Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

Members' lecture

Note: Physics students, even if non-members, are encouraged to attend

Date: Tuesday 28th August, 2001
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Kerr Grant Lecture theatre
University of Adelaide

"Penguins, ice and the ionosphere: Antarctic physics"

Speaker: Dr Todd Maddern Wintering Physicist, 1998
Now at the Flinders University of SA

Australian scientists are currently involved in many aspects of Antarctic research. I worked at Casey Station as a physicist with the Atmospheric and Space Physics Group of the Australian Antarctic Division. Apart from my ionospheric research, I was also priveleged to be involved in research outside of physics. This 'extra' research involved petrels, pengiuns, lake sediments, moss beds, fish, elephant seals, ice, and human impacts. I will talk about the scientific endeavours I was involved in and share some images of this beautiful continent.

After completing a PhD at the Flinders University of SA on "Ion transport in xenon gas: applications to double beta decay", Dr Todd Maddern worked as an ionospheric physicist in the Antarctic as an employee of the Australian Antarctic Division, spending 1998 at Casey Station. He is now a Lecturer A in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences at the Flinders University of South Australia.