Professor Steven Chown’s research concerns biodiversity variation through space and time, and the conservation requirements for mitigating the impacts of environmental change. He co-developed the field of macrophysiology – the investigation of large-scale patterns in and processes underlying physiological variation and their ecological implications. He has worked in Australia, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, the UK, and in the Antarctic, where he has over 30 years of field experience.
For many years Steven represented the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), of which he was also President (2016-2021), at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, providing scientific advice on a broad range of environmental and science policy matters. He has been National Delegate to SCAR for both Australia and South Africa. He provides a range of advice to international Antarctic programs through advisory committees and boards.