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.
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.