A new leadership team is taking the helm at Australia’s Antarctic research stations, Casey, Davis and Mawson.
The role of Station Leader at Casey research station will be filled by career policeman Paul Ross during summer, and engineer Jacque Comery over winter.
Paul has spent more than three decades in various roles with Victoria Police including serious crime and corruption investigation, and emergency management.
Jacque was the station leader at Macquarie Island last season (2015/16).
At Davis research station biologist, Kirsten Le Mar, will lead the team over the next 12 months.
Kirsten started her career studying seals at Davis station and penguins on the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island more than two decades ago.
She has also worked as an expedition leader in both the Antarctic and Arctic regions.
Former Davis station leader, Alison Dean, is heading across to Mawson for the summer, ahead of Kat Panjari taking the role over winter.
Kat comes from a background in local and state government in Victoria and Western Australia.
She has led teams responsible for a range of public health and community services, project managed large community infrastructure projects, managed emergency recovery programs and brokered urban renewal projects in disadvantaged communities.
The Station Leader on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island for 2017 will be former public servant Kyle Williams.
Kyle brings nearly 20 years of diverse experience to the role, including in the corporate Adventure Trekking industry.