SAEF Goes South

Discover the latest information about our 2023-24 Field Season

2023-2024 Field Season

This season, SAEF is undertaking a series of fieldwork expeditions and leadership initiatives designed to deliver the science and workforce development required to address the region’s most urgent challenges.

Expeditions will take place to the Bunger Hills, Dronning Maud Land, and Cape Bird to complete fieldwork for a series of interdisciplinary research projects. In addition, four SAEF women will take part in Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative that aims to increase the visibility and influence of women in STEM.

This year’s activities are taking place against the backdrop of record low sea ice levels and the arrival of H5N1 Avian Flu that could devastate animal colonies. As Antarctica and the Southern Ocean continue to experience rapid changes that are radiating across the globe, the delivery of science to inform policy-makers on how to address these issues has never been more important. 

Follow the activities of our SAEF scientists and staff on social media via #SAEFGoesSouth.


SAEF Field Expedition Statement

SAEF scientists are taking part in the following expeditions;

Denman Terrestrial Campaign

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Dronning Maud Land Campaign

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Cape Bird Project

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Homeward Bound

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Ross Sea Voyage

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Denman Glacier
SAEF scientists are taking part in the Australian Antarctic Program's Denman Terrestrial Campaign in the Bunger Hills region.
Antarctic Peninsula
Four SAEF women will sail for this region via South Georgia and the Falkland Islands as part of Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative.
Dronning Maud Land
SAEF scientists and support personnel will complete fieldwork in this region to understand the evolution and function of the landscape and its biodiversity.
Cape Bird
SAEF scientists will travel to Cape Bird on Ross Island with Antarctica New Zealand. They will complete drone surveys of moss and penguin colonies to support a review of the ASPA Management Plan.

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“The Antarctic region is a vital part of the global climate system, and has unique landscapes and wildlife that deserve protection and conservation.” — Kita Williams, SAEF PhD Student

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