The International Project Office (IPO) is the central hub of the SOOS effort, coordinating international research efforts; facilitating communication; developing avenues for data management/sharing; and fostering programmatic, national and disciplinary relationships. The IPO acts as the communicating body between the SOOS Scientific Steering Committee, researchers, observational platform operators, data centres and other stakeholders.
Louise Newman oversees the running of the SOOS IPO: coordinating the delivery of all SOOS activities and products to stakeholders, facilitating the strategic planning and implementation of SOOS, managing the SOOS Network, and advocating for continued support for the IPO and SOOS activities. Louise received her PhD at the University of Tasmania, Australia on palaeoenvironmental and palaeoecological reconstructions from Antarctic lakes, with the aim to determine changes in community structure as a response to climate change through the Pleistocene and Holocene. She has held various positions looking at the 3D aspects and effects of stress on krill swarms, the use of sedimentary stable isotopes in the quantitative reconstruction of past coastal temperatures, and was involved in Australia's CPR program at Australian Antarctic Division. In 2007, Louise became the Science Officer at PAGES (Past Global Changes), where she was responsible for the coordination of scientific working groups, development of scientific activities and products, funding and reporting duties, and development and implementation of the PAGES communication strategy. Louise has also served on a number of international committees, including SCAR EBA and the International Paleolimnology Association.
SOOS’s data officer, Pip Bricher, is a reformed terrestrial ecologist who has come over to the light side of oceanographic data management. Knowing first-hand the cost of collecting Antarctic and sub-Antarctic data, and having reaped the benefits of shared data in her post-graduate studies and post-doctoral research, she works to help other researchers share their data and gain the same benefits.
In 2012, Pip completed a PhD at the University of Tasmania on mapping methods for the tundra vegetation of sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. This was followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Queensland on vegetation swamps in temperate swamps, and research on wine grape disease prediction at the University of Tasmania.
Hanne is contracted by SOOS to produce the quarterly newsletter SOOS Update. Hanne is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania, where she is working on representations of Antarctica in advertising media. She completed a Masters of Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury in 2013, examining representations of Antarctica upon the theatrical stage. Hanne travelled to Antarctica in 2011 as part of the University of Canterbury’s Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies, and has since returned for two seasons, spending time lecturing on Antarctic cruise ships. She is currently the Early Career representative on the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group Steering Committee, and vice-President of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
The IPO is hosted by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Australian Research Council's Antarctic Gateway Partnership, at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Hobart, Australia.