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My first trip to Antarctica

Three years ago, research scientist Jess Melbourne-Thomas undertook her first voyage to Antarctica.

As an ecosystems modeller, Jess was resarching some of the smallest organisms on the planet such as algaes and phytoplankton, using computer models to plot out how things like climate change could effect their very way of life.

In this story, Jess details for voyage from start to finish from preparing their departure, the seven day trip over sea and dealing with the coldness and dryness of the Antarctic climate.


Jess is also the co-founder of Homeward Bound, a resarch voyage of 76 female scientists from around the country who’ve departed for the icy continent to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities as to influence their scientific research back in Australia.

Check out more about the Homeward Bound voyage here.

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