Portfolio: Doug Thost


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Doug Thost is a glaciologist with the Australian Antarctic Division, based at the University of Tasmania. His current research interests include developing energy balance models for the Heard Island region, and applying the limited weather data available to reflect observed changes in the extent of Brown Glacier.

Doug's initial involvement in the Antarctic began during his PhD study of the geology of the Bolingen Islands and the Porthos Range in the remote Prince Charles Mountains (PCMs). He was the Antarctic Onshore Geoscientist for the Australian Geological Survey Organisation from 1995-98, and was responsible for data compilation and map production for areas within the AAT.

While at AGSO he was involved in fieldwork in the PCMs again with a team from Melbourne Uni in 1996, as well as mapping in Victoria and Western Australia.

Since his geology days, he is now giving glaciology a go. He has also lectured and guided on tourist trips to the Antarctic over a number of seasons, and was Voyage Leader on the Marine Science cruise to the Mertz Glacier Polynya in 2002.

But his real passion is photography, and his Antarctica field trips have resulted in some of his best work to date. He has had two exhibitions since moving to Tasmania in 1999, as part of the Hobart Midwinter Festival, and more of his images can be viewed on his web site.