to pursue a doctoral degree from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in Geophysics. The focus of Jeremy's doctoral dissertation was on the processes and mechanisms involved in ice shelf rift propagation. For this project, Jeremy went to the Loose Tooth in 2002-03 where, as part of a larger team, he deployed GPS and seismometers around the rift tip. Jeremy has since been involved in analyzing both the seismic and GPS data as well as in planning future field seasons. His interests, outside of geophysics, include watching football, eating fatty foods and, incongruously, training for triathlons. email


Dr Tony Sprent is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania. He was born London UK too many years ago to think about. After completing a Bachelor of Surveying (Hons) at University of Queensland, Tony came to Tasmania to teach surveying at UTAS for 33 years. He did a PhD in Physics in instrument design for specialised spatial measurement applications in industrial metrology. He always maintained an interest in mechanical design and fabrication and slowly built up a fairly extensive home workshop with lathes and milling machines, welders, drill etc. He took early retirement from UTAS to concentrate on precision engineering with the design and manufacture of custom built scientific equipment. He has recently been appointed as the technical overseer for the design of a new 1.3 m optical telescope for UTAS. He is also the Technical Coordinator for TADTAS, a voluntary organisation which makes technical aids for people with disabilities. His role within loose tooth project has been the design and manufacture of the GPS and solar panel mounts which are deployed on the ice shelf. He was also responsible for the new extensometer for monitoring the expansion of the crack at the rift tip. His main hobbies are musical - he sings bass with the Tasmanian Chorale and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He and his wife Christine also own two Burmese cats which completely rule his life! email