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Professor, School of Humanities, College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania

I have a BSc in Physics (U. Adelaide), a BA(Hons) in English (U Adelaide) and a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where I studied as a Rhodes scholar. My books include 'Reading Popular Physics' (Ashgate 2007), 'Antarctica in Fiction' (Cambridge 2012), 'South Pole: Nature and Culture' (Reaktion 2016), and 'Anthropocene Antarctica' (Routledge 2019). My research explores the way we use stories to create our different ideas of the Antarctic region – as a travel destination, a site of scientific inquiry, a symbol of changing global climate, and a place with a particular set of meanings for Tasmania and Australia. My work is interdisciplinary and I frequently collaborate with colleagues in a wide range of fields, including tourism studies, history, geography, sociology, musicology and marine biology. I am a researcher in the School of Humanities at UTAS.


  • –present
    Assoc. Professor of English , University of Tasmania


  • 2003 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil (English)
  • 1995 
    University of Adelaide, BA (Hons)
  • 1992 
    University of Adelaide, BSc